Associate Vice President for Research, Strategic Interdisciplinary Research
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Professor of Chemistry, by Courtesy
Davidson School of Chemical Engineering
Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering
480 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2100
POWER Lab Research GroupFunctional macromolecules have attracted increasing attention as applications for these materials have begun to emerge in fields ranging from bioengineering to advanced energy systems. In particular, optoelectronically-active, thermoelectrically-active, and bioelectronically-active polymers have emerged as their own class of materials in recent years due to their promise of offering inexpensive, flexible, and lightweight alternatives to applications previously dominated by inorganic materials. Furthermore, chemically-selective homopolymers and block polymers can be utilized in detection and purification applications as well. Importantly, these types of functional polymers have optical, electronic, and chemical properties that may be tuned by using well-designed chemical synthesis to control precisely the chemical constituents, the distribution of functionality along the polymer backbone, the molecular weight, and the molecular weight distributions of the macromolecules.
In our laboratory, we determine how the control of macromolecular design affects the all-important nanoscale structure of these materials. In turn, this provides a handle by which to improve the performance of a variety of thin film applications. Currently, we are examining five specific research thrusts that will utilize the advantages of functional homopolymers and block polymers for the fabrication of next generation organic electronic and advanced separations devices for enhanced energy, water, and health applications.
- The design and utilization of functional radical polymers for transparent, conducting polymer thin films.
- The design of novel polymers and polymer composites for thermoelectric and magnetic devices.
- The creation of macromolecules for flexible and stretchable organic bioelectronic systems.
- The synthesis and microstructural characterization of functional triblock polymers for enhanced water purification applications.
- The fabrication of microstructured and nanostructured conducting polymers and composite materials for next-generation sensing platforms.
Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Associates
- Dr. Suman Debnath
- Dr. Baiju Krishnan
- Araoluwa (Ara) Adaramola (co-advised with Professor Allison Godwin)
- Carsten Flores-Hansen (Chemistry)
- Sheng-Ning Hsu (co-advised with Professor Letian Dou)
- Zihao Liang
- Kangying (Connie) Liu (Chemistry)
- Oluwafemi Ogunlalu (Chemistry)
- Kuluni Perera (Chemistry, co-advised with Professor Jianguo Mei)
- Hamas Tahir (co-advised with Professor Brett Savoie)
- Ying Tan (co-advised with Professor Brett Savoie)
- Dharini Varadharajan (co-advised with Professor Letian Dou)
- Aaron Woeppel (co-advised with Professor Stephen Beaudoin)
- Yun-Fang Yang
- Hyunki Yeo
- Aidan Brown
- Wil Ihlenfeld
- Janessa Schaefer
- Jacob Stoehr
- Margaret Walsh
- Jose Velasco
Awards and Honors
"Smart Soft Contact Lenses for Continuous 24-hour Monitoring of Intraocular Pressure in Glaucoma Care," Zhang, J.; Kim, K;, Kim, H. J.; Schneider, D. M.; Park, W.; Lee, S. A.; Dai, Y.; Kim, B.; Moon, H.; Shah, J. V.; Harris, K. E.; Collar, B.; Liu, K.; Irazoqui, P.; Lee, H.; Park, S. A.; Kollbaum, P. S.; Boudouris, B. W.; Lee, C. H. Nat. Commun. 2022, 13, 5518.
"Electronic and Spintronic Open-Shell Macromolecules, Quo Vadis?," Tan, Y.; Hsu, S.-N.; Tahir, H.; Dou, L.; Savoie, B. M.; Boudouris, B. W. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2022, 144, 626-647.
"High Affinity Heavy Metal Removal using Structured Sorbents 3D-printed from Carbon Nanotube-Enriched Polymer Solutions," Xu, J.; Slykas, C.; Braegelman, A. S.; Alvarez, K. G.; Kasl, T.; Boudouris, B. W.; Webber, M. J.; Sharma, V.; Phillip, W. A. Matter 2022, 5, 3432-3451.
"Rapid, Continuous Projection Multi-photon 3D Printing Enabled by Spatiotemporal Focusing of Femtosecond Pulses," Somers, P.; Liang, Z.; Johnson, J. E.; Boudouris, B. W.; Pan, L.; Xu, X. Light Sci. Appl. 2021, 10, 199.
"Molecular Design Features for Charge Transport in Non-Conjugated Radical Polymers," Tan, Y.; Casetti, N. C.; Boudouris, B. W.; Savoie, B. M. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 11994-12002.
"All-printed Stretchable Corneal Sensor on Soft Contact Lenses for Noninvasive and Painless Ocular Electrodiagnosis," Kim, K.; Kim, H. J.; Zhang, H.; Park, W.; Meyer, D.; Kim, M. K.; Kim, B.; Park, H.; Bradley, A.; Xu, B.; Kollbaum, P.; Boudouris, B. W.; Lee, C. H. Nat. Commun. 2021, 12, 1544.
"100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Recent Advances and Opportunities for Mixed Ion and Charge Conducting Polymers," Chung, J.; Khot, A.; Savoie, B. M.; Boudouris, B. W. ACS Macro Lett. 2020, 9, 646-655.
"Molecularly Engineered Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Perovskites Quantum Wells," Gao, Y.; Shi, E.; Snaider, J. M.; Shiring, S. B.; Liang, C.; Liebman-Pelaez, A.; Yoo, P.; Deng, S.; Zeller, M.; Boudouris, B. W.; Liao, P.; Zhu, C.; Yu, Y.; Savoie, B. M.; Huang, L.; Dou, L. Nat. Chem. 2019, 11, 1151-1157.
"High-Affinity Detection and Capture of Heavy Metal Contaminants using Block Polymer Composite Membranes," Zhang, Y.; Vallin, J. R.; Sahoo, J. K.; Gao, F.; Boudouris, B. W.; Webber, M. J.; Phillip, W. A. ACS Central Science 2018, 4, 1697-1707.
"A Nonconjugated Radical Polymer Glass with High Electrical Conductivity," Joo, Y.; Agarkar, V.; Sung, S. H.; Savoie, B. M.; Boudouris, B. W. Science 2018, 359, 1391-1395.