Soft Matter Chemistry and Electron Microscopy

Soft materials are ubiquitous in science, nature, and technology. Their defining characteristic is a structural sensitivity towards their environment due to the molecular energy of the systems being on the order of thermal energy. As materials scientists we exploit this sensitivity, using processes such as self-assembly, to create complex materials that find applications in nanomedicine, catalysis, and energy storage or conversion. The Patterson Lab uses advanced electron microscopy techniques to explore the nanoscale dynamic processes which are essential to soft matter formation and application. Through visualization and quantitative analysis of these processes we aim to drive advancements in soft matter research and create the next generation of functional nanomaterials. 

"You cannot depend on your judgment when your imag(e)ination is out of focus" - Mark Twain

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