Professor Sergei Sheiko, Ph.D., Habil, aims at the design of novel polymeric materials with unique properties for biomedical implants, soft robotics, and enhanced oil recovery. He is currently focused on time-programmable materials with architecturally encoded physical properties.
Sergei is a George A. Bush, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Fellow of the American Physical Society.
Before joining the Chemistry Department at the University of North Carolina in 2001, Sergei has been working on his Habilitation in Polymer Chemistry at the University of Ulm in Germany and as Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Twente in The Netherlands. He received a PhD degree in Polymer Physics from the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1991 and BS in Molecular and Chemical Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1986
UNC Chapel Hill has received a $3.18 million National Science Foundation grant to establish a Materials Interdisciplinary Research Team, MIRT!
Some areas of research funded by this grant include thin polymer films, surface properties, wetting phenomena, molecular assembly, and the behavior of single molecules. Currently, tyhe MIRT team is focused on the design of molecular tensile machines, exploring new strategies in lithography, developing molecular fluidics, and mechanical activation of specific chemical bonds at interfaces.
Using molecular imaging techniques we are able to observe how individual molecules move, self-organize, respond, and react on surfaces. These studies have direct implications on microelectronics, photonics, fluidics, and oil recovery, for example, technologies that greatly exploit the microstructure and surface properties of thin polymer films.