Research

Wang Nature Commun

Structure and transformation of tactoids in cellulose nanocrystal suspensions

Liquid crystals are a phase of matter with fascinating properties that make them useful for liquid crystal displays (LCDs), thermometers, and other applications. Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) obtained from wood form a liquid crystalline phase in water, much the same way that soap forms micelles in water. The organization of the CNCs in water has been poorly understood, but is important for developing new applications with these materials. Now, Pei-Xi Wang (PhD student in the MacLachlan group) has discovered a way to trap the liquid crystalline phase in water. Using a rapid polymerization...

News

Dr. Harry Brumer has been awarded the B.A. Stone Award

Congratulations to Dr. Harry Brumer!

Dr. Harry Brumer has been awarded the B.A. Stone Award for Excellence in Plant Polysaccharide Biochemistry at the XXVIII International Carbohydrate Symposium that took place in New Orleans, USA, 17-21 July ,2016. The award is sponsored by...

Congratulations to the Perrin Group!

Congratulations the Perrin Group! The Perrin Lab's work on new approaches to fluorination for PET imaging makes the cover of Acc. Chem. Research - One quick step for 18F-labeling, one large step for PET Imaging.” Organoborates react...