Rzayev Research Group

  1. Recent News

  2. 5/18 Congratulations to Liuyin for his article on gradient bottlebrush copolymers, which was published in ACS Macro Letters. [Link

  3. 12/17 Jose Mapas successfully defended his PhD thesis on the synthesis and self-assembly of polystyrene-poly(solketal methacrylate) block copolymers. Congratulations!

  4. 11/17 Welcome to Kristine Joy Camacho (KJ) who joined our research group as a first year graduate student.

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Polymer Chemistry at UB

Polymers have been at the forefront of soft nanomaterials research due to their availability from inexpensive feedstocks, chemical versatility and nanometer size scale. Copolymers can be produced by incorporating two or more different monomeric building blocks into a polymer chain in a random, alternating or blocky fashion. The solid state structure and properties of polymeric materials depend on the chemical identity of polymer chains as well as their ability to interact with each other to form supramolecular assemblies.

Our research program embraces all the steps of a successful materials design, from building tailored polymer structures and architectures to analyzing their supramolecular organization to testing their macroscale properties. The main thrust is centered around shape-persistent macromolecules, such as bottlebrush copolymers, as building blocks for nanoscale assemblies and functional materials. We synthesize complex macromolecular architectures and study how these molecules come together to form a solid state material or discrete assemblies in solution. We are interested in developing nanoporous materials for membrane applications and water purification, organic/inorganic hybrid materials for separations and catalysis, ultrahigh pitch periodic nanostructures for photonic applications, ultrasmall pitch periodic nanostructures for nanopatterning, and polymeric nanoparticles for drug delivery. Multidisciplinary nature of the program allows students to acquire diverse synthetic and analytical skills and develop broad scientific vision.


Research Highlight

Mesoporous polymer frameworks prepared by interconnecting rigid bottlebrush linkers. Attainable pore diameters of 9-50 nm are tunable by bottlebrush molecular dimensions.