POLY 2021 Spring

Undergraduate Research in Polymer Science

View student submissions from the Undergraduate Research in Polymer Science Symposium below.


Student Submissions

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Polymer Innovation for a Sustainable Future

  • Patrick Aghadiuno, Rice University

"Synthesis and Characterization of Glycodendrimersomes for Bioimaging Applications" (Abstract)

  • Zachary Ahmad, University of Southern Mississippi

"Compatible Conjugated Blends: Impact on the Morphology and Mechanics of Flexible Electronics" (Abstract)

  • Alice Amitrano, University of Delaware

"Molecular Docking Simulations to Assess the Estrogenic Activity of Lignin-Derivable Bisphenol A Alternatives and their Polymerization via Additive Manufacturing" (Abstract)

  • Greg Bisbjerg, California Polytechnic State University

"Influencing Polymer Solubility with Thermally-responsive diels-alder Monomers" (Abstract)

  • Alexis Hocken, Arizona State University

"Photocurable Nanocomposites for the Use of Synthetic Cartilage Replacements" (Abstract)

  • Clayton Keene, University of Florida

"Simulation-informed Rational Design of 1D Photonic Crystals" (Abstract)

  • Erich Loewer, Louisiana College

"Ambient Reactive Extrusion-additive Manufacturing of Thermoplastic Polyurethanes" (Abstract)

  • Rebecca Meacham, Clarkson University

"Stress Relaxation through Dynamic Covalent Exchange in Polyanhydrides" (Abstract)

  • Anna Peterson, Dickinson College

"Predicting the Bandgap of Donor-acceptor Conjugated Polymers" (Abstract)

  • Anne Rolsma, Clarkson University

"Reactivity Ratios of RAFT Polymerization of Tert-butyl Acrylate and a Thiolactone-functionalized Acrylamide" (Abstract)

  • Antonio Saporito, Cornell University

"Electrohydrodynamic Encapsulation of Curcumin-cyclodextrin Inclusion Complexes in Chitosan/Pectin Nanofibrous Webs" (Abstract)

  • Sorfina Suzali, University of Wisconsin System

"Using ARGET ATRP to Synthesize Block Copolymers containing PDMAEMA and Characterizing Smart Properties using DLS and UV-Vis" (Abstract)

  • Deniz Tekant, Cornell University

"Development of Resveratrol/Cyclodextrin Inclusion Complex Nanofibrous Webs for Fast-dissolving Dietary Supplement" (Abstract)

  • Alexander Thome, Murray State University

"Effect of Precise Control of Crosslink Density on the Thermal, Mechanical and Conductive Properties of Crosslinked Ionene Networks" (Abstract)

  • Christina Thompson, Air Force Research Laboratory

"Preceramic hairy nanoparticles: Investigating monomer variations of polycarbosilane-grafted nanoparticles" (Abstract)


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)

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