Brett P. Fors
Research in the Fors group will focus on the development of new synthetic methods and catalyst systems to control polymer architecture, composition, and function. Under this general theme, three different areas of research will be pursued. First, new systems will be developed that will enable precise regulation over catalyst reactivity in situ with light. This general platform will allow control of a diverse array of polymerization processes (i.e., radical, cationic, ring-opening, insertion, etc.) with an external stimulus, which will facilitate a broad range of applications in polymer and materials science. Second, new strategies for the synthesis of conjugated polymers from the parent C–H based monomers will be investigated. These systems will provide more environmentally friendly processes, greatly simplify monomer synthesis, and provide access to novel structures. Lastly, new catalyst systems will be explored for photomediated radical polymerizations.