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The goal of our research is to understand on a molecular level a broad range of macroscopic properties of polymers. Owing to the tremendous diversity of their physical properties, polymeric materials find applications ranging from the most common to the most exotic products in the forms of fibers, plastics, elastomers, adhesives, and coatings. Inevitably, the final properties of the material depend not only on the chemical constitution of the polymer, but also on its physical structure. In our group we explore general aspects of the latter, relating the macromolecular structure and dynamics to the macroscopic properties. 

Present projects in the lab are divided into three sections:
(1) Polymer Physics
(2) Polymer Chemistry
(3) Eye Disease Treatments



Watson Lecture 2020 Megasupramolecules: When Disaster Leads to Discovery

1/31/2020 - The events of 9/11 spurred Kornfield's research team to begin research on polymers that, when added to fuels like gasoline, minimize the risk of explosion when ignited. On March 18, 2020 from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm, Professor Kornfield will be one of the Caltech speakers taking the stage for this free event open to the public. For more details, visit the event page.



Kornfield and Dervan named to National Academy of Inventors

12/05/2019 – Two members of Caltech’s Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Julia A. Kornfield and Peter B. Dervan, have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). According to the NAI, election as a fellow is the highest professional distinction accorded to academic inventors "who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society."

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