University of South Carolina College of Arts and Science Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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  • Multifunctional Metallopolymers for Polyelectrolyte Chemistry, Antimicrobials and Membranes.

    We are interested in synthetic methodologies on derivertization of cationic metallocenes and controlled polymerization toward tunable macromolecular compositions and topologies. We are interested in physical chemistry of charged metallo-polyelectrolytes and utilize the knowledge for sustainable use and discovery of both traditional and new antibiotics against multidrug-resistant bacteria. We also explore these polyelectrolytes as a new class of anion-exchange membranes for electrochemical cells.
  • Sustainable Polymers and Antimicrobial Biomaterials from Natural Resources.

    We explore atom-efficient, ecofriendly, highly efficient chemical transformations of a variety of biomass into sustainable intermediates, bioplastics, elastomers and advanced biobased materials. We discover a class of multicyclic natural products for designing affordable and scalable therapeutic antimicrobial agents against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.





    1. Congratualtions to Dr. Tang for receiving a grant on the Mechanochemistry of Metallocenes

    2. Our former graduate Tianyu Zhu received the prestigious 2022 PMSE Future Faculty Scholar Award

    3. Our REU student Rani Kumar (from Georgia Tech) won the best research presentation award!

    4. Congratualtions to 1st year PhD student, LD Ramos, who won the NSF bridge to the doctorate fellowship

    5. Leman published in Nature Sustainability!

    6. Dr. Yujin Cha succesfully defended his thesis and has graduated.





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