Case Western Reserve University
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5920, 5946, 5947, 5979, 7298, 7742, 7566
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This PIRE project will address the global challenge that many of the materials used in today's clean energy technologies come from unsustainable sources. While often thought of as only substitutes for liquid fossil fuels, biomass substances can serve as replacements for non-sustainable building blocks in many applications. PIRE: RENEW will use biological-based materials to create sustainable replacements and improve material performance in high value-added, high performance applications, beginning with solar and wind energy devices. Research will explore applications where intermolecular and interfacial interactions play a key role in self-assembly and aggregation, in building structural materials with exceptional properties, and in nanoscale optoelectronics. A wind track will investigate building blades from biobased nanocomposites, while a solar track will explore structure-property relationships of cellulose nanowhiskers, bacterial cellulose fibrils, and sophorolipid surfactants. The program will produce replacements that improve function, provide renewable sources, and mitigate environmental impact in production and disposal. Case Western Reserve University and the Polytechnic Institute of New York will lead the international research nexus necessary to provide these ongoing material solutions and to educate future materials scientists and engineers. Partnerships include the University of Pennsylvania, Rochester Institute of Technology, and universities in the U.K., Brazil, Belgium, and Italy. Together, they provide expertise in synthesis, processing, characterization, theory, and lifecycle analysis needed for this global problem. Under them, twelve U.S. graduate students and postdocs, alongside international peers, will be trained in sustainability problem solving. Broader impacts will include materials innovations applicable outside energy (e.g., consumer products) and a sustainable materials website. The project is funded by NSF's Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) through the PIRE.
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Qin, Xu; Wenchun, Xie; Tian, Sai; Yuan, Han; Yu, Zheng; Butterfoss, Glenn L.; Khuong, Anne C.; Gross, Richard A.. "Enzyme-Triggered Hydrogelation via Self-Assembly of Alternating Peptides," Chemical Communications, v.49, 2013, p. 4839.
Qin, Xu; Khuong, Anne C.; Yu, Zheng; Du, Wenzhe; Decatur, John; Gross, Richard A.. "Simplifying alternating peptide synthesis by protease-catalyzed dipeptide oligomerization," Chemical Communications, v.49, 2013, p. 385.
Percec, Virgil; Sun, Hao-Jan; Pawaret, Leowanawat; Peterca, Mihai; Graf, Robert; Spiess, Hans.W; Zeng, Xianbing; Ungar, Goran; Heiney, Paul A.. "Transformation of Kinetically into Thermodynamically Controlled Self-Organization of Complex Helical Columns with 3D Periodicity Assembled from Dendronized Perylene Bisimides," Journal of American Chemical Society, v.135, 2013, p. 4129.
V. Percec, H-J Sun, P. Leowanawat, M. Peterca, R. Graf, H.W. Spiess, Z. Zeng, G. Ungar, P.A. Heiney.. "?Transformation from Kinetically into Thermodynamically Controlled Self-Organization of Complex Helical Columns with 3D Periodicity Assembled from Dendronized Perylene Bisimides.?," J. Am. Chem Soc., v.135, 2013, p. 4129.
C. Roche, H.-J. Sun, M. E. Prendergast, P. Leowanawat, B. E. Partridge, P. A. Heiney, F. Araoka, R. Graf, H. W. Spiess, X. Zeng, G. Ungar, V. Percec.. "?Homochiral Columns Constructed by Chiral Self-Sorting During Supramolecular Helical Organization of Hat-Shaped Molecules.?," J. Am. Chem. Soc., v.136, 2014, p. 7169.
Li, Geng; Wu, Jun; Qin, Xu; Zhu, Jianhui; Viswanathan, Kodandaraman; Dong, He; Somasundaran, P.; Gross, Richard A.. "?Chemo-enzymatic Routes to Lipopeptides and Their Colloidal Properties?," Langmuir, v.30, 2014, p. 6889.
Qin, Xu; Wenchun, Xie; Tian, Sai; Yuan, Han; Yu, Zheng; Butterfoss, Glenn L.; Khuong, Anne C.; Gross, Richard A.. "?Enzyme-Triggered Hydrogelation via Self-Assembly of Alternating Peptides?," Chem. Commun., v.49, 2013, p. 4839.
Qin, Xu; Khuong, Anne C.; Yu, Zheng; Du, Wenzhe; Decatur, John; Gross, Richard A.. "?Simplifying alternating peptide synthesis by protease-catalyzed dipeptide oligomerization?," Chemical Communications, v.49, 2013, p. 385.
F. Liu, M. Prehm, X.B. Zeng, C. Tschierske, G. Ungar. "?Skeletal Cubic, Lamellar, and Ribbon Phases of Bundled Thermotropic Bolapolyphiles?," J. Am. Chem. Soc., v.136, 2014, p. 6846.
R. Zhang, X.B. Zeng, M. Prehm, S. Grimm, M. Geuss, M. Steinhart, C. Tschierske, G. Ungar. "?Honeycombs in Honeycombs: Complex Liquid Crystal Alumina Composite Mesostructures?," ACS Nano, v.8, 2014, p. 4000.
C. Dressel, F. Liu, M. Prehm, X.B. Zeng, G. Ungar, C. Tschierske. "?Dynamic mirror-symmetry breaking in bicontinuous cubic phases?," Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014.
Partridge, B; Leowanawat, P; Aqad, B; Imam, B; Sun, H-J; Peterca, B; Heiney, P; Graf, R; Spiess, H; Zeng, X.B.; Ungar, G; Percec, V.. "?Increasing 3D Supramolecular Order by Decreasing Molecular Order. A Comparative Study of Helical Assemblies of Dendronized Non-Chlorinated and Tetrachlorinated Perylene Bisimides," J. Am. Chem. Soc, v.137, 2015, p. 5210.
R. Zhang, X.B. Zeng, B.-S. Kim, R. Bushby, K.-S. Shin, P. Baker, V. Percec, G. Ungar. "Columnar Liquid Crystals in Cylindrical Nano-Confinement," ACS Nano, v.9, 2015, p. 1759.
Wu, Y.-C.; Leowanawat, P.; Sun, H.-J.; Partridge, B.; Peterca, M.; Graf, R.; Spiess, H.; Zeng, X.B.; Ungar, G.; Hsu, C.-S.; Heiney, P.; Percec, V.. "Complex Columnar Hexagonal Polymorphism in Supramolecular Assemblies of a Semifluorinated Electron-Accepting Naphthalene Bisimide," J. Am. Chem. Soc, v.137, 2015, p. 807.
R. L. Jezorek, N. Zhang, P. Leowanawat, M. H. Bunner, N. Gutsche, A. K. R. Pesti, J. T. Olsen, V. Percec. "Air-Stable Precatalysts for Fast and Quantitative Cross-Coupling of Aryl Sulfamates with Arylneopentylglycolboronates at Room Temperature," Org. Lett, v.16, 2014, p. 6326.
H.-J. Sun, S. Zhang and V. Percec. "?From Structure to Function via Complex Supramolecular Dendrimer Systems.?," Chem. Soc. Rev., v.44, 2015, p. 3900.
S. Guerra, J. Iehl, M. Holler, M. Peterca, D.A. Wilson, B.E. Partridge, S. Zhang, R. Deschenaux, J.-F. Nierengarten, V. Percec. "Self-Organization of Dodeca-Dendronized Fullerene into Supramolecular Discs and Helical Columns Containing a Nanowire Core.?," Che. Sci., v.6, 2015, p. 3393.
N.J. Dawson. "Lowest-order corrections to the fundamental limits of nonlinear-optical coefficients,," Phys. Rev. A., v.91, 2015, p. 013832.
Maiorana, Anthony; Spinella, Stephen M.; Gross, Richard A.. "A Bio-Based Alternative to the Diglycidyl Ether of Bisphenol A with Controlled Materials Properties," Biomacromolecules, 2015, p. 1021.