Polyelectrolyte complexes are a versatile platform for many applications, including flocculation for wastewater treatment, drug delivery, and novel self-healing materials, among many others.
The structure and function of these materials depends strongly on the pH and ionic strength of the solution, as well as the polymer architecture. As a postdoctoral associate at Minnesota, I researched how these fundamental factors govern the behavior of new polyelectrolyte-based materials for gene therapy.
In my group at the University of Pittsburgh, we are continuing to investigate polyelectrolyte-based materials, but are also interested in understanding the fundamental properties and potential applications of other types of polymers with dynamic interactions between the chains. For more information on my current research, please check out my research group website.