(April 11, 2018) Prof. Lou Madsen has received a three-year, $440K grant from the National Science Foundation to support his investigation "Multi-Scale Self-Assembled Structrue and Properties in Polymeric Molecular Composites". This work builds upon a new material platform invented by Madsen's group known as "molecular ionic composites". These materials are nonflammable solids with high mechanical stiffness but with ions inside that move like a liquid. Madsen's group will explore structure, dynamics and transport in these materials over multiple length and time scales with NMR, X-Ray, microscopy, and molecular dynamics simulations. These materials show promise for use in safer and higher energy density batteries as well as a range of molecular separations applications. Read more about the research here.