Welcome to the Ulijn Group website. Our lab is focused on the use of simple versions of the molecular building blocks of life to produce materials and systems with controllable structural, photonic, electronic, and biological properties. These properties open up wide-ranging applications in energy, biomedicine, environmental protection, food, cosmetics, and personal care. [Group Members and Full Biography]
Ulijn Group at ASRC
The Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at the Graduate Center, CUNY, is a 200,000-square-foot facility in upper Manhattan that promotes collaborative, cutting-edge science research in five areas, including nanoscience. Its state-of the-art cleanroom and imaging and surface science facilities support nanoscale research that has broad implications for fields such as medicine, electronics, energy, and industry.
Mechanistic insights of evaporation-induced actuation in supramolecular crystals
Water evaporation is a remarkably powerful process, providing a clean source of energy to power mechanical machines and devices. In a newly published paper in Nature Materials, PhD student Roxy Piotrowska and collaborators within CUNY and at The University of Strathclyde demonstrate the development of shape-shifting crystals that directly convert evaporation energy into powerful motions.