Welcome to the Verduzco Laboratory Website! The Verduzco Laboratory is part of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University. Our research focuses on investigating the fundamental properties of polymeric materials and on the development of functional polymers. Current areas of interest include solution-processible photovoltaics, bottlebrush polymers, stimuli-responsive liquid crystal elastomers, and polymer-coated nanoparticles for enhanced oil recovery. In each of these project areas, we implement materials design and synthesis and nanoscale characterization tools. Please browse the links on this website for more specific information on current research.
The Verduzco laboratory receives generous support from a variety of external sources, including:
The Welch Foundation for Chemical Research for the synthesis and characterization of all-conjugated block and graft copolymers.
The ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator award for the characterization of model bottlebrush polymers.
The Rice University Shell Center for Sustainability for the development of block copolymer photovoltaics
The Advanced Energy Consortium for the development of polymers and nanoparticles for enhanced oil recovery