Amar H Flood
Our laboratory puts organic chemistry to work for the design and synthesis of functional molecules and polymers that can bind and respond to anions. This field, supramolecular chemistry, makes use of computer-aided design and the principles of self-assembly. Our central focus is on creating macrocycles, foldamers, and polymers to bind anions that are biorelevant (chloride, phosphates) and environmentally important (radioactive pertechnetate, toxic perchlorate and arsenate). In addition, we design molecules to self-assemble into 2D patterns on graphene and into 3D Platonic solids, like pentagons and dodecahedra. Students will learn how to design molecules, to synthesize them, and to study their functions.