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We plan to apply synthetic organic, polymer, macrocyclic and supramolecular chemistry to the  design and synthesis of functional dynamic materials and catalysts for environmental, energy, and nature-inspired biomedical applications. Our interdisciplinary research program addresses challenges in materials sustainability and healthcare issues through the marriage of fundamental and applied sciences. The methodological development of how to install mechanical bonds precisely into polymers and polymer networks, along with investigation of the mechanical bond in detail in terms of its impact on materials properties, will be the central themes of our research. In particular, we are interested in employing the mechanical bond to tune materials properties and tame catalysis/polymerization processes.