Irvin Group research is focused on electroactive polymers, that is polymers that change their properties in the presence of an electric field. They are useful for sensors, charge storage, drug delivery, static dissipation, corrosion inhibition, actuators, and electrochromics, among other things. We are particularly interested in:
- functionalizing electroactive polymers with biomolecules for use as biosensors.
- using nanoscale templating approaches to enhance electroactivity.
- synthesis of novel n-doping polymers with enhanced stability.
- using electroactive polymers to develop energy storage devices as alternatives to traditional batteries and capacitors.
- improving understanding of ion movement into and out of electroactive polymers in an electric field and using that understanding to improve polymer properties.
- preparation of high molecular weight, soluble electroactive polymers.
The Irvin Research Group is home to undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students. Students in the group have the opportunity to develop a broad range of useful laboratory capabilities including:
- Synthesis of novel organic molecules such as functionalized heterocycles
- Polymerization (oxidative, non-oxidative, electrochemical)
- Standard organic and polymer characterization techniques
- Electrochemical characterization
- Device fabrication and testing
- Nanoparticle manipulation and characterization