Nano@Tech: Creating Complex Interfaces Using Surface-Initiated Polymerization and Post-Polymerization Modification
Prof. Jason Locklin
Department of Chemistry & College of Engineering, The University of Georgia
Abstract: Generating micro- and nanosized patterns on solid surfaces is an important area of research with relevance in many scientific and technological areas. In our recent approach to generate complex interfaces, we have developed a series of novel “click” and “click-like” reactions that can be used to selectively pattern different chemical functionality onto polymer brush supports using one pot, orthogonal chemical transformations. This talk will highlight surface initiated polymerization and post-polymerization modification of these polymer brush supports as a means to generate surfaces that can be used in a wide variety of applications, from reversible adhesives to antimicrobial coatings for inert plastics.
Bio: Jason Locklin obtained his BS from Millsaps College in 1999. He graduated with his MS from UAB in Chemistry in 2002 and PhD from the University of Houston in 2004 under the guidance of Rigoberto Advincula. Jason then served as a Director of Central Intelligence Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University in 2005 with Zhenan Bao in the Department of Chemical Engineering. In 2007, Locklin joined the University of Georgia in the Department of Chemistry and the College of Engineering and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012. He has been awarded the Central Intelligence Agency Young Investigator Award (2007), NSF CAREER Award (2010), and the Northeast Georgia ACS Chemist of the Year for Research (2009-2010). His group is currently investigating surface initiated polymerization reactions, orthogonal self-assembly, reversible adhesives and hydrogels, antimicrobial surfaces for inert plastics, organic photovoltaic devices, and stimuli-responsive interfaces.