Investigating stimuli-responsive self-assembled materials
The Roberts Group (led by Dr Derrick A. Roberts) focuses on designing self-assembled molecules and materials that can respond to external stimuli (e.g., light, biochemical cues) by undergoing controlled chemical and structural transformations (e.g., discrete polymer vesicles transforming into gel networks). We use supramolecular and dynamic covalent interactions to explore self-assembly phenomena spanning from small molecule recognition (metal-ligand coordination, halogen bonding) up to microphase separation of block copolymers.
Broadly, the Roberts Group's research interests include:
Molecular self-assembly and supramolecular chemistry
Metal-organic coordination complexes
Controlled polymer synthesis (RAFT, ROMP) and self-assembly
Stimuli-responsive materials for controlled delivery and degradation
Our central challenge is thus to figure out the rules governing which product structures may be expected to emerge from a complex self-assembling system. These rules may then be used synthetically, to create complex and potentially functional assemblies.
The Australian Research Council and The University of Sydney are acknowledged and thanked for research funding.