Research

The Verduzco laboratory focuses on study of polymeric materials. Polymers are ubiquitous in the world around us Рthey are found in commercial plastics, in medicines and drugs, in living organisms, and in the human body. Polymeric materials span a wide-range of materials with vastly different properties, including Kevlar bulletproof vests which are stiff and resistant to damage and, on the other end of the spectrum, water-based hydrogels which are soft and deformable and can be used deliver medicines. The Verduzco lab focuses on the design, synthesis, and application of new polymeric materials which can potentially address a wide range of current challenges, including our growing demand for energy, disease treatment, and reducing pollution and waste. The links below provide more information on specific techniques and areas of research:

All-Conjugated Block Copolymers

 

Liquid Crystal Elastomers

 

Bottlebrush Polymers

 

In order to carry out the work described above, we take advantage of various synthesis and characterization tools. For more information, see Verduzco Laboratory Facilities and Capabilities