The Macromolecular and Interfacial Engineering research cluster takes novel materials and transforms them into solutions that can be applied in electronics, energy, medicine, commercial products, and food.
Experts within this cluster work on advanced functional materials, specifically with polymers, biomaterials, complex fluids, as well as nanocomposites and inorganic materials. Researchers are studying polymers, colloids, and inorganic materials in truly unique ways – aiming to develop novel methods to achieve high levels of control over desired properties to manipulate them for a range of beneficial uses.
They utilise controlled polymerisation techniques, organic chemistry, and self-assembly methods to innovate new materials and combine experimental work with computational modelling to bring a distinctive quantitative aspect to their research. The researchers also work on measuring the interface of molecules to improve the stability of face creams, pharmaceuticals, and paints, minimising the effects of external factors such as pressure and temperature. In addition, the cluster develops new sensors and functional materials for health and safety, industrial and environmental purposes. For this, the researchers develop advanced materials based on, but not limited, atomically thin materials, liquid metals, zeolite frameworks, or metal organic frameworks.
While they work on the smallest molecules, their research has a big impact on many facets of society including economies, human health, and the environment, to create a thriving, healthy and sustainable future.