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Light-harvesting materials: Soft support for energy conversion

Nature Chemistry/News and Views
by Ryan M. Stolley & Monte L. Helm
October 2014

To convert solar energy into viable fuels, coupling light-harvesting materials to catalysts is a crucial challenge. Now, the combination of an organic supramolecular hydrogel and a non-precious metal catalyst has been demonstrated to be effective for photocatalytic H2 production.

Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry

Chemical & Engineering News
by Britt E. Erickson
January 21, 2013

A leader in supramolecular self-assembly, Samuel I. Stupp is being honored for his work on developing bioactive materials that could revolutionize therapies in regenerative medicine. Stupp is well-known for creating an extensive platform of self-assembling molecules, especially those based on peptide amphiphiles that form nanofibers, resulting in broadly bioactive synthetic materials......more

New Geometries: Researchers Create New Shapes of Artificial Microcompartments

Northwestern University, McCormick News
by Sarah Ostman
December 11, 2012

In nature, biological functions are often carried out in tiny protective shells known as microcompartments, structures that provide home to enzymes that convert carbon dioxide into energy in plant cells and to viruses that replicate once they enter the cell.......more

New Computer Memory Material Goes Easy on the Juice

Science Magazine, News
by Robert F. Service
August 24, 2012

Multitasking has a price: Your computer is sucking up a lot of electricity keeping track of work you haven't yet saved to the hard drive. Americans spend $6 billion a year on electricity to keep that data stored in a computer's memory during operation. But that figure could drop sharply, scientists report this week, thanks to a new type of material than can permanently store such data—without needing a continuous trickle of electricity to do it.......more

Toward Better Ferroelectrics

Chemical & Engineering News,Science & Technology
by Lauren K. Wolf
August 23, 2012

New organic ferroelectric materials that operate at room temperature made their debut at the American Chemical Society national meeting in Philadelphia this week. Scientists have in the past synthesized ferroelectrics of this type—mixed stacks of electron-donating and electron-accepting small molecules. But the materials had only been able to function at cryogenic temperatures, which are impractical for real-world use.

Ferroelectrics, found in ultrasound imaging equipment and computer memory, are prized for their ability to flip polarization when exposed to an external electric field. Because the materials are currently made of inorganic compounds such as barium titanate, researchers have been seeking alternatives that are cheaper, lighter, and easier to fabricate.......more

Room-Temperature Ferroelectricity in Supramolecular Networks of Charge-Transfer Complexes

Courtesy of Nature

Nature 488(7412), (2012) 485-489.

A. S. Tayi
A. K. Shveyd
C-H. Sue
J. M. Szarko
B. S. Rolczynski
D. Cao
T. J. Kennedy
A. A. Sarjeant
C. L. Stern
W. F. Paxton
W. Wu
S. K. Dey
A. C. Fahrenbach
J. R. Guest
H. Mohseni
L. X. Chen
K. L. Wang
J. F. Stoddart
S. I. Stupp

“Functional Supramolecular Polymers”

Cover Image Courtesy of Science Mag

Science 335(6070), (2012) 813-817.

T. Aida
E. W. Meijer
S. I. Stupp

“Supramolecular Nanostructures that Mimic VEGF as a strategy for Ischemic Tissue Repair”

Courtesy of PNAS

Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 108(33), (2011) 13438-13443.

M. J. Webber
J. Tongers
C. J. Newcomb
K-T. Marquardt
J. Bauersachs
D. W. Losordo
S. I. Stupp



Regular Group Meetings

10/6/15 Tuesday @ 5pm in Cook 2058 - Jacqueline Godbe & Adam Dannenhoffer

10/8/15 Thursday @ 6pm in Ryan 4003 - Open House (poster session)

10/10/15 Saturday @ 11am in Cook 2058 -  Jack Edelbrock & Stacey Chin

10/13/15 Tuesday @ 5pm in Cook 2058 – Selected Individuals

10/29/15 Thursday @ 5pm in Cook 2058 – Ben Nagasing & Alexandra Kolberg

11/10/15 Tuesday @ 5pm in Cook 2058 – Jacob Lewis & Ben Jones

11/16/15 Monday @ 5pm in Gray (SQI) -  Charlotte Chen & Miranda So

12/12/15 Saturday @ 11am in Cook 2058 – John Kinol & Ashwin Narayanan 



Weekly Subgroup Meetings

Subgroup 1 - Energy Materials:
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m., Cook 3024
Contact: Nick Sather

Subgroup 2 - Self-Assembly:
Fridays, 10:00 a.m., Cook 3024
Contact: Benjamin Jones

Subgroup 3 - Biomaterials:
Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m., SQI Conference Rm 11-247, Chicago campus (Lurie) 11th Fl
Contact: Chris Serrano


The Stupp Group 2015

Stupp Group 2015

The Stupp Laboratory
Cook Hall 1127
2220 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-3108

(847) 491-3002 phone
(847) 491-3010 facsimile

Samuel I. Stupp
Board of Trustees Professor of
Materials Science, Chemistry, Medicine, & Biomedical Engineering
Director, Simpson Querrey Insitute for BioNanotechnology


Laura Fields
Program Assistant
Evanston Campus

Maura Walsh email link
Administrative Assistant
Chicago Campus


Recently Published

“Bioactive Nanofibers Enable the Identification of Thrombospondin 2 as a Key Player in Enamel Regeneration”
Huang, Z.; Newcomb, C.; Lei, Y.; Zhou Y.; Bornstein, P.; Amendt, B. A.; Stupp, S. I.; Snead, M. L. Biomaterials 61, (2015) 216-228.

Supramolecular Ferroelectrics
Tayi, A. S.; Kaeser, A.; Matsumoto, M.; Aida, T.; Stupp, S. I. Nature Chemistry 7, (2015), 281-294.

“Improving Solar Cell Efficiency through Hydrogen Bonding: A Method for Tuning Active Layer Morphology”
Aytun, T.; Barreda, L.; Ruiz-Carretero, A.; Lehrman, J. A.; Stupp, S. I. Chemistry of Materials 27(4), (2015) 1201-1209.

“Shape Dependent Targeting of Injured Blood Vessels by Peptide Amphiphile Supramolecular Nanostructures”
Moyer, T. J.; Kassam, H. A.; Bahnson, E. S. M.; Morgan, C. E.; Tantakitti, F.; Chew, T. L.; Kibbe, M. R.; Stupp, S. I. Small 11(23), (2015) 2750-2755.

Semiconducting Single Crystals Comprising Segregated Arrays of Complexes of C60
Barnes, J. C.; Dale, E. J.; Prokofjevs, A.; Narayanan, A.; Gibbs-Hall, I. C.; Juricek, M.; Stern, C. L.; Sarjeant, A. A.; Botros, Y. Y.; Stupp, S. I.; Stoddart, J. F. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137(6), (2015) 2392-2399.

Epitope Topography Controls Bioactivity in Supramolecular Nanofibers
Sur, S.; Tantakitti, F.; Matson, J. B.; Stupp, S. I. Biomaterials Science 3, (2015) 520-532.




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