The Sletten Group applies the fundamental principles of physical organic chemistry to create enhanced nanotherapeutics and diagnostics, new chemical tools to study living systems, and novel light-harvesting materials.  The central theme of our group is the element fluorine, which imparts unique, orthogonal behavior to molecules and materials. Research within the group involves an interdisciplinary mix of organic synthesis, fluorous chemistry, chemical biology, self-assembly, polymer synthesis, photophysics, nanomedicine, and pharmacology.