Multifunctional Nanostructured Conductive Polymers
Nanostructured conductive polymers synergize the advantageous features of conventional polymers and organic conductors, as well as nanostructured materials. We are trailblazing new synthetic methods and modification strategies for nanostructured conductive polymers with improved electrical/electrochemical properties as well as mechanical flexibility property, and exploring their potential in various technological applications, including: 1. Electrode and binder materials for next-generation energy storage devices owing to their large surface area, continuous conductive network and hierarchical porosity; 2. Scalable, low-cost and versatile biosensor platform for the sensitive and rapid detection of human metabolites owing to high permeability to biosubstrates and rapid electron transfer; 3. Hybrid functional hydrogels with stimuli responsive properties and self-healing abilities; 4. Multifunctional superhydrophobic coatings for environmental applications.