November 7, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
For decades, the theory of rubber elasticity has been used to tie the macroscopic mechanical properties and response of many polymeric materials back to the mechanical properties and response of the individual molecules within them. New opportunities for stress-responsive polymeric materials have emerged in recent years by considering the response of polymer molecules to forces beyond entropic/conformational distortion. This talk will present studies of reactions under large, directional forces, including fundamental insights into force-driven reactivity and examples of new classes of stress-responsive polymers. Future possibilities for the field will be presented, including some examples provided by unpublished work from my group's lab.