RESEARCH Polymer Chemistry
Molecular Design and Synthesis
SKKU chemists are creating interesting functional polymeric materials through precise molecular design and synthesis, figuring out structure-property relationships and further enhancing desired properties. They are developing novel molecular structures including heteroepins, spiropyrans, hydrazone derivatives, network aromatic polymers, and many more.
Stimuli Responsive Materials
SKKU scientists are interested in smart materials that are responsive to external stimuli such as temperature, light, metal ions, anions, pH, etc. Stimuli-responsive materials can be utilized in various applications, including sensors, actuators, smart surfaces, and drug delivery systems.
SKKU chemists care for environmental and energy issues, and are trying to develop useful polymers via sustainable ways. From biomass-derived cellulose and further processed chemicals, polymerization strategies are developed to produce many polymers that can potentially replace petroleum-based ones.
Organic Microporous and Supramolecular Polymers
SKKU pioneers are creating new class of organic microporous polymers, network polymers, and supramolecular assembled materials with precise control of porocity, size, functionality, etc. These polymers are very useful for adsorbents, catalyst supports, or templates in synthesizing interesting nano structured materials.
SKKU scientists are specialized in elucidating fundamentals of polymer properties, such as glass transition temperature (Tg), with fluorescence spectroscopy. Understanding the mechanisms regarding Tg is very important for applications of many polymers. They are devoted to finding fundamental origins of such properties via specially designed spectroscopic tools.