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POLY 2021 Spring

Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research

Presented at the Spring 2021 National ACS Virtual Meeting, April 12, 13, and 15, 2021

Organized by POLY (H. N. Cheng, Christopher Ellison, Christine Coltrain, and Timothy Long)

View student submissions from the Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Symposium below.

Student Submissions

  • Alex Balzer, Georgia Institute of Technology

"Understanding the Impact of Polymer Chain Rigidity on the Assembly, Structure, and Photo-physical Processes" (Abstract)

  • Monika Baraniak, Rutgers University-Newark

"Synthesis of Electron-deficient Borinic Acid Polymers and their Applications in Supramolecular Assembly and as Catalysts in Amide Bond Formation" (Abstract) (Presentation)

  • Eric Bruckner, Northwestern University

"Random Copolymers Form Crystalline Structures with Supramolecular Polymers" (Abstract)

  • Mengxue Cao, Yale University

"Controlled/living Branching Polymerization enabled by Polymerization-induced Activation: Mechanistic Study Assisted Development of Catalytic Systems" (Abstract)

  • Ryan Carrazzone, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

"Harnessing Core Chain Mobility in tuning Small Molecule Release Rates from Polymer Micelles" (Abstract)

  • Morgan Cencer, University of Illinois System

"Active Machine Learning for New Monomers for Frontal Ring-opening Metathesis Polymerization" (Abstract)

  • Paul Chazovachii, University of Michigan

"From Diapers to Adhesives: Open-loop Recycling of Post-consumer Sodium Poly(acrylate) via Chemical Modification" (Abstract)

  • Amylynn Chen, California Institute of Technology

"Highly Compliant and Self-healable 3D Architected Polyelectrolyte Complexes via Projection Stereolithography" (Abstract)

  • Daniel Corbin, Colorado State University

"Influences on Deactivation in Organocatalyzed Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization" (Abstract)

  • John Michael Cue, University of Texas at Dallas

"Mechanistic Insight into the Neodymium-catalyzed Polymerization of Dienes and ε-caprolactone" (Abstract)

  • Ajinkya Deshmukh, University of Connecticut

"Design and Synthesis of all Organic Polymer Dielectrics for High Temperature and High Electric Field Application through Molecular Engineering Approach" (Abstract)

  • Alicia Doerr, University of Tennessee Knoxville

"Redox-switchable Catalysts for the Controlled Polymerization of Cyclic Esters" (Abstract)

  • Logan Dugas, University of Southern Mississippi

"Enamine-based Vitrimers through Thiol-ene Photopolymerization" (Abstract)

  • Julia Early, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

"Spontaneous Fragmentation of Block Copolymer Micelles" (Abstract)

  • Huayang Fang, University of Iowa

"Directed Network Structure through Controlled Radical Photopolymerization" (Abstract) (Presentation)

  • Jessica Faubel, Georgia Institute of Technology

"Tailorable, Ultra-thick Hyaluronan Polymer Brushes: A Novel Class of Interfaces" (Abstract)

  • Hannah Feinberg, Furman University

"Surface Modification of Titanium Implants for Improved Tendon Adhesion" (Abstract) (Presentation)

  • Hayden Fowler, University of Colorado Boulder

"Programmable Electromechanical Deformation of Liquid Crystal Elastomers" (Abstract)

  • Shailja Goyal, Iowa State University

"High-temperature Performance Cyanate Ester Composites with Carboranes" (Abstract)

  • Shawn Gregory, Georgia Institute of Technology

"Quantifying Charge Carrier Localization and Charge Transport Properties in Chemically Doped Semiconducting Polymers" (Abstract)

  • Jun Guan, University of Michigan

"Unconventional Conjugation via VinylMeSi(O-)2 Siloxane Bridges may Imbue Semiconducting Properties in Double-decker and Ladder Silsesquioxane Copolymers" (Abstract)

  • Varun Kelkar, Arizonia State University

"Robust Laboratory Procedures for the Determination of Microplastics and Nanoplastics in Tissues of Humans and Animals" (Abstract)

  • Thomas Kolibaba, Texas A&M University

"Self-extinguishing Additive Manufacturing Filament from a Unique Combination of Polylactic Acid and a Polyelectrolyte Complex" (Abstract)

  • Anna Marie LaChance, University of Connecticut

"Graphene Oxide-montmorillonite Nanocomposite Films with Exceptional Barrier Properties from Scalable, Onestep Coassembly" (Abstract)

  • Jacob LaNasa, Pennsylvania State University

"Development of Advanced Hybrid Polymer/Inorganic Nanoparticles using Surface-initiated Ring-opening Metathesis Polymerization" (Abstract)

  • Hongxu Liu, University of Massachusetts Amherst

"Multicomponent Polymerization for the Synthesis of Degradable Polymers with a Thermal-activated Dynamic Covalent Behavior" (Abstract)

  • Shawn Maguire, University of Pennsylvania

"Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Polymer Grafted Nanoparticle Composites" (Abstract)

  • Molly McFadden, California Institute of Technology

"Generation of an Usually Stable Merocyanine via a Unique Mechanochemical Reaction Pathway" (Abstract)

  • Stuart Montgomery, Georgia Institute of Technology

"Multiphysics Modeling and Machine Learning to Determine Light Irradiation Pattern in Grayscale Digital Light Processing (DLP) 3D Printing" (Abstract)

  • Laura Murdock, University of South Carolina

"Advances in Polybenzimidazole (PBI) Polymerization Techniques and Application in High-temperature Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells (HT-PEMFCs)" (Abstract)

  • Jason O'Neill, University of Akron

"Multidimensional Mass Spectrometry of Multicomponent Nonionic Surfactant Blends" (Abstract)

  • Ashray Parameswar, University of Colorado Boulder

"Mechanochemical Generation of Redox Species in Polyacrylamide Hydrogels due to Osmotic Swelling" (Abstract)

  • Dillon Presto, University of Akron

"Unraveling Mechanisms of Filler Reinforcement with in-situ X-ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy" (Abstract)

  • Peiyuan Qu, New York University

"Photo-responsive Polymeric Nanoreactors for Compartmentalization and Photo-regulation of Incompatible Tandem Catalysis" (Abstract)

  • Jeromy Rech, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Rational Design of Conjugated Triazole-based Polymers for Organic Solar Cells based on Structure-property Relationships" (Abstract)

  • Buddhima Rupasinghe, Bowling Green State University

"Full Circle Recycling of Polysiloxanes via Room Temperature Fluoride Catalyzed Depolymerization to Repolymerizable Cyclics" (Abstract) (Presentation)

  • Azin Sadat, University of Guelph

"Gluten and Zein Interactions: A Vibrational and Fluorescence Spectroscopy Study" (Abstract)

  • Jeffrey Self, University of California, Santa Barbara

"Dynamic Bottlebrush Polymer Networks: Self-healing in Supersoft Networks" (Abstract)

  • Chengtian Shen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Structure-property-relationships of Network Ionic Polymer Electrolytes and their Applications to Electrochemical Devices" (Abstract)

  • Minjie Shen, University of Houston

"Exploring Degradation as a Viable End-of-life Process for Thermoset Polymers" (Abstract)

  • Xutao Shi, University of Delaware

"Design of PLGA-based Drug Delivery Systems through a Molar Mass-dependent Sustained Release Model" (Abstract)

  • Ronald Smith, Georgia Institute of Technology

"Degradable Polymers from Thionolactone Radical Ring-opening Copolymerization" (Abstract)

  • Sanjuna Stalin, Cornell University

"Designing Functional Polymeric Electrode/electrolyte Interphases for High Energy Density Lithium Metal Batteries" (Abstract)

  • Duyen Tran, University of Washington

"Understanding the Molecular Weight Dependence of Photophysics, Charge Transport, Morphology, and Performance of all-polymer Solar Cells" (Abstract)

  • Rachel Tritt, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Photoredox Mediated Cross Metathesis for Molecular Weight Control in Ring-opening Metathesis Polymerization" (Abstract)

  • Brendan Turner, UNC/NSCU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering

"POMaC-based Circuit Board with Biocompatible, biodegradable, and Elastomeric Properties" (Abstract)

  • Samiksha Vaidya, University of Connecticut

"Investigating the Stimuli-responsive and Morphological Properties of Dye Incorporated Liquid Crystalline Polymers within Unique Polymeric Templates" (Abstract)

  • Siyang Wang, Clemson University

"Self-healable Fluorinated Copolymers Governed by Dipolar Interactions" (Abstract)

  • Cody Weyhrich, Arizonia State University

"Design of Functionalized Polyarylene Ether Sulfones for Stereolithographic Printing" (Abstract)

  • You-Chi Wu, Massachusetts Instittute of Technology

"Functional Materials from Living Ring-opening Polymerizations" (Abstract)

  • Weiheng Xu, Arizonia State University

"Nanoscale Patterning of Carbon Nanotubes in Polyacrylonitrile Fibers" (Abstract) (Presentation)

  • Tianwei Yan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Novel Strategies for Constructing Polyolefin-containing Block Copolymers" (Abstract)

  • Hui Wen Yong, McGill University

"Carbon Dioxide Responsive Miktoarm Polymer based Soft Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery" (Abstract)

  • Dongyang Zhu, Rice University

"Novel Synthesis, Activation, and Transformation Strategies for the Preparation of Covalent Organic Framework Powder, Foams, and Films" (Abstract)

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The Chemistry of Innovations

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Career Panel

Tuesday, April 13th, 4:05 – 4:55 p.m PST

  • Semra Colak Atan, PhD 3M  (Advanced Research Specialist, 3M Corporate Research Materials Laboratories)

  • Hayley Brown, PhD DOW  (Research Scientist, P&SP HPC Product R&D)

  • Bailey Risteen, PhD BASF (Global Product Marketing Manager - Pharma Solutions)

  • Brad Lokitz, PhD ORNL (User Program Director & R&D Staff Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences)

  • Yoan Simon, PhD University of Southern Mississippi (Southern Society for Coatings Technology Assistant Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering)

Career Panel
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