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Advanced Materials

Organic Small molecules

  • We have numerous projects synthesizing new highly nonlinear organic small molecules for applications in imaging, in biological systems control, and in integrated photonics.


  • We are currently exploring ways to develop multi-modal (or functional) hydrogels for a range of applications in biology and medicine. Some initial research efforts include simultaneous (triggerable) drug delivery and tracking using new small molecules synthesized in the group and a 3D cell culture system with integrated elasticity tunability.

Surface Chemistry

  • As complementary work to our nonlinear devices, we have several projects investigating routes to efficiently and controllably attach and orient our new small molecules to the surface of optical devices without degrading their optical performance. We are also exploring using surface chemistry as a new approach to integrate functionality into devices.