Kang Jiheong in the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, won a BASF Rising Star Award.
<About awarded research>
I have been tackling the development of precise supramolecular polymerizations. In contrast to conventional ?covalent? polymers, it is intrinsically difficult to control degree of polymerization and polydispersity of supramolecular polymers because supramolecular polymerization follows a step-growth mechanism. Through my master course study, I have successfully developed a rational strategy for supramolecular ?chain-growth? polymerization. This result is expected to expand the potential applications of supramolecular polymers.
I am very glad and grateful to Prof. Aida and my colleagues. This nice award and opportunity give me big motivation and passion for further researches. I would like to contribute to materials science by developing new concepts, which bring innovation in our daily life.