The Olson Laboratory for Molecular Tectonics

Molecular Recognition, Self-Assembly, and Architectonic Tuning

Welcome to the Olson Research Group Website. We are affiliated with the Institute for Molecular Design within the School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology at Tianjin University. We seek to develop and manipulate switchable self-assembling molecular architectures by way of subtle synthetic transformations. We are interested in understanding the role of accumulating long range non-covalent interactions and electrostatics in macromolecules and how these forces and interactions affect the thermodynamic equilibrium and kinetics of self-assembly in solution, on surfaces, and at the solvent-nanoparticle interface. The website is geared towards prospective graduate and undergraduate students interested in materials chemistry and molecular nanotechnology. If you are interested in learning more about our research, publications, current group members and more, feel free to browse the various sections of this site.  



MS student Zhang Zhou takes a top research poster award at the 1st ACS Jingjini Chapter Young Star Forum on Health Science held at Tianjin University in October 2017!

Dr. Olson gets recognized as a "Top Ten Supervisor of Tianjin University" and as a "Distinguished Youth Faculty Model for Teaching and Education" for his contributions as a Teacher/Scholar to TJU!

Dr. Olson's nonconventional career track that lead him from Texas to China was highlighted in the September 2017 issue of ACS Chemical & Engineering News!



Our work follows four simple tenants: model it, make it, measure it, publish it! We thrive on both intra- and inter-university collaborative research and we are always looking for new opportunities. Contact us now!