Duke Chemistry Leads New Polymer Chemistry Center

The National Science Foundation is funding the new Center for the Chemistry of Molecularly Optimized Networks (MONET) as a Phase I Center for Chemical Innovation. Led by Duke and featuring prominent chemists at MIT and Northwestern, MONET informs strategies to bring remarkable properties to polymer networks, by treating them as complex but understandable chemical systems that can be harnessed to produce currently inaccessible collective properties.  Beyond the new knowledge it creates, MONET will make a broader impact on society by developing an open polymer network database, training and developing young scientists, driving innovation, and providing science communication and educational resources to diverse audiences.  Duke Chemistry faculty members Stephen Craig (director) and Michael Rubinstein are among MONET’s five founding members.

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