The broad, essentially interdisciplinary research area of the group will focus on developing smart polymeric materials and elaborating new material properties with an eventual goal to understand stem cell-material interactions for biomedical applications. As a part of this research goal, the work will initially be directed towards developing stimuli responsive and self-healing polymers. Specifically, we shall look to harness the ubiquitous metal-ligand interactions present in marine biology- these interactions play a key role in the development of their hard and tough protective shells-to design stiff and tough synthetic elastomers.
High-strength self-healing block copolymers through mussel-inspired metal-ligand coordination Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB)
Area of Research: self-healing polymers
Area of Research: Supramolecular hydrogels
Area of Research: Self-assembled hydrogels