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Synthetic materials mimic living creatures

Northwestern University, News Center
by Amanda Morris
June 22, 2020

Robotic soft matter’ bends, rotates and crawls when hit with light.

Northwestern University researchers have developed a family of soft materials that imitates living creatures.

When hit with light, the film-thin materials come alive — bending, rotating and even crawling on surfaces.

Called “robotic soft matter" by the Northwestern team, the materials move without complex hardware, hydraulics or electricity. The researchers believe the lifelike materials could carry out many tasks, with potential applications in energy, environmental remediation and advanced medicine. More


New Bio-inspired Dynamic Materials Transform Themselves

McCormick School of Engineering, News & Events
by Emily Ayshford
Oct 4, 2018

Highly dynamic synthetic superstructures self-assemble, change stiffness of soft materials, then revert, while providing new clues on brain, spinal cord injuries and neurological disease

New technology to manipulate cells could one day help treat Parkinson's, arthritis, other diseases

Northwestern University, News Center
by Kristin Samuelson
July 10, 2017

DNA strands in materials act like traffic signals to start, stop cell activity or regenerate tissue

EVANSTON, Ill. --  A groundbreaking advancement in materials from Northwestern University could potentially help patients requiring stem cell therapies for spinal cord injuries, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritic joints or any other condition requiring tissue regeneration, according to a new study.

Sugar-coated nanomaterial excels at promoting bone growth

Northwestern University, News Center
by Megan Fellman
June 19, 2017

Method offers pathway for improving patient outcomes after spinal fusion surgery

EVANSTON - There hasn’t been a gold standard for how orthopaedic spine surgeons promote new bone growth in patients, but now Northwestern University scientists have designed a bioactive nanomaterial that is so good at stimulating bone regeneration it could become the method surgeons prefer.

Samuel Stupp honored with Royal Society of Chemistry’s Soft Matter and Biophysical Chemistry Award

Northwestern University, News Center
by Megan Fellman
May 9, 2016

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Samuel I. Stupp, the director of the Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology at Northwestern University, has received the Soft Matter and Biophysical Chemistry Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry -- the largest organization in Europe dedicated to advancing the chemical sciences. The award is given by the Faraday Division of the Royal Society, which provides a forum for physical and biophysical chemistry, molecular and chemical physics, and theoretical chemistry.

Researchers Develop Completely New Kind of Polymer

Northwestern University, News Center
by Megan Fellman
January 28, 2016

Hybrid polymers could lead to new concepts in self-repairing materials, drug delivery and artificial muscles

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Imagine a polymer with removable parts that can deliver something to the environment and then be chemically regenerated to function again. Or a polymer that can lift weights, contracting and expanding the way muscles do......more

Hybrid Polymer Blends Covalent And Supramolecular Components

Chemical & Engineering News
by Bethany Halford
February 1, 2016

Polymers: Supramolecular component can be removed and reconstituted on demand to yield soft materials with novel delivery or repair functions

By combining monomers that form a covalently linked polymer with a monomer that assembles noncovalently into a supramolecular polymer, researchers have created a novel soft material that’s distinct from the forms these monomers take on their own. The new hybrid structure, created by Samuel I. Stupp and colleagues at Northwestern University, can be partially disassembled and reassembled on demand, creating a material that could have applications in drug delivery and self-healing materials......more


“Oriented Multiwalled Organic-Co(OH)2 Nanotubes for Energy Storage”

Courtesy of Advanced Functional Materials

Advanced Functional Materials 28(3), (2018) e1702320. 
Lau et al.

"Supramolecular Assembly of Peptide Amphiphiles"

Courtesy of Accounts of Chemical Research

Accounts of Chemical Research 50(10), (2017) 2440-2448.
Hendricks et al.

“Sulfated Glycopeptide Nanostructures for Multipotent Protein Activation”

Courtesy of Nature Nanotechnology

Nature Nanotechnology 12, (2017) 821-829.
Lee et al.

"Simultaneous Covalent and Non-Covalent Hybrid Polymerizations"

Courtesy of Science

Science 351(6272), (2016) 497-502.
Yu et al.

“Energy Landscapes and Function of Supramolecular Systems”

Courtesy of Nature Materials

Nature Materials 15(4), (2016) 469-476.
Tantakitti et al.

“Supramolecular Packing Controls H2 Photocatalysis in Chromophore Amphiphile Hydrogels”

Courtesy of JACS

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137(48), (2015) 15241- 15246.
Weingarten et al.

Bioactive DNA-Peptide Nanotubes Enhance the Differentiation of Neural Stem Cells Into Neurons

Courtesy of Nano Letters

Nano Letters 15(1), (2015) 603-609.
Stephanopoulos et al

“Internal Dynamics of a Supramolecular Nanofiber”

Courtesy of Nature Materials

Nature Materials 13, (2014) 812-816.
Ortony et al.

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

Courtesy of Nature

Nature 488(7412), (2012) 485-489.
Tayi et al.

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August 26, 2020 – Summer Undergrads



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Recently Published

“Supramolecular-Covalent Hybrid Polymers for Light-Activated Mechanical Actuation”
Li, C.; Iscen, A; Sai, H.; Sato, K.; Sather, N. A.; Chin, S.; Àlvarez, Z.; Palmer, L. C.; Schatz, G. C; Stupp, S. I. Nature Materials (2020) in press

“Development of Optimized Tissue Factor-Targeted Peptide Amphiphile Nanofibers to Slow Noncompressible Torso Hemorrhage”
Klein, M. K.; Kassam, H. A.; Lee, R. H.; Bergmeier, W.; Peters, E. B.; Gillis, D. C.; Dandurand, B. R.; Rouan, J. R.; Karver, M. R.; Struble, M. D.; Clemons, T. D.; Palmer, L. C.; Gavitt, B.; Pritts, T. A.; Tsihlis, N. D.; Stupp , S. I.; Kibbe, M. R. ACS Nano 14(6), (2020) 6649-6662.

“Imaging Supramolecular Morphogenesis with Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy at Elevated Temperatures”
Sai, H.; Lau, G. C; Dannenhoffer, A. J.; Chin, S. M; Dordevic, L.; Stupp, S. I. Nano Letters 20(6), (2020) 4234–4241.

“Light-Driven Expansion of Spiropyran Hydrogels”
Li, C.; Iscen, A.; Palmer, L. C.; Schatz, G. C.; Stupp, S. I. J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 142(18), (2020) 8447-8453.

“Enhancement of Chemical Oscillations by Self-Generated Convective Flows”
Shklyaev, O. E.; Yashin, V. V.; Stupp, S. I.; Balazs, A. C. Communications Physics 3, (2020) 70.

"Supramolecular Energy Materials
Dumele, O.; Chen, J.; Passarelli, J. V.; Stupp, S. I. Advanced Materials 32(17), (2020) 1907247.

Supramolecular and Hybrid Bonding Polymers
Stupp, S. I.; Clemons, T. D.; Carrow, J K.; Sai, H.; Palmer, L. C. Israel Journal of Chemistry 60(1-2), (2020) 124-131.

“Development of Fractalkine-Targeted Nanofibers that Localize to Sites of Arterial Injury”
Kassam, H. A.; Gillis, D. C.; Dandurand, B. R.; Karver, M. R.; Tsihlis, N. D.; Stupp, S.I.; Kibbe, M. R.; Nanomaterials 10(3), (2020) 420.






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