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Researcher: Padma Gopalan

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Areas of Expertise
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Chemical biology
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Materials chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Molecular design, synthesis, and characterization of novel functional organic/polymeric materials
  • Electro-optic, photonic and biological applications
  • Synthetic strategies towards organic, photonic, and electronic materials
  • Self-assembly of rod-coil block copolymers with conducting/liquid crystalline segments
  • Directed assembly of biological, mesogenic, and nonmesogenic molecules
  • Polymeric templates
  • Self-assembly and directed-assembly of block copolymers
Web Site Padma Gopalan's Department of Chemistry Website
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Issued Patent(s)
  • 9,327,979 - Methods for removing polymer coatings from single-walled carbon nanotubes, issued May 2016.
  • 9,207,536 - Photopatternable imaging layers for controlling block copolymer microdomain orientation, issued December 2015.
  • 9,115,255 - Crosslinked random copolymer films for block copolymer domain orientation, issued August 2015.
  • 9,114,998 - Methods of fabricating large-area, semiconducting nanoperforated graphene materials, issued August 2015.
  • 9,105,480 - Methods for the fabrication of graphene nanoribbon arrays using block copolymer lithography, issued August 2015.
USPTO Published Applications
  • 20150344648 - Substrate independent copolymers for biofunctionalization, published December 2015.
  • 20150228897 - Dose-controlled, floating evaporative assembly of aligned carbon nanotubes for use in high performance field effect transistors, published August 2015.
  • 20150099109 - Block copolymers with high flory-huggins interaction parameters for block copolymer lithography, published April 2015.
  • 20140273361 - Methods for the fabrication of graphene nanoribbon arrays using block copolymer lithography, published September 2014.
  • 20140272673 - Block copolymer-based mask structures for the growth of nanopatterned polymer brushes, published September 2014.
Recent Publication(s)
  • Peptide Conjugation to a Polymer Coating via Native Chemical Ligation of Azlactones for Cell Culture. Schmitt SK, Trebatoski DJ, Krutty JD, Xie AW, Rollins B, Murphy WL,Gopalan P. Biomacromolecules. 2016 Mar 14;17(3):1040-7. doi: 10.1021/acs.biomac.5b01682. Epub 2016 Feb 15.

  • Magnetic Alignment of Block Copolymer Microdomains by Intrinsic Chain Anisotropy. Rokhlenko Y, Gopinadhan M, Osuji CO, Zhang K, O'Hern CS, Larson SR,Gopalan P, Majewski PW, Yager KG. Phys Rev Lett. 2015 Dec 18;115(25):258302. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.258302. Epub 2015 Dec 18.

  • Hydrogel arrays formed via differential wettability patterning enable combinatorial screening of stem cell behavior. Le NN, Zorn S, Schmitt SK,¬†Gopalan P, Murphy WL. Acta Biomater. 2016 Apr 1;34:93-103. doi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2015.09.019. Epub 2015 Sep 16.

  • Isolation of Pristine Electronics Grade Semiconducting Carbon Nanotubes by Switching the Rigidity of the Wrapping Polymer Backbone on Demand. Joo Y, Brady GJ, Shea MJ, Oviedo MB, Kanimozhi C, Schmitt SK, Wong BM, Arnold MS,¬†Gopalan P. ACS Nano. 2015 Oct 27;9(10):10203-13. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.5b03835. Epub 2015 Sep 15.

View Padma Gopalan's publications here.
Recent Artistic Works
  • Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies
  • Intra-University Collaboration: Physics, Materal Science and Engineering, Biological Systems Engineering
  • Sandia National Laboratory
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Research Facilities
E-mail Address [email protected]
Phone Number 608-265-4258
Current University UW–Madison
Department Chemistry / Materials Science and Engineering
Title Professor
Other Appointments
Address Line 1 219 Materials Science & Engineering Building
Address Line 2 1509 University Avenue
City Madison
State WI
Zip Code 53706
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
PhD Ph.D., Cornell University, 2001
Other Degrees
Technologies Available for Licensing A Photopatternable Layer for Controlling Block Copolymer Microdomain Orientation

Robust and Improved Surfaces for Biological Microarrays That Reduce Nonspecific Binding

Block Copolymers for Sub-10 Nanometer Lithography

Polymer Coating for Cell Culture Substrates

Superior Nanotube Film for High Performance Field Effect Transistors

Low-Temperature Method for Smoothing the Disordered Edges of Graphene

Large-Area, Nanoperforated Graphene Materials for Semiconducting Applications

Masks for Growing Nanopatterned Polymer Brushes

New Surface-Modifying Film for BCP Formation

Degradable Neutral Layer for BCP Lithography

Dense Polymer Brush Growth with New Copolymer

New Method for Direct Patterning in Block Copolymer Lithography

Patterned Graphene for Field Effect Transistors

Bottom-Up Patterning of Smooth Graphene Microstructures and Nanostructures