The Sing research group at the University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign tackles problems in polymer physics using a combination of theoretical and computational tools. Polymer systems are ubiquitous in technology and nature, and exhibit extraordinary versatility in their properties and applications. This means that the fundamental, polymer physics our group studies will inform the design of advanced materials for energy, biotechnology, consumer products, and medicine.
We are interested in both the dynamics and equilibrium structure of polymers, with an emphasis on the design and manipulation of features on molecular length and time scales to obtain desired material properties. While we may consider specific systems or applications, our goal is to elucidate fundamental principles that can be incorporated directly into a wide variety of real polymer systems.