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Professor Douglas Weibel

Co-Leader IRG 3: Functional Liquid Crystalline Assemblies, Materials and Interfaces

The focus of IRG3 is on the design, synthesis and processing of new classes of functional LC materials, composites and interfaces. Another focus of IRG3 is on understanding the role of simple salts in dictating the ordering of thermotropic liquid crystals at aqueous interfaces. IRG3 is also investigating the use of defects as “templates” for the synthesis of polymeric nanoparticles. The third theme of research IRG3 addresses revolves around the synthesis and characterization of three classes of LC soft solids - molecular LC gels, colloidal LC gels, and polymeric gels templated from lyotropic LCs.

Research Interests

  • Soft materials
  • Micro- and nanofabrication
  • Microbiology
  • Chemical biology
  • Biotechnology