Sara’s publication entitled, “Switchable Micropatterned Surface Topographies Mediated by Reversible Shape Memory” was recently published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Abstract: Reversibly switching topography on micrometer length scales greatly expands the functionality of stimuli-responsive substrates. Here we report the first usage of reversible shape memory for the actuation of two-way transitions between micros...
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Current and former students Sara Turner and Sarah Brosnan had work published in Macromolecules recently in collaboration with researchers in the Sheiko group.  They reported a new way to affect reversible shape switches in semicrystalline elastomers. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ma4023185  ...
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Sara and Katie traveled to Dallas to present their work on high performance self-healing materials and iodinated nanoparticle contrast agents, respectively.  ...
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Katie passed her qualifying exam in February.  Go Katie!...
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Duy’s recent publication entitled, “Near-infrared activation of semi-crystalline shape memory nanocomposites” was recently published in the Journal of Applied Polymer Science.  Full text is available here....
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This year has already been a wonderful year for the Ashby group, and now both Sara Turner and Katie Houston have received NSF Graduate Research Fellowship awards!  Congratulations to both of them on their hard work and dedication....
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More congratulations are due to Sarah Brosnan for receiving a NSF post-doctoral fellowship.  Sarah plans to work for Prof. Markus Antonietti at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, Germany.  We wish her the best of luck in her adventures overseas!...
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His paper, entitled “Photoresponsive Polyesters for Tailorable Shape Memory Biomaterials” was recently published in Macromolecules.  The full manuscript is available here. Abstract: The synthesis of a library of poly(ester urethane)s (PEUs) containing pendant photoresponsive moieties afforded through the incorporation of one of two novel bifunctional monomers resulted in degradable materials with a range of tunable […]...
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Sarah’s recent paper entitled, “It Is the Outside That Counts: Chemical and Physical Control of Dynamic Surfaces” was recently published in JACS.  Full paper is available here. Abstract: Materials capable of dynamically controlling surface chemistry and topography are highly desirable. We have designed a system that is uniquely able to remotely control the presented functionality and geometry […]...
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Our research group focuses on the design and synthesis of novel polymeric materials.  We utilize unique approaches to address the continued need for new materials with advanced properties. In line with these priorities, the research has explored a broad range of topics from polymer/quasicrystal composites to high performance polymers to functionalized elastomers to our newest interests, functionalized biomaterials.

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