Friday, February 16, 2018 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
A. Paul Schaap Science Center, Auditorium 1000
35 East 12th Street, Holland, MI 49423-3605
Nature long ago solved problems plaguing contemporary chemists with polydispersity and controlled synthesis at the nanoscale. The blueprint of life, DNAs, are synthesized with high precision with the aid of multiple hydrogen bonding interactions. Our research program aims to develop smart organic and polymeric materials with multivalent hydrogen bonding interactions with functions that are currently beyond our grasp. In this talk, I will be presenting two major projects in our group: (1) developing smart 3D printing materials that change their shapes upon external stimuli; and (2) designing elastic crystalline porous organic frameworks for radioactive iodine removal. I will share my experience of designing smart materials from an organic/materials chemist’s perspective and using 3D printers for education and outreach activities..
Biography: Dr. Chenfeng Ke earned his B. Sc. (2004) and Ph. D (2009) under the supervision of Prof. Yu Liu at Nankai University in China, where he studied the molecular recognition and assembly behaviors
of macrocyclic molecules. In 2007, he was a visiting Ph. D student at Osaka University in Japan. After the completion of his Ph. D, he was awarded a Newton International Fellowship in by the Royal Society (UK) to pursue research with Professor Anthony Davis between 2009 and 2011 at the University of Bristol. He subsequently joined Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart's (2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry) research group at Northwestern University as a postdoctoral research fellow (2011–2015) before taking up his assistant professorship at Dartmouth College. His current research interests are developing polymeric materials for 3D printing applications and designing porous organic crystals for energy-related applications.