Welcome to the Roberts Research Group!

The Roberts Research Group focuses on developing functional polymeric materials with unique electronic and electrochemical properties for energy storage and sensor applications. Research activities are divided into two key areas: (1) tailoring the electrochemical properties of electroactive polymers and guiding their assembly into three-dimensional films with defined nanostructures, and (2) understanding how molecular structure and functionality influence electrochemical and thermal properties of polymer electrolytes.

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Conducting Polymer Design & Assembly

New electroactive polymer materials and structures are developed by tailoring molecular structures and self-assembly properties. Molecular substitutions and synthesis conditions are designed to influence the polymer's electronic properties and assembly into 3-D nanostructures.

Responsive Polymer Electrolytes

Structure-properties relationships of thermally-responsive, ionic copolymers are investigated to guide the development of polymer electrolyte solutions that can actuate changes in conductivity over many orders of magnitude.

Energy Storage and Sensor Devices

Our group is interested in engineering novel electrochemical devices, from supercapacitors to chemical and bio-sensors, using redox polymer nanomaterials. Polymer structures are designed to improve ion diffusion and interfacial processes.

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News
  • Margie Arcila's paper on Roll-to-Roll Carbon Nanotube Synthesis published in Nano Energy
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    Congratulations to Sam Leguizamon for receiving a NASA SCSGC Undergraduate Research Award
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    Congratulations to Jesse Kelly for receiving the Chemical Engineering Graduate Research Award
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    Congratulations to Kryssia Diaz for winning a Travel Grant to ECS 225th meeting in Orlando, FL
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    Congratulations to Margie Arcila-Velez for winning 2nd place at the Clemson's 9th Annual Materials and Optics Poster Session
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  • Margie Arcila's paper on Quinone-doped Polypyrrole Electrodes published in Chemistry of Materials
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    Welcome Matt Noor to the Group!
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    Congratulations to Margie Arcila-Velez for winnnig Best Presentation in Engineering Award (w/ACS Travel Award) at 2013 SACNAS Conference
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    Dr. Roberts and Dr. Rao receive a $1.2M NSF Award on Scalable NanoManufacturing of Carbon Nanotube Electrodes
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    Congrats to Bobby Emmett and J.T. Helms for receiving NASA SCSGC Undergraduate Research Awards
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  • Roberts Group is Online!
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    Jesse Kelly's paper on Responsive Polymer Electrolytes published in Advanced Materials
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    Jeremy Kearns' paper on Polymer Electrode Design published in Journal of Materials Chemistry
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    Welcome Kryssia Diaz and Margarita Arcila to the Group!
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    Dr. Roberts receives the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Grant Award!
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    Welcome Jesse Kelly and Derek Dranichak to the Group!
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