New Student

Jeonghui Kim joins our group as a first-year graduate student. Jeonghui receives her BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from Inha University. She is interested in both halide perovskite and polymer materials. Welcome to the group!

New publication

Zitang (Tim)’s work entitled “Side-Chain Control of Topochemical Polymer Single Crystals with Tunable Elastic Modulus” has been published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Congratulations!

In this work, we report a systematic study on the side chain functionalization of the bis(indandione) derivative system that can be polymerized under visible light. Precisely engineered side chains help organize the monomer crystals in a one-dimensional fashion to facilitate polymerization and improve mechanical properties. Read the story here.

Visiting Scholar

We welcome Dr. Sung-Doo Baek, a research professor from Department of Materials Science and Engineering of Yonsei University, visiting us for 6 months. Dr. Baek is an expert on perovskite LEDs. Welcome to the group and look forward to working together!

New Publication

Xuyi, Zitang, and Bumjoon’s work on recyclable polymers featuring topochemically elongated and weakened carbon–carbon bonds has been published in JACS! Big congratulations!

We demonstrate a topochemical approach for creating elongated C–C bonds with a bond length of 1.57∼1.63 Å between repeating units with decreased bond dissociation energies. These materials exhibit rapid depolymerization via breakage of the elongated bond within a desirable temperature range (140∼260 °C) while otherwise remaining remarkably stable under harsh conditions. The topochemically prepared polymers are processable and 3D-printable while maintaining a high depolymerization yield and tunable mechanical properties. These results suggest that the crystalline polymers synthesized from simple photochemistry and without expensive catalysts are promising for practical applications with complete materials’ circularity. Read the paper here. Read a Blog on Medium here.