Hybrid inorganic-organic materials have important applications in technologies associated with energy, the environment and health. Sequential infiltration synthesis (SIS) of polymers is a recently introduced approach to preparing such hybrid structures with the potential for also controlling the structure and the nanoscale. Advances in the field have been limited by lack of fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of interactions of organometallic SIS molecules with polymers, and the narrow range of polymers studied so far. This project aims to build a fundamental framework for the development of SIS through systematic studies of interactions of polymers and organometallic SIS molecules. Expected outcomes include new methods for fabricating nanostructured materials using functional polymers and novel fabrication processes that exploit polymer self-assembly.

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