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  • Sequence-dependent self-assembly of supramolecular nanofibers in periodic dynamic block copolymers JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A Phong, J. K., Cooper, C. B., Michalek, L., Lin, Y., Nishio, Y., Shi, Y., Gong, H., Vigil, J. A., Ilavsky, J., Kuzmenko, I., Bao, Z. 2023

    View details for DOI 10.1039/d3ta06695a

    View details for Web of Science ID 001125326700001

  • Stretchable, recyclable thermosets via photopolymerization and 3D printing of hemiacetal ester-based resins. Chemical science Wu, Y. M., Chyr, G., Park, H., Makar-Limanov, A., Shi, Y., DeSimone, J. M., Bao, Z. 2023; 14 (44): 12535-12540


    Achieving a circular plastics economy is one of our greatest environmental challenges, yet conventional mechanical recycling remains inadequate for thermoplastics and incompatible with thermosets. The next generation of plastic materials will be designed with the capacity for degradation and recycling at end-of-use. To address this opportunity in the burgeoning technologies of 3D printing and photolithography, we report a modular system for the production of degradable and recyclable thermosets via photopolymerization. The polyurethane backbone imparts robust, elastic, and tunable mechanical properties, while the use of hemiacetal ester linkages allows for facile degradation under mild acid. The synthetic design based on hemiacetal esters enables simple purification to regenerate a functional polyurethane diol.

    View details for DOI 10.1039/d3sc03623e

    View details for PubMedID 38020396

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  • Stretchable, recyclable thermosets <i>via</i> photopolymerization and 3D printing of hemiacetal ester-based resins CHEMICAL SCIENCE Wu, Y., Chyr, G., Park, H., Makar-Limanov, A., Shi, Y., Desimone, J. M., Bao, Z. 2023

    View details for DOI 10.1039/d3sc03623e

    View details for Web of Science ID 001094789200001

  • Tunable, reusable, and recyclable perfluoropolyether periodic dynamic polymers with high underwater adhesion strength MATTER Nogusa, T., Cooper, C. B., Yu, Z., Zheng, Y., Shi, Y., Bao, Z. 2023; 6 (7): 2439-2453
  • Photoswitchable Binary Nanopore Conductance and Selective Electronic Detection of Single Biomolecules under Wavelength and Voltage Polarity Control ACS NANO Hagan, J. T., Gonzalez, A., Shi, Y., Han, G. D., Dwyer, J. R. 2022; 16 (4): 5537-5544


    We fabricated photoregulated thin-film nanopores by covalently linking azobenzene photoswitches to silicon nitride pores with ∼10 nm diameters. The photoresponsive coatings could be repeatedly optically switched with deterministic ∼6 nm changes to the effective nanopore diameter and of ∼3× to the nanopore ionic conductance. The sensitivity to anionic DNA and a neutral complex carbohydrate biopolymer (maltodextrin) could be photoswitched "on" and "off" with an analyte selectivity set by applied voltage polarity. Photocontrol of nanopore state and mass transport characteristics is important for their use as ionic circuit elements (e.g., resistors and binary bits) and as chemically tuned filters. It expands single-molecule sensing capabilities in personalized medicine, genomics, glycomics, and, augmented by voltage polarity selectivity, especially in multiplexed biopolymer information storage schemes. We demonstrate repeatedly photocontrolled stable nanopore size, polarity, conductance, and sensing selectivity, by illumination wavelength and voltage polarity, with broad utility including single-molecule sensing of biologically and technologically important polymers.

    View details for DOI 10.1021/acsnano.1c10039

    View details for Web of Science ID 000813113000001

    View details for PubMedID 35286058

  • Design of phase-transition molecular solar thermal energy storage compounds: compact molecules with high energy densities CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS Qiu, Q., Gerkman, M. A., Shi, Y., Han, G. D. 2021; 57 (74): 9458-9461


    A series of compact azobenzene derivatives were investigated as phase-transition molecular solar thermal energy storage compounds that exhibit maximum energy storage densities around 300 J g-1. The relative size and polarity of the functional groups on azobenzene were manifested to significantly influence the phase of isomers and their energy storage capacity.

    View details for DOI 10.1039/d1cc03742k

    View details for Web of Science ID 000689025700001

    View details for PubMedID 34528978

  • Solar energy conversion and storage by photoswitchable organic materials in solution, liquid, solid, and changing phases JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY C Qiu, Q., Shi, Y., Han, G. D. 2021; 9 (35): 11444-11463

    View details for DOI 10.1039/d1tc01472b

    View details for Web of Science ID 000667211000001

  • Sunlight-activated phase change materials for controlled heat storage and triggered release JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A Shi, Y., Gerkman, M. A., Qiu, Q., Zhang, S., Han, G. D. 2021; 9 (15): 9798-9808

    View details for DOI 10.1039/d1ta01007g

    View details for Web of Science ID 000637381900001

  • Arylazopyrazoles for Long-Term Thermal Energy Storage and Optically Triggered Heat Release below 0 degrees C JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY Gerkman, M. A., Gibson, R. L., Calbo, J., Shi, Y., Fuchter, M. J., Han, G. D. 2020; 142 (19): 8688-8695


    Arylazopyrazole derivatives based on four core structures (4pzMe, 3pzH, 4pzH, and 4pzH-F2) and functionalized with a dodecanoate group were demonstrated to store thermal energy in their metastable Z isomer liquid phase and release the energy by optically triggered crystallization at -30 °C for the first time. Three heat storage-release schemes were discovered involving different activation methods (optical, thermal, or combined) for generating liquid-state Z isomers capable of storing thermal energy. Visible light irradiation induced the selective crystallization of the liquid phase via Z-to-E isomerization, and the latent heat stored in the liquid Z isomers was preserved for longer than 2 weeks unless optically triggered. Up to 92 kJ/mol of thermal energy was stored in the compounds, demonstrating remarkable thermal stability of Z isomers at high temperatures and liquid-phase stability at temperatures below 0 °C.

    View details for DOI 10.1021/jacs.0c00374

    View details for Web of Science ID 000535252100023

    View details for PubMedID 32319773