2018 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Director’s Award

Kenneth Carter and Soeun Kim have received the 2018 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Director’s Award: Science and Technology. For a scientific accomplishment that represents significant breakthrough recognized both within the Laboratory and externally. The award stems from work on adaptive protective and breathable garments for protection against chemical/biological warfare threats. They have developed materials that are responsive to chemical warfare agents (CWAs) Upon attack the CWAs are neutralized and concurrently the contaminated layer undergoes a exfoliation or shedding process to remove the threat from the surface. This is part of a DTRA funded project CBT-PHM-03, Dynamic Multifunctional Materials for a Second Skin [D(MS)2].

Dithienobenzimidazole-Containing Conjugated Donor–Acceptor Polymers: Synthesis and Characterization

An article by Jared D. Harris, Marcus Stihl, Han-Werner Schmidt  and Kenneth R. Carter published in Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry

Harris and Carter describe the synthesis and characterization of two new semiconducting conjugated polymers. The polymers’ structure is scrutinized using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight spectroscopy and the effect of adding acid and base to the amphiprotic polymers is assessed. These analyses reveal interesting observations regarding these unique systems which shed light upon areas in need of improvement in conjugated polymer synthesis.

DOI: 10.1002/pola.29284