Research Divisions

Organic Materials that Come Together Using the Principles of Self-Assembly

We are interested in organic materials that come together using the principles of self-assembly and can dynamically re-arrange following stimulation using light, electricity and chemical inputs. Our discovery of unexpectedly strong CH hydrogen bonds from easy-to-install triazoles has opened up a whole new class of anion receptors (see figure). We are using them to chelate, transport, regulate and sense chloride, the most abundant anion, for a range of applications involving cystic fibrosis, the nuclear fuel cycle and salty water.

Amar Flood

James F. Jackson Professor of Chemistry

Materials, Organic, Physical