Area(s) of Research

Successful translation of living organisms to synthetic systems depends on harnessing interfacial chemistry and mechanics to understand the material systems.  My primary research focus is to design and develop (1) synthetic materials that can self-heal and self-assemble to provide a significant increase in bonding performance of adhesives/coatings/composites; (2) toughness enhancement of load-bearing materials with reversible/dynamic/sacrificial bonds; and (3) micro-phase transitions of ionic polymers such as polyelectrolyte complexation for practical biomedical/dental/industrial applications inspired by biological adhesion mechanism.

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