Materials Science Research Lecture
About the Robb Group: The Robb Group performs research at the intersection of synthetic organic chemistry and polymer science. In particular, we aim to develop new chemistry for creating functional, stimuli-responsive soft materials. The emerging genre of polymer mechanochemistry is one specific area of interest, where we use mechanical forces to promote selective and productive molecular transformations in polymers and polymeric materials. We use multifaceted strategies to develop mechanically sensitive molecules called mechanophores that, for example, change color, generate light, or produce reactive functional groups under stress. Our research seeks to advance fundamental insight into structure-mechanochemical activity and, in turn, enable a wide variety of materials applications.
About the speaker: Max Robb was born and raised in Colorado and obtained his B.S. in Chemistry at the Colorado School of Mines where he began research in synthetic polymer chemistry under the guidance of Prof. Daniel M. Knauss. After graduating in 2009, he carried out his Ph.D. studies in the laboratories of Prof. Craig J. Hawker at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His doctoral research focused broadly on the synthesis of functional organic materials and was recognized by the American Chemical Society with the 2016 Henkel Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Chemistry. Max conducted his postdoctoral work with Prof. Jeffrey S. Moore at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign as a Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow. Max began his independent research career at Caltech in September 2017.
Refreshments served at 3:30pm in the Spalding Laboratory Lobby.