Welcome to Ellison Group Research Site

Group Photo (NHA)

The research in Ellison Research Group focuses on the design, synthesis, characterization, and processing of nanostructured polymeric systems. The direction of our research is motivated by a combination of fundamental and practical implications. Several central research themes include manipulating polymers with light for micropatterning or modulating physical properties (e.g., by photopolymerizations or reversible light activated reactions), exploiting and understanding structure or molecular dynamics arising from confining polymers to the nanoscale, engineering bioinspired/bioderived materials or materials processes and sub-20 nm lithography using self-assembled thin film polymer templates. An important aspect of our laboratory is the use of well-established synthetic chemistries (anionic and controlled free-radical polymerization, basic monomer synthesis, etc.) to control all aspects of molecular architecture. This critical framework is required for establishing quantitative relationships in complex multi-scale materials. We also work closely with other research groups focused on theory and simulation to both guide and advance our understanding of the experiments when appropriate.

Dr. Christopher Ellison is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, part of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota

Welcome to our new post-doc associate Dr. Hanim Kim!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 8:30am

Congratulations to Reika Katsumata for being selected as a winner of RSC Soft Matter Award at IPC2016.

RSC Soft Matter Award is sponsored by Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and has been given to a presenter has done outstanding results, excellent presentation and enthusiasm in research presented at IPC2016. The award winner has been announced on IPC2016 Website (http://main.spsj.or.jp/ipc2016/).

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 8:15am

Welcome to our new graduate students, Aditya Banerji, Charles McCutcheon and Szu-Ming Yang!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 3:00pm

Congratualations to Dr. Gregory Blachut, who sucessfully defended his thesis!

Dissertation: Design of Silicon-containing Block Copolymer Materials for Applications in Lithography

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 3:00pm

Congratualations to Dr. Reika Katsumata, who sucessfully defended her thesis!

Dissertation: Effect of Interfaces on Thermophysical Properties and Block Copolymer Self-Assembly in Polymer Thin Films

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 8:15am