The Phillips Group

We work at the interface of organic, analytical, and materials chemistry. We design and synthesize reagents that are capable of autonomously detecting trace chemical signals and then providing a highly amplified response. These reagents are useful for a variety of applications including low-cost point-of-care diagnostics, and will provide the foundation for a wide range of new types of stimuli-responsive materials. We are motivated by important problems facing the world, including (i) diagnosing disease in resource-limited environments, and (ii) providing solutions to the accumulation of plastic waste in the environment.

A typical research project involves fundamental organic and/or analytical chemistry followed by more applied experiments that use our reagents and acquired knowledge.

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