REACT

REACT for human habitat is a Partnerships for International Research and Education  (PIRE) project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the School of engineering and applied science (SEAS) at the University of Pennsylvania, aimed at Research and Education in Active Coatings Technologies (REACT) for human habitat.  This PIRE project addresses key fundamental research challenges through an international educational platform to develop Active Coating Technologies (ACTs) that divert, collect and purify water (ACT 1), suppress bacteria adhesion and proliferation (ACT 2), and convert and store solar energy (ACT 3). To enable coatings that will transform the human habitat, the three ACTs take advantage of the versatility provided by polymers, nanoparticles and their mixtures to create coatings with tailored chemistry, surface texture and function.

ACT 1. Hierarchical Structures for Water Management

ACT 1
This act aims to develop new active technologies for water purification and management. Shu Yang and Robert Riggleman are the co-leaders of this act. They collaborate with Daeyeon Lee, Randall Kamien, Kathleen Stebe, Gang Feng (Villanova), Arjun Yodh to achieve these goals. GIANT partners Michel Langlet , David Riassetto , and Celine Ternon , and Solvay partner Remi Dreyfus also participate in research and educational activities of this act.

ACT 2. Prevention of Infection Transmission

ACT 2 This act aims to produce anti-bacterial coatings to prevent infection transmission. Daeyeon Lee and Mamie Coates (ASU) are the co-leaders of this act. They collaborate with Russell Composto, David Eckmann, Shree Singh (ASU) to achieve these goals. GIANT partners Franz Bruckert , Catherine Picart, Thomas Boudou , and Marianne Weindenhaupt also participate in research and educational activities of this act.

ACT 3: Self-assembled Nanomaterials for Energy Generation and Storage

ACT 3 This act aims to produce flexible coatings using self-assembled nanomaterials for energy storage and harvesting. Chris Murray, Karen Winey, and Zahra Fakhraai are the co-leaders of this act. They collaborate with Russell Composto, Dan Gianola, Robert Riggleman, and Karen Winey to achieve these goals. US partners Gang Feng (Villanova), Amy Fleischer (Villanova), Xuemei Cheng (Brynmawr), GIANT partners Patrice Rannou (co-leader), Bertrand Donnio , Trevor Forsyth, Giovanna Fragneto, Didier Gasparutto, Lionel Picard , Said Sadki. Solvay, Vincent Finsy, and Veronique Mathieu also participate in research and educational activities of this act.