The Macromolecules Innovation Institute at Virginia Tech (MII) is a university-wide research and education institute, representing a group of faculty, students, and staff dedicated to fostering an interdisciplinary understanding of the macromolecular sciences and technologies. Collectively, we offer a variety of educational, research, and professional interaction opportunities to our students. We also provide industry collaborators with training opportunities through short courses and offer opportunities for unique collaboration through sharing our laboratories, facilities, and expertise.

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  • MII Technical Conference & Review 2018 : From Molecules to Manufacturing 

    Macromolecules Innovation Institute (Virginia Tech, 2018-04-11)
    "From Molecules to Manufacturing" is the 2018 Technical Conference & Review of the Macromolecules Innovation Institute at Virginia Tech. The abstract book contains a schedule of events and abstracts from poster sessions ...
  • 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 ...