Research in Supramolecular Dynamics

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Dr. Cornelia Bohne, Professor

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room: Elliott 246

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Victoria, B.C., Canada V8P 5C2

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Supramolecular Dynamics: Understanding on how the moving parts of complex chemical systems work

The world’s complexity leads to the incredible specialized functions of living systems and machines. Living systems are formed from a collection of building blocks held together by reversible processes. A system requires the input of energy to maintain this system in its non-equilibrium "living" state. Many of the exquisite properties of living systems and machines are only achieved because of their built-in complexity. Our research takes a bottom-up approach to understand how the increased complexity of dynamic events can be used to tailor the functions of supramolecular systems. Our overall goal is to build the conceptual framework that can then be used to manipulate the outcomes for systems kept in non-equilibrium states. Our current research focusses on fundamental studies of the host–guest chemistry of cucurbit[n]urils and on the dynamics in supramolecular hydrogels, which are viscoelastic materials with broad every-day life applications (Research).

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We acknowledge that biases and discrimination occur in our educational and working environment. As a group, we work to overcome the current barriers to achieve an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment. Our research and educational outcomes are enriched by the diversity of the group’s members, including their cultural and academic backgrounds. This diversity enhances the effectiveness in tackling research questions from multiple angles and broadens the educational experience. We are collectively responsible to show respect to each other’s ideas, opinions, and to the needs of each group member to achieve their educational and career goals. Acquiring and applying new knowledge in all aspects of professional development, especially regarding equity, diversity and inclusion, is expected and encouraged. Open discussions on such matters occur informally, and formally. If you are interested in joining the group read more (Positions).

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September 2021