Robert and Sally Weist Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Associate 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 Group
Twitter PageFunctional 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. Hongguang Shen
- Dr. Wenchao Zhao
- Dr. Xikang Zhao
- Xingping He
- Ning Xie
- Siddhartha Akkiraju
- Noelia Almodovar Arbelo (co-advised with Professor David Corti)
- Teng Chi (Chemistry)
- Jaeyub Chung (co-advised with Professor Elias Franses)
- Carsten Flores-Hansen (Chemistry)
- John Hodul (Chemistry)
- Sheng-Ning Hsu (co-advised with Professor Letian Dou)
- Ho Joong (Roy) Kim
- Kangying (Connie) Liu (Chemistry)
- Oluwafemi Ogunlalu (Chemistry)
- Kuluni Perera (Chemistry, co-advised with Professor Jianguo Mei)
- Ying Tan (co-advised with Professor Brett Savoie)
- Daniel Wilcox
- Aaron Woeppel (co-advised with Professor Stephen Beaudoin)
- Marley Jonah
- Wilson Lee
- Anthony Maquet
- Leyla Akmanligil
- Arsh Bhatia
- Janessa Schaefer
- John Vergados
- Katie Wysocki
- Kelly Brayton
Awards and Honors
"Tuning the Interfacial and Energetic Interactions between a Photoexcited Conjugated Polymer and Open-Shell Small Molecules," Wilcox, D. A.; Snaider, J.; Mukherjee, S.; Yuan, L.; Huang, L.; Savoie, B. M.; Boudouris, B. W. Soft Matter 2019, 15, 1413-1422.
"Radical Polymers Alter the Carrier Properties of Semiconducting Carbon Nanotubes," Joo, Y.; Mukherjee, S.; Boudouris, B. W. ACS Appl. Polym. Mater. 2019, 1, 204-210.
"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.
"Highly Transparent Crosslinkable Radical Copolymer Thin Film as the Ion Storage Layer in Organic Electrochromic Devices," He, J.; Mukherjee, S.; Zhu, X.; You, L.; Boudouris, B. W.; Mei, J. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2018, 10, 18956-18963.
"Enhancing the Thermoelectric Performance of an Open-Shell Donor-Acceptor Conjugated Polymer Doped with a Radical-Containing Small Molecule," Joo, Y.; Huang, L.; Eedugurala, N.; London, A. E.; Kumar, A.; Wong, B. M.; Boudouris, B. W.; Azoulay, J. D. Macromolecules 2018, 51, 3886-3894.
"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.
"Fit-for-Purpose Block Polymer Membranes Molecularly-Engineered for Water Treatment," Zhang, Y.; Arbelo, N. A.; Weidman, J. L.; Corti, D. S.; Boudouris, B. W.; Phillip, W. A. npj Clean Water 2018, 1, 2.
"Stable Radical Materials for Energy Applications," Wilcox, D. A.; Agarkar, V.; Mukherjee, S.; Boudouris, B. W. Ann. Rev. Chem. Bio. Eng. 2018, 9, 083945.
"Block Polymer Membranes Functionalized with Nanoconfined Polyelectrolyte Brushes Achieve sub-Nanometer Selectivity," Zhang, Y.; Mulvenna, R. A.; Qu, S.; Boudouris, B. W.; Phillip, W. A. ACS Macro Lett. 2017, 6, 726-732.
"Nanoporous Block Polymer Thin Films Functionalized with Bio-Inspired Ligands for the Efficient Capture of Heavy Metal Ions from Water," Weidman, J. L.; Mulvenna, R. A.; Boudouris, B. W.; Phillip, W. A. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2017, 9, 19152-19160.