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CAREER: An Integrated Research and Education Program for Engineering Functional Block Copolymers. Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo, University of Texas at Austin Grant No.: DMR-0348339; Program Director: Dr. Andrew Lovinger.

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career an integrated research and education program for engineering functional block copolymers
CAREER: An Integrated Research and Education Program for Engineering Functional Block Copolymers

Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo, University of Texas at Austin

Grant No.: DMR-0348339; Program Director: Dr. Andrew Lovinger

Preparation and characterization of compositionally uniform hydrogel materials with narrow molecular weight distribution

Polymerizations are controlled with predictable molecular weights and narrow molecular weight distributions:

Block copolymers with polystyrene spontaneously self assemble to form periodic structures:

By polymerizing at the compositional azeotrope, we are able to make statistical copolymers of poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) of uniform compositions and narrow molecular weight distributions. When polymerized from a polystyrene macroinitiator, the resulting diblock copolymers spontaneously self assemble to form periodic nanostructures

(Guice and Loo, Macromolecules, 39, 2474, 2006).

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CAREER: An Integrated Research and Education Program for Engineering Functional Block Copolymers

Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo, University of Texas at Austin

Grant No.: DMR-0348339; Program Director: Dr. Andrew Lovinger

  • Education:
  • Research currently involves a post-doctoral associate (Dr. Sally Peng Li), two graduate students (Tracy Bucholz and Kyle Guice), and an undergraduate (Raymond Teoh)
  • Polymer seminar to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Centro de Investigación en Química Aplicada (CIQA), Saltillo, Mexico
  • Outreach:
  • Annual demonstrations during “Explore UT – Texas’ Largest Open House”
  • Continued partnership with Austin Children’s Museum
  • Summer visits to the Heart House of Austin
  • Keynote lecturer, Women in Science at the International Materials Research Congress, Cancun, Mexico
  • Group featured in “Nanotechnology – a Giant Leap for Science” by Linda Williams, a Newsbridge publication for middle school children (ISBN 1-4007-4585-3)

Presentation at CIQA

Education outreach at Austin Children’s Museum

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