The Laboratory for Emergent Nanomaterials, directed by Carson Bruns, manipulates matter on the smallest of scales to create materials with emergent properties, characterized by novel and sometimes surprising features arising from the interactions of multiple bodies. By synthesizing, assembling, combining and organizing nanoscale building blocks, we design technologies that enhance the quality of human lives in the domains of health, energy, sensory augmentation and self-expression.
Purnendu, Jess Hartcher‑O’Brien, Vatsal Mehta, Nicholas Colonnese, Aakar Gupta, Carson Bruns, Priyanshu Agarwal. 2023. "Fingertip Wearable High‑resolution Electrohydraulic Interface for Multimodal Haptics". In: Proceedings of IEEE World Haptics Conference (Delft, Netherlands, July 10–13, 2023).
Karan Dikshit and Carson J. Bruns. 2023. "Slide‐Ring Materials Based on Self‐assembled Polyrotaxane “Molecular Necklaces”". In: Supramolecular Nanotechnology: Advanced Design of Self‐Assembled Functional Materials 2. (April 21, 2023).
Samuel C. Lamont, Kyle Weishaar, Carson J. Bruns, and Franck J. Vernerey. 2023. "Micromechanics and damage in slide-ring networks". In: Physical Review E 107, no. 4. (April 1, 2023)
Karan Vivek Dikshit, Aseem Milind Visal, Femke Janssen, Alexander Larsen, and Carson J. Bruns. 2023. "Pressure-Sensitive Supramolecular Adhesives Based on Lipoic Acid and Biofriendly Dynamic Cyclodextrin and Polyrotaxane Cross-Linkers". In: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 15, no. 13.
Hyejin Kwon, Brian S. Newell, Carson J. Bruns. 2022. Redox-switchable host–guest complexes of metallocenes and cycloparaphenylene. First published Sept 7, 2022. Nanoscale, advance article doi.org/10.1039/D2NR03852H
JL Butterfield, GP Penoncello, KV Dikshit, CJ Bruns. A Photochromic Intradermal Smart Tattoo Based on Diarylethene-Doped Polystyrene Nanoparticles for Personal γ-Ray Dosimetry. ACS Applied Nano Materials 2022, In Press. doi.org/10.1021/acsanm.2c01554
KV Dikshit, CJ Bruns. Chemorheological Monitoring of Cross-Linking in Slide-Ring Gels Derived from a-Cyclodextrin Polyrotaxanes. Front. Chem. 2022, doi.org/10.3389/fchem.2022.923775.
H Kwon, CJ Bruns. All-Conjugated Cycloparaphenylene-Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Host-Guest Complexes Stabilized by CH–π Interactions. Nano Research 2022, 15, 5545–5555.doi.org/10.1007/s12274-022-4145-5
Xin Zhou, Hyejin Kwon, Richard R. Thompson, Robert J. Herman, Frank R. Fronczek, Carson J. Bruns and Semin Lee. 2021. Scalable synthesis of cycloparaphenyleneacetylene carbon nanohoop using alkyne metathesis. Chemical Communications 2021, 10809–10956. https://doi.org/10.1039/d1cc04776k. (Oct. 25, 2021).
KV Dikshit, CJ Bruns. Post-Synthesis Modification of Slide-Ring Gels for Thermal and Mechanical Reconfiguration. Soft Matter 2021, 17, 5248–5257. https://doi.org/10.1039/D0SM02260H.
Purnendu, S Novack, E Acome, C Keplinger, M Alistar, MD Gross, C Bruns, D Leithinger. 2021. Electriflow: Soft Electrohydraulic Building Blocks for Prototyping Shape-changing Interfaces, In Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2021 (DIS ’21), ACM, New York, NY, USA, 10 pages. (June 28-July 2, 2021–Virtual Event).
Purnendu, Eric Acome, Christoph Keplinger, Mark D. Gross, Carson Bruns, Daniel Leithinger. 2021. Soft Electrohydraulic Actuators for Origami Inspired Shape-Changing Interfaces. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts (CHI '21 Extended Abstracts). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 6 pages. (Yokohama, Japan–May 8-13, 2021). pdf.
A Parameswar, KV Dikshit, S Movafaghi, CJ Bruns, AP Goodwin. Mechanochemistry Activated Covalent Conjugation Reactions in Soft Hydrogels Induced by Interfacial Failure. ACS Appl. Mater. Interf. 2021, 13, 1486–1492. (December 28, 2020).
Butterfield JL, Keyser SP, Dikshit KV, Kwon H, Koster MI, Bruns CJ. 2020. Solar Freckles: Long-Term Photochromic Tattoos for Intradermal Ultraviolet Radiometry. ACS Nano. 2020 Oct 27;14(10):13619-13628. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.0c05723. Epub 2020 Sep 22. PMID: 32961057.
M Atreya, K Dikshit, G Marinick, J Nielson, C Bruns, GL Whiting. Poly(lactic acid)-Based Ink for Biodegradable Printed Electronics With Conductivity Enhanced Through Solvent Aging. ACS Appl. Mater. Interf. 2020, 12, 23494–23501. (April 24, 2020). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.0c05196.
Bruns, C. J. Exploring and Exploiting the Symmetry-Breaking Effect of Cyclodextrins in Mechanomolecules. Symmetry 2019, 11, 1249.
Bruns, C. J. The Rise of Smart Tattoos. TEDxMileHigh Blog. 2019.
CJ Bruns, JF Stoddart, The Nature of the Mechanical Bond: From Molecules to Machines. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2016. 761 pp. ISBN: 9781119044000.