Rustem F. Ismagilov
Using Microstructures to Control, Create and Understand Complex Chemical SystemsResearch at the interface of organic and physical chemistry; chemical systems that can be controlled and can perform functions; chemical complexity. We use organic chemistry to control the structure of molecules; these molecules generate function on the nanoscale (molecules that convert chemical energy into mechanical work) and on the macroscale (organic electronic materials). We use microfluidics and microfabrication to control interacting chemical reactions; these reactions detect, transmit, amplify, and analyze chemical signals. Ultimately, this research may lead to functional systems of organic molecules, materials, and reactions that interact via fluidic and electrical networks and function at the level of complexity of a living organism. We expect that our research will lead to better understanding of molecular-scale energy conversion, and of complex chemical and biochemical processes and networks.