Soft materials are defined by their molecular (carbon-based) chemical structure and their mesophasic character, spanning the range between liquid and solid-like properties.
We exploit molecular self-assembly to create nanoscale structures with targeted geometries. Using this synthesis strategy, we create materials with an astonishing degree of internal organization on extremely small (sub-nanometer) length scales. We employ a variety of highly specialized methods, from unique magnetic resonance techniques to high flux neutron and x-ray techniques. These methods allow us to probe internal structure, dynamics, and water motion with site specificity.