The Swager group's latest communication has appeared online in Angewandte Chemie. It describes the use of dithiolodithiole (C4S4) units in conjugated polymers. Resulting materials properties are complementary to widely used thiophene analogues.
Silvia Rocha and Sébastien Rochat have finished their postdoctoral stays in the Swager group. Silvia is returning to Switzerland, and Sébastien is heading to Bristol (UK). We thank them for being great friends and labmates, and we wish them all the best in their endeavors across the pond.
Perpetuating a well-established Swager group tradition, Eilaf won the prize for the best poster (and an iPad Air) at the 2014 MIT Polymer Day! Congratulations!!
Sibo Lin joins the group as a postdoctoral fellow after having completed his PhD studies at Caltech in the group of Theodor Agapie. Welcome!!
After a two-year postdoctoral stay Jens leaves the lab to return to Denmark. It was the chance for another goodbye lunch and night out...thanks for having been a great lab member and for having popularized the use of the Ball Mill!
The article by Markrete and Shuang (PhD 2012) reports the liquid crystalline behavior of platinum complexes, and is entitled "Columnar Liquid Crystallinity and Mechanochromism in Cationic Platinum(II) Complexes". There is a cool video associated demonstrating reversible mechanochromism and featuring the voices of two esteemed former lab members, Shuang Liu and Balta Bonillo!
The article, entitled Templating Fullerenes by Domain Boundaries of a Nanoporous Network is the product of a collaboration between Duncan (now at Eindhoven University of Technology) and Grace, and shows that domain boundaries in a trimesic acid network can be exploited to template the deposition of fullerenes in a nonperiodical fashion.
Kazuhiro Nakabayashi, assistant professor at Yamagata University, joins the group as a visiting scientist. Prior to his current position he obtained a PhD from the Tokyo Insititute of Technology. Welcome Kazuhiro!