The cutting edge of chemical science research lies in the ability to manipulate and control single molecules. The Schroeder Group has pioneered a unique and powerful brand of molecular engineering that allows for the precise design and characterization of single molecules, in problems ranging from polymer physics to lipid membrane dynamics and molecular electronics. The Schroeder Group aims to understand how form and function arise in soft materials given precise control over molecular synthesis, structure, and processing.
Research in the Schroeder Group is focused on four areas: (1) automated synthesis for closed-loop materials discovery, including “Lego-like” or modular synthesis of precision polymers and materials using molecular building blocks, (2) molecular electronics of conjugated organics, redox-active molecules, and proteins, (3) dynamics of lipid membranes, vesicles, and colloidal particles, including new methods to deform and study soft materials using the Stokes trap, and (4) single polymer dynamics, including a focus on entangled polymer solutions and architecturally complex polymers such as rings and branched polymer chains.
DNA data storage
Single molecule biophysics & fluorescent proteins