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Research themes

Giant
3D superstructures

Fueled reaction cycles- 1D/2D non-equilibrium assemblies and hydrogels

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The group is focused on molecular designs of stimuli responsive self-assemblies.

We aim to work with innovative ways to form supramolecular structures which can range from meso- to macro-scopic scale using bottom up self-assembly. These systems are aimed for applications in catalysis, material properties, aggregation induced emmision, and 3D cell culture. Two main research lines are:

1) FUELED REACTION CYCLES-

designing reaction cycles to drive non-equilibrium self-assemblies. (dynamic and responsive systems using chemical fuels). The group is working on design of new and more effective (e.g. with significantly less waste accumulation) reaction cycles for further development in this direction.

2) 3 DIMENSIONALLY (3D) PERSISTENT SUPERSTRUCTURES-

formation of giant superstructures (responsive and reversible) of appealing macroscopic dimensions and architectures using bottom up self-assembly from small organic building blocks.

 Overall the research interest in Singh’s group is concentrated on developing dynamic supramolecular materials with unique structural as well as functional properties.   

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Self-assembled mega spheres
(top-45 um diameter)
Multi-tori chiral cave network
(bottom- image- 50x50 microns)

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