Pattern formation in dynamic self-assembly systems
The purpose of this project is to extend the experimental and theoretical studies of Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) patterning based on dynamic self-assembly to a wider class of dynamic pattern forming systems by the combined activities of three groups: a theoretical group (S. Gurevich), an experimental group (L.F. Chi) and a synthesis group (Z.H. Wang).
We are going to focus on the following aspects:
1. Understanding the mechanisms behind LB pattern formation influenced by pre-patterned surfaces in order to achieve complex pattern control;
2. Systematic study of dendrite pattern formation and thickness control with molecular precision in dip-coating process; and
3. Applying dynamic self-assembly to functional molecules.