Soft matter photonics and materials informatics

The Copp lab uses soft matter building blocks to build nanoscale materials that create or manipulate light. Our research focuses on how self-assembly of biopolymers and synthetic polymers can guide the formation of novel optical materials.  Much of our work incorporates machine learning and data mining for materials study and design.

Research interests

  • DNA-stabilized metal clusters – sequence encoded nanomaterials
  • Metal-mediated DNA base pairing – expanding the code of DNA nanotechnology
  • Building electronic materials from biomolecules
  • Block copolymer self-assembly as a route to multi-length scale order in materials
  • Machine learning and data mining for materials discovery
Our first group photo! And the debut of the official “Copp lab hat.”

Our research is supported by the following organizations.