Polymer chemistry research at Cornell is geared to a fundamental understanding of polymer systems ranging from fully biological to synthetic macromolecules. Our extensive experimental studies, coupled with theoretical work on the polymer conformation of such complex biomolecules as proteins, shed light on the actions and properties of macromolecules and broaden our understanding of new synthetic systems.
In studies of polymer synthesis we have designed a broad spectrum of new polymeric materials, both organic and inorganic, with unique architectures significant for emerging technologies. New experimental techniques and sophisticated instrumentation teach us about phenomena occurring at polymer surfaces and interfaces and how polymers diffuse or fracture. These advances in the understanding of polymer systems, their bonding, and their dynamics signal a fascinating future for polymer studies at Cornell.