Welcome to the home page of the Paul Braun Research Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Our group members perform research in the fields of materials chemistry, polymers, biomaterials, organic and inorganic self-assembly, electronic materials and photonics.

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Researchers confront optics and data-transfer challenges with 3D-printed lens

Researchers have developed new 3D-printed microlenses with adjustable refractive indices – a property that gives them highly specialized light-focusing abilities. This advancement is poised to improve imaging, computing and communications by significantly increasing the data-routing capability of computer chips and other optical systems, the researchers said.

The study led by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers Paul Braun and Lynford Goddard and is the first to demonstrate the ability to adjust the direction in which light bends and travels through a lens with sub-micrometer precision.

Read the full story: Researchers confront optics and data-transfer challenges with 3D-printed lens
The results of the study are published in the journal Light: Science and Application: DOI: 10.1038/s41377-020-00431-3

Congratulations to Prof. Paul Braun and Prof. Nancy Sottos!

Paul Braun and Nancy Sottos elected AAAS Fellows

AAAS Fellows are a distinguished cadre of scientists, engineers and innovators who have been recognized for their achievements across disciplines, from research, teaching, and technology, to administration in academia, industry and government, to excellence in communicating and interpreting science to the public.

Braun as the Guest Editor for the October 2020 MRS Bulletin on Functional Materials and Devices by Self-Assembly.
Dmitri V. Talapin, Michael Engel, Paul V. Braun MRS Bulletin, Volume 45 / Issue 10, October 2020, pp 799 – 806 doi: 10.1557/mrs.2020.252 Published Online on 9 October 2020

Braun Group Recent Publications
P. Sun, X. Li, J. Shao and P.V. Braun, High‐Performance Packaged 3D Lithium‐Ion Microbatteries Fabricated Using Imprint Lithography, Advanced Materials, 33, 1, 2006229 (2021). DOI: 10.1002/adma.202006229
C.R. Ocier, C.A. Richards, D.A. Bacon-Brown, Q. Ding, R. Kumar, T.J. Garcia, J. van de Groep, J.-H. Song, A.J. Cyphersmith, A. Rhode, A.N. Perry, A.J. Littlefield, J. Zhu, D. Xie, H. Gao, J.F. Messinger, M.L. Brongersma, K.C. Toussaint Jr., L.L. Goddard and P.V. Braun, Direct laser writing of volumetric gradient index lenses and waveguides, Light Science & Applications 9, 196 (2020). DOI: 10.1038/s41377-020-00431-3
S. Kim, B. Lee, J.T. Reeder, S.H. Seo, S.U. Lee, A. Hourlier-Fargette, J. Shin, Y. Sekine, H. Jeong, Y.S. Oh, A.J. Aranyosi, S.P. Lee, J.B. Model, G. Lee, M.H. Seo, S.S. Kwak, S. Jo, G. Park, S. Han, I. Park, H.I. Jung, R. Ghaffari, J. Koo, P.V. Braun, and J.A. Rogers, Soft, skin-interfaced microfluidic systems with integrated immunoassays, fluorometric sensors and impedance measurement capabilities, PNAS, 117, 27906-27915 (2020). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2012700117
J. Liu, J.R. Streufert, K. Mu, T. Si, T. Han, Y. Han, X. Lin, J. Li, and P.V. Braun, Polymer Composites Containing Phase-Change Microcapsules Displaying Deep Undercooling Exhibits Thermal History-Dependent Mechanical Properties, Advanced Materials Technologies, 5, 2000286 (2020) DOI: 10.1002/admt.202000286
Z. Zheng, B. Chen, Y. Xu, N. Fritz, Y. Gurumukhi, J. Cook, M. Ates, N. Miljkovic, P.V. Braun, The Impact of Non-uniform Metal Scaffolds on the Performance of 3D Structured Silicon Anodes, 30, 101502 (2020) DOI: 10.1016/j.est.2020.101502
J. H. Park, C.H. Lee, J.-M. Ju, J.-H. Lee, D. Yim, C. Choi, P.V. Braun, S.U. Lee and J.H. Kim, Molecular Engineering of Nanostructures and Activities on Bifunctional Oxygen Electrocatalysts for Zinc-Air Batteries, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 270, 118869 DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2020.118869