Justin G. Kennemur
Our team currently has three research thrusts globally aimed at designing new polymeric systems towards current societal needs. These include: 1) Advanced elastomeric and super-soft materials with enhanced recyclability and applications in adhesion, lubrication, impact dampening, and potential replacement for articular cartilage. 2) Sustainable plastics comprised of chiral biomass-based feedstock and their stereochemical effects on material properties. 3) Functional diblock and multiblock copolymers geared towards autonomous nanostructured assemblies and use in templates for nanotechnology, ion conduction, and selective membranes for transport and filtration. Our research is highly interdisciplinary and relies on organic synthesis, polymer synthesis, organometallic catalysis, analysis of macromolecular structure, and polymer physics / engineering principles to probe material function.