The influence of the kind and quantity of an ancillary ligand or Lewis acids to the activity and access of the metal center has been investigated (2020) to modulate the branching density of alpha olefins also midway during a polymerization. It opened the possibility.
We have developed the intermolecular chain crosslinking process to give us bulk and nanonetworks (nanosponges). This long-standing interest is being further developed to manipulate parent networks and using other crosslinking techniques. The primary interest in the use in the field of drug delivery and biomedical research.
Thermoplastic elastomers are the most important and widely used polymeric materials to date. We are exploring novel synthetic pathways to afford a more practical and easier access to functionalized and specialized thermoplastics. This research effort involves the investigation of the photoactivation of metal organic catalysts with a variety of monomers also in combination with other known polymerization pathways.
University of Houston
Department of Chemistry
406 STL Building
Labs: 415, 412, 414, 408
phone: (713) 743-6707