LATEST NEWS: Our joint proposal with the Pietrangelo group to establish PolyRUN, a state-of-the-art polymer and nanomaterials characterization facility at Rutgers University-Newark, has been funded by the State of New Jersey. PolyRUN will make accessible a broad range of instruments such as DSC, TGA, DMA, rheometer, MALDI-TOF MS with GPC, solid state NMR, AFM with inert atmosphere glove box, and a Confocal Raman Microscop. PolyRUN is expected to be fully operational in early 2015 and more detailed info will be made available at that time.
Students in the Jaekle group use multi-step organic syntheses, gain hands-on experience with handling of air-sensitive compounds by means of Schlenk techniques and inert-atmosphere glove boxes, and learn to apply state-of-the-art polymerization techniques.
Of paramount importance to our research program is the thorough characterization
of our novel molecular compounds and polymeric materials. Techniques that we commonly apply
include multinuclear NMR, IR and UV-visible spectroscopy, photoluminescence, electrochemical measurements, X-ray crystallography, and
We use common polymer characterization
techniques such as size exclusion chromatography (SEC/GPC),
multi angle laser light scattering (MALLS), dynamic light scattering (DLS), MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry,
differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and thermogravimetric
analysis (TGA). In addition, we have a spin coater for casting thin films. Nanostructured materials are characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) in a collaboration with Prof. Bonder in the Biology Department.
We also use theoretical calculations (Gaussian, Spartan, etc), especially in our projects on conjugated materials, to help correlate the molecular structure with electronic properties.