Natural Polymers and Photonics Group

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The Natural Polymers and Photonics Group, headed by Associate Professor Caroline Schauer, works primarily in the area of natural polymers as a platform for multifunctional materials. The group's research entails engineering materials using polysaccharides into nanofibers and thin films for water purification and heavy metal detection. Polysaccharides currently under investigation are chitin, chitosan, alginate, chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid, as well as their derivatives and composites.

Research Focus Areas

  • Composites
  • Energy
  • Health and Medicine
  • Materials Processing
  • Nanomaterials
  • Polymers
  • Structural Materials
  • Sustainability