Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute at Virginia Tech (MII) is an interdisciplinary group committed to continuing the growth and advancing the stature of the existing, highly-ranked macromolecular science and engineering program at Virginia Tech. We are committed to fostering a dynamic environment that enthusiastically promotes the recruitment and education of high-quality students; actively initiates and conducts timely research at both the basic and applied levels; and vigorously pursues continuing education and economic growth through outreach activities with industry and government agencies.

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  • Nucleobase-functionalized acrylic ABA triblock copolymers and supramolecular blends 

    Zhang, Keren; Aiba, Motohiro; Fahs, Gregory B.; Hudson, Amanda G.; Chiang, William D.; Moore, Robert B.; Ueda, Mitsuru; Long, Timothy E. (The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2015-01-30)
    Reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization afforded the unprecedented synthesis of well-defined acrylic ABA triblock copolymers with nucleobase-functionalized external blocks and a central ...
  • Phosphonium-containing diblock copolymers from living anionic polymerization of 4-diphenylphosphino styrene 

    Schultz, Alison R.; Fahs, Gregory B.; Jangu, Chainika; Chen, Mingtao; Moore, Robert B.; Long, Timothy E. (The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2015-11-20)
    Living anionic polymerization of 4-diphenylphosphino styrene (DPPS) achieved well-defined homopolymers, poly(DPPS-b-S) styrenic block copolymers, and poly(I-b-DPPS) diene-based diblock copolymers with predictable molecular ...
  • Size dependent ion-exchange of large mixed-metal complexes into Nafion® membranes 

    Naughton, Elise M.; Zhang, Mingqiang; Troya, Diego; Brewer, Karen J.; Moore, Robert B. (The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2015-08-18)
    Perfluorosulfonate ionomers have been shown to demonstrate a profound affinity for large cationic complexes, and the exchange of these ions may be used to provide insight regarding Nafion® morphology by contrasting molecular ...
  • Imidazole-containing triblock copolymers with a synergy of ether and imidazolium sites 

    Jangu, Chainika; Wang, Jing-Han Helen; Wang, Dong; Fahs, Gregory B.; Heflin, James R.; Moore, Robert B.; Colby, Ralph H.; Long, Timothy E. (The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2015-03-06)
    Reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization enabled the synthesis of well-defined A-BC-A triblock copolymers containing a synergy of pendant ether and imidazolium sites. The soft central BC block ...
  • Imparting functional variety to cellulose ethers via olefin cross-metathesis 

    Dong, Yifan; Edgar, Kevin J. (The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2015-04-09)
    Olefin cross-metathesis is a valuable new approach for imparting functional variety to cellulose ethers. Starting from commercially available ethyl cellulose, terminally unsaturated alkyl groups were appended as metathesis ...
  • Peptide-based hydrogen sulphide-releasing gels 

    Carter, Jennifer M.; Qian, Yun; Foster, Jeffrey C.; Matson, John B. (The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2015-07-20)
    An aromatic peptide amphiphile was designed for delivery of the signaling gas H2S. The peptide self-assembled in water into nanofibers that gelled upon charge screening. The non-toxic gel slowly released H2S over 15 hours, ...
  • Olefin cross-metathesis, a mild, modular approach to functionalized cellulose esters 

    Meng, Xiangtao; Matson, John B.; Edgar, Kevin J. (The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2014-09-02)
    Olefin cross-metathesis has been demonstrated to be a modular pathway for synthesis of a series of functionalized cellulose esters. As a proof of concept, cellulose acetate was acylated with two terminally olefinic acid ...