Smart Hybrid Materials (SHMs)
Khashab Research Group
Innovatively Functionalized Nanomaterials for Biomedical, Sensing and Composites Applications

Amphiphilic Molecules



The spontaneous assembly of amphiphilic block co-polymers constituted a stepping-stone for studying the different morphologies of self-assembled macromolecules. By studying small amphiphilic molecules assembly, a new generation of assemblies with diverse morphologies and stimuli responsive properties has emerged. These assemblies constitute smart building blocks for:
A- Metamaterials
Incorporating metal nanoparticles in crystalline material to design new functional metamaterials for different applications especially plasmonics.
B- Stimuli Responsive Interfaces
Spontaneous self-assembly driven by electrostatic, hydrophobic, hydrogen bonding, and host-guest interactions is studied and utilized to engineer the properties of novel interfaces.

Selected publications:
1) Al-Rehili et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b10080;
2) Patil et al. Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 13789–13793;
3) Samai et al. Soft Matter 2016, 12, 2842-2845;