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Northwestern Scientists Publish Guiding Principles for COVID-19 Vaccine Development

McCormick School of Engineering, News & Events
by Daniel Allar
July 21, 2020

Four takeaways from research could help scientists working to develop safe and effective vaccine.

A team from Northwestern including Northwestern Engineering’s Michael Jewett and Samuel Stupp has created guidelines to assist in developing a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19.

Published July 21 in ACS Central Science, the principles were gleaned from early research on COVID-19 and data from the 2003 SARS outbreak, caused by SARS-CoV, a very similar virus to SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. More

Northwestern, MIT Researchers Develop Novel Materials for Energy and Sensing

McCormick School of Engineering, News & Events
by Daniel Allar
July 6, 2020

Strategically varying composition of organic layers can "tune" color of light absorbed by perovskites.

A team of researchers from Northwestern University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has demonstrated the ability to fine-tune the electronic properties of hybrid perovskite materials, which have drawn enormous interest as potential next-generation optoelectronic materials for devices such as solar cells and light sources.
The materials are classified as “hybrid” because they contain inorganic components like metals as well as organic molecules with elements like carbon and nitrogen, organized into nanoscale layers. In the paper “Tunable exciton binding energy in 2D hybrid layered perovskites through donor–acceptor interactions within the organic layer,” published July 6 in the journal Nature Chemistry, the researchers showed that by strategically varying the composition of the organic layers, they could tune the color of light absorbed by the perovskite and also the wavelength at which the material emitted light. Importantly, they accomplished this without substantially changing the inorganic component. More

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




“Tunable Exciton Binding Energy in Two-Dimensional Hybrid Layered Perovskites Through Organic-Layer Donor–Acceptor Interactions”

Courtesy of Nature Chemistry

Nature Chemistry 12, (2020) 672-682.
Passarelli et al.

“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.


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Recently Published

“Design of Materials with Supramolecular Polymers”
Clemons, T. D. and Stupp, S. I. Progress in Polymer Science 111 (2020) 101310.

“Pharmacokinetics and Biodistribution of a Collagen-Targeted Peptide Amphiphile for Cardiovascular Applications”
Kassam, H. A.; Bahnson, E. M.; Cartaya, A.; Jiang, W.; Avram, M. J.; Tsihlis, N. D.; Stupp, S. I.; Kibbe, M. R. Pharmacology Research & Perspectives 8(6) (2020) e00672.

Supramolecular Self-Assembling Peptides to Deliver Bone Morphogenetic Proteins for Skeletal Regeneration
Chen, C. H.; Hsu, E. L.; Stupp, S. I. BONE 141, (2020) 115565.

Principles Learned from the International Race to Develop a Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccine”
Thames, A.; Wolniak, K.; Stupp, S. I.; Jewett, M. ACS Central Science 6(8), (2020) 1341-1347.

Proapoptotic Peptide Brush Polymer Nanoparticles via Photoinitiated Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly"
Sun, H.; Cao, W.; Zang, N.; Clemons, T. D.; Scheutz, G. M.; Hu, Z.; Thompson, M. P.; Liang, Y.; Vratsanos, M.; Zhou, X.; Choi, W.; Sumerlin, B. S.; Stupp, S. I.; Gianneschi, N. C. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 59(43), (2020) 19136-19142.

“Transforming Growth Factor β-1 Binding by Peptide Amphiphile Hydrogels”
Lewis, J. A.; Freeman, R.; Carrow, J. K.; Clemons, T. D.; Palmer, L. C.; Stupp, S. I. ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering 6(8), (2020) 4551-4560.

“Supramolecular Exchange Among Assemblies of Opposite Charge Leads to Hierarchical Structures”
Wester, J. R.; Lewis, J. A.; Freeman, R.; Sai, H.; Palmer, L. C.; Henrich, S. E.; Stupp, S. I. J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 142(28), (2020) 12216-12225.





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