Alex Adronov’s research program focuses on the synthesis of new building blocks for the assembly of novel polymer structures and architectures. While the goal is to develop a fundamental understanding of nanoscale assemblies of polymers, the individual research projects are geared toward specific applications. A major thrust of the research program revolves around the design and synthesis of conjugated polymers that selectively interact with the surface of single-walled carbon nanotubes, and modify the properties of the nanotubes to make them soluble, processable, and functional. For his work, Professor Adronov has received several awards, including the Macromolecular Science and Engineering Division Award (2018), the McMaster Student Union (MSU) Award for Excellence in Teaching (2017), the Award for Research Excellence in Materials Chemistry (2013), the Lash Miller Award (2007), the Premier’s Research Excellence Award (2003), and the John C. Polanyi Prize (2002).
Keywords: Polymer Synthesis, Carbon Nanotube Functionalization, Functional Materials