(Lecture, May 23) Molecular Architectures and Functional Materials through Dynamic Covalent Assembly
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Title:Molecular Architectures and Functional Materials through Dynamic Covalent Assembly
Speaker: Prof. Wei Zhang (University of Colorado Boulder)
Venue: Room 502, Science Park Building No.1, Northern Area, Wushan Campus
Time: Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 10:00
Dr. Wei Zhang is currently an associate professor of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of Colorado Boulder. His research mainly focus on design and synthesis of novel organic functional materials and nanocomposites, including shape persistent macrocycles, molecular cages, porous materials, and malleable self-healing polymers; investigation of their structure-property relationship; exploration of their potential applications in carbon capture, molecular separation, artificial photosynthesis, energy storage, etc. Prof. Zhang has published more than 70 research articles and is the inventor/co-inventor of over 10 patents. His work has been highlighted by Nature Chemistry, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. and other top journals. He is also serving as reviewer for international scientific journals, such as Nature, Nature Chemistry, Nature Communications, Journal of American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie, Chemical Society Review, Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, etc.
Dynamic covalent chemistry (DCvC) has attracted tremendous research interest, particularly in the past decade, due to its great power in highly efficient construction of complex functional molecular architectures from simple small organic building blocks. This talk will focus on the recent progress in Zhang group in the design, synthesis, and property study of shape-persistent, customizable molecular cages and functional polymeric materials. These materials have shown a variety of important applications, such as molecular separation, nanoparticle synthesis, energy storage, etc. Our results illustrate how the thermodynamically controlled DCvC can be utilized to construct target-specific organic functional materials and enable their practical applications.

Announced by School of Materials Science and Engineering