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Severin Schneebeli: Supramolecular Chemistry for the Environment

Nov 15, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Johnson House 101

We have invented a new approach for controlling the three-dimensional shapes of biomimetic synthetic polymers in a predictable fashion. Like in the case of proteins, our approach encodes molecular shapes of increasing complexity by the chirality of its monomeric building blocks. During this Gund Tea, I will discuss how we are now advancing our shape-controlled polymeric materials into selective sensors and catalysts for the environment.

Severin T. Schneebeli, PhD is originally from Zurich, Switzerland. As an International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University with 2016 Nobel Laureate Sir Fraser Stoddart from 2011?2014, Dr. Schneebeli's research focused on the synthesis and computer-aided design of hierarchical functional nanomaterials. Since Summer 2014, Dr. Schneebeli is leading the Mesosynthesis Laboratory at the University of Vermont as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. He aims to answer the question how traditional chemical concepts ? like selective recognition and catalysis for environmental applications ? can be applied to precision-polymer synthesis. Dr. Schneebeli is particularly interested in inventing new ways to build readily accessible, real-time chemical sensors to detect pollutants in the environment. Dr. Schneebeli is the recipient of a 2018 ARO YIP Award and of a 2019 NSF CAREER Award.

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