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Christopher Alabi wins competitive ACS-PRF Doctoral New Investigator Grant

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Dr. Christopher Alabi, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the Nancy and Peter Meinig Family Investigator in the Life Sciences, has been chosen to receive a prestigious American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator award for his proposed research on “Synthesis and Evaluation of Sequence-Defined Branched Polymers.”

Each year the American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund holds a highly selective competition to award seed funding to top researchers with a proven track-record of producing innovative fundamental research. Established in 1954, its goal has been to “promote the careers of young faculty by supporting research of high scientific caliber, and to enhance the career opportunities of their undergraduate/ graduate students, and postdoctoral associates through the research experience”

This award provides funding to illustrate proof of principle, test a hypothesis, or to demonstrate feasibility of an approach. Motivated by the need for sequence-control and structural diversity in polymer research, Dr. Alabi’s group will use this funding to develop a new class of low molecular weight (LMW) branched sequence-defined polymers. These branched structures will be used to investigate the effect of primary sequence and branching on macromolecular properties such as polymer hydrophobicity, compactness and solubility. These physicochemical properties are expected to influence bulk macroscopic properties that may render these branched structures technologically relevant.

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