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  Abbott Research Group - UW Chemical and Biological Engineering

Laboratory for Molecular Engineering
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering


Research in our laboratory revolves around investigations of interfacial phenomena and complex fluids. A particular focus is directed to dynamic phenomena at functional organic interfaces, including the development of principles for spatial and temporal control of soft materials. One research thrust is advancing the design of interfaces of liquid crystalline materials. more

A second theme of research revolves around the design of light-sensitive and redox-active amphiphiles and development of principles for spatial and temporal control of surfactant-based interfacial and bulk solution properties. This research has led to light-sensitive surfactants that exhibit reversible micelle-to-vesicle transitions upon illumination, and redox-active surfactants that permit electrochemical control of micellization and Marangoni phenomena. more