Title: Controlling Nanostructure via Non-Equilibrium Processing Conditions
Abstract: Due to the distinctive molecular architecture of ABA triblock copolymers, the polymers will undergo specific self-assembly processes into various nanostructures when a solution of ABA triblock copolymers is introduced to a B-block selective solvent. Although much of the focus in ABA triblock copolymer self-assembly has been on equilibrium nanostructures, little attention has been paid to the guiding principles of nanostructure formation during non-equilibrium processing conditions. Here, a quantitative method for controlling ABA triblock copolymer hierarchical structures using solvent-non-solvent rapid injection processing will be presented.
Title: Designing Tiny Swimming Things
Abstract: The Aronson Research Group studies active matter--a field that studies the movement and behavior of many things as a single entity. Examples of active matter in daily life include crowding effects on Black Friday or bird murmurations. Within the field, I design and characterize the behaviors self-propelled and swimming colloids, particles which can mimic biological microorganisms. I will briefly discuss some of our exciting results for 3-D printing swimming colloids and where these results have taken me in the world.