Mark MacLachlan


Department of Chemistry

Current Projects

  • Flexible photonic materials from cellulose nanocrystals for stimuli-responsive applications (e.g., pressure sensors)
  • Stimuli-responsive gelation
  • Nanostructured catalysts for low-temperature methane oxidation
  • Supramolecular compounds for stimuli-driven molecular delivery
  • Molecular cluster templating inside shape-persistent macrocycles

Selected Publications

  • Y. Cao, P.-X. Wang, F. D’Acierno, W.Y. Hamad, C.A. Michal, M.J. MacLachlan. Tunable Diffraction Gratings from Biosourced Lyotropic Liquid Crystals. Adv. Mater. 32, 1907376 (2020).
  • C.E. Boott, A. Tran, W.Y. Hamad, M.J. MacLachlan. Cellulose Nanocrystal Elastomers with Reversible Visible Color. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 59, 226-231 (2020).
  • M.A. Soto, V. Carta, R.J. Andrews, M.T. Chaudhry, M.J. MacLachlan. Structural Elucidation of Selective Solvatochromism in a Responsive-at-metal Cyclometalated Platinum(II) Complex. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 59, 10348-10352 (2020).
  • Kose, A. Tran, L. Lewis, W.Y. Hamad, M.J. MacLachlan. Unwinding a Spiral of Cellulose Nanocrystals for Stimuli-Responsive Stretchable Optics. Nat. Commun. 10, 510 (2019).
  • K.E. Shopsowitz, H. Qi, W.Y. Hamad, M.J. MacLachlan. Free-standing mesoporous silica films with tunable chiral nematic structures. Nature 468, 422 (2010).