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IMSE Seminar "Supramolecular 3D-printing materials"

Monday, February 12 | 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Stephen F. & Camilla T. Brauer Hall, 12
6548 Forest Park Pkwy, St. Louis, MO 63112, USA

Chenfeng Ke, Associate Professor, Chemistry, Washington University in St. Louis

Nature mastered the art of nanoscale precision and complexity eons before our earliest attempts. For instance, DNA, the essence of life, is synthesized immaculately via intricate hydrogen-bonding interactions. Inspired by this natural prowess, our research seeks to harness the principles underlying nature's materials. We aim to craft innovative supramolecular and polymeric materials, leveraging multivalent hydrogen-bonding interactions. During this presentation, I will spotlight a major project from our lab: the creation of responsive supramolecular 3D-printing materials that morph in response to external stimuli.

Event Type



Arts & Sciences, McKelvey School of Engineering


Science & Technology



Chemistry, Institute of Materials Science & Engineering
Event Contact

Beth Gartin, bgartin@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Dr. Chenfeng Ke earned his B. Sc. (2004) and Ph. D (2009) under the supervision of Prof. Yu Liu at Nankai University in China, where he studied the molecular recognition and assembly behaviors of macrocyclic molecules.  In 2007, he was a visiting Ph.D. student at Osaka University in Japan. After the completion of his Ph. D., he was awarded a Newton International Fellowship by the Royal Society (UK) to pursue research with Professor Anthony Davis between 2009 and 2011 at the University of Bristol. He subsequently joined Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart's (2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry) research group at Northwestern University as a postdoctoral research fellow (2011–2015) before taking up his assistant professorship at Dartmouth College. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2022. He moved to Washington University in St. Louis in January 2024. His current research interests are developing polymeric materials for 3D printing applications and designing porous organic crystals for energy-related applications.

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