The research in the Savin group is largely associated with the applications of self-assembled polymers and block copolymers, with particular emphasis on solution characterization and property-structure relationships. The research projects can be broken into three broad categories:
- Bio-inspired, Responsive Materials: Peptide Block Copolymers and Bioconjugates
- Polymer Nanocomposites and Energy-absorbing Materials
- Polymers for Environmental Remediation
Our principal analytical tools are dynamic light scattering and rheology, although we invoke most polymer solution characterization techniques, including small angle x-ray scattering experiments to complement SLS measurements. We also rely heavily on microscopy (TEM and AFM) and mechanical testing (DMA, Instron, Dynatup). All polymers are made in house, so we have a number of shlenk lines and a drybox. The PI has extensive experience in polymer characterization, in particular light scattering techniques for both solution and bulk/gel systems.