This research is funded by NSF CHE-1026870.
This project represents a new area of research for the group that is being performed in collaboration with Prof. Robert Walker (Montana State University) and Professors Colin Bain and Jas Pal Badyal (Durham University, UK) through an NSF International Collaboration in Chemistry Grant. For this research, we are synthesizing dendrons that will be appended to surfaces in order to complex guest molecules at the modified surface. The goal is to selectively sequester targeted guests into the dendron layer using noncovalent interactions between the dendron and the guest. Triggered disruption of the noncovalent interactions should allow for release of the guest molecule. This concept is shown schematically in Figure 1.
Figure 1. A schematic representation of guest molecules binding to a dendronized surface and then being released after a change in the dendron has been induced.