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POLY 2022 Spring
Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research

Presented at the Spring 2022 National ACS Hybrid Meeting, March 21 and 22, 2022

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

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

  • ​William Archer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

"Elucidating the Connection between Rare-Earth-Element Chelation Thermodynamics and Polymer Structure"​ (Abstract)

  • Jiehao Chen, Georgia Institute of Technology

"Photo-Responsive Hydrogel with a Coupled Chemo-Mechano-Electro Response for Rewritable Shape-Morphing and Phototunable Circuitry" (Abstract)

  • Evan Culver, North Dakota State University

"Optimization of Direct Arylation Polymerization for the Synthesis of Low Bandgap Thieno[3,4-b]pyrazine-Acceptor Copolymers" (Abstract)

  • Rishad J. Dalal, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

"Comparison of Cationic Bottlebrush Polymers for Nucleic Acid Delivery"


  • Alexandra Easley, Texas A&M University

"Electron Transport in Redox-active Polypeptides" (Abstract)

  • Luke Galuska, University of Southern Mississippi

"Illuminating the Rigid Amorphous Fraction of Semiconducting Polymers, and its Pivotal Influence on Optoelectronic Performance" (Abstract)

  • Panagiotis Georgiou, University of Warwick

"Ice Recrystallization Inhibiting Polymer Nanoparticles via Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly (PISA)" (Abstract)

  • Sean Gitter, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Approaches to Stereocontrol in Metal Free Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization" (Abstract)

  • Miguel Gonzalez, Georgia Institute of Technology

"Impact of Interfacial Chemistry on Electrochemical Performance of Composite Magnetite Electrodes" (Abstract)

  • Lorena Grundy, University of California Berkeley

"Measurement of Salt Concentration and Morphology Gradients in Block Copolymer Electrolytes using in situ Small-Angle X-Ray Scattering" (Abstract)

  • Paul Hurst, University of California, Irvine

"Gaining Independent Control over Molecular Structure and Morphology with Ring Opening Polymerization-Induced Crystallization-Driven Self-Assembly" (Abstract)

  • Sayli Jambhulkar, Arizona State University

"Aligned Micropatterning of Ti3C2Tx MXene on Polymer Pattern via Hybrid Additive Manufacturing" (Abstract) (Presentation)

  • Catherine Kasse, Stanford University

"Designing Supramolecular Hydrogels for Long-Term Subcutaneous Antibody Delivery" (Abstract)

  • Joanna Korpanty, Northwestern University

"Stimuli-Responsive Polymeric Nanomaterials via Liquid-Cell Transmission Electron Microscopy" (Abstract)

  • Jae Sang Lee, Arizona State University

"Thermomechanical Properties of Poly(ethylene glycol)-based Segmented Ionenes with two structurally different hard segments" (Abstract)

  • Ruiqi Liang, Yale University

"Design and Synthesis of Mixed-Graft Block Copolymers for the Next Generation Multifunctional Materials" (Abstract)

  • Shuang Liang, Georgia Institute of Technology

"Monodisperse Polymer-Ligated Nanocrystals: from Synthesis to Dimension-dependent Physical Properties" (Abstract)

  • Boer Liu, Arizona State University

"Quadruple Hydrogen Bond-Containing A-AB-A Triblock Copolymers: Probing the Influence of Hydrogen Bonding in the Central Block" (Abstract)

  • Stephanie Marxsen, Florida State University

"Effect of Content and Polarity on the Crystallization of Long-Spaced Aliphatic Polymers with Polar Functional Groups" (Abstract)

  • Katherine Mizrahi Rodriguez, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Sorption and permeation of H2S, CO2, CH4, and N2 in amine-functionalized microporous polymers" (Abstract)

  • Andreas Mueller, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

"Dictating Particle Packing Symmetry in Diblock/Core-Homopolymer Blends with Homopolymer Length" (Abstract)

  • Robert O'Dea, University of Delaware

"Intensified Reductive Catalytic Deconstruction of Lignin: A Low-Pressure Process for High-Value Bioproducts" (Abstract)

  • Xuelin Sui, Georgia Institute of Technology

"Synthesis of Degradable Polymers via Metathesis Reaction of Ruthenium Fischer Carbenes" (Abstract)

  • Jian Sun, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Synthesis of High Etch Contrast Poly(3-Hydroxystyrene)-Based Triblock Copolymers for Sub-5 nm Features" (Abstract)

  • R. Bharath Venkatesh, University of Pennsylvania

"Dynamics and Thermodynamics of Polymer in Nanoparticle Packings Under Varying Humidity Conditions" (Abstract)

  • Hanghang Wang, University of Texas at Dallas

"Self-Assembly Behavior of Functional Polycaprolactoness" (Abstract)

  • Wencong Wang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Explorations of Discrete Polymer Platforms for Evaluating the Structure-Property Relationship of Polymer-Protein Conjugates" (Abstract)

  • Yu Zheng, Stanford University

"Molecular Design Approach Towards Elastic and Multifunctional Polymer Electronics" (Abstract)

Oral Presenations

Oral Presentations

Supported by


The Chemistry of Innovations

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Special Recogniton

Sponsored by

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Cosponsored by


Special Recognition

Sayli Jambhulkar, Arizona State University

Joanna Korpanty, Northwestern University

Katherine Mizrahi Rodriguez, Massachusetts

Institute of Technology

Boer Liu, Arizona State University

Poster Presentations

Poster Presentations

  • Sangeet Adhikari, Arizona State University
     "Determination of Microplastics and Nanoplastics in Tissues of Human and Animals using Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry" (Abstract)

  • Mohammed Almtiri, Mississippi State University

"Processable and Electrochemically Stable Polyaniline Derivatives: Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications" (Abstract) (Presentation)

  • Prerana Carter, Iowa State University

"A Bio-Enabled Platform to Access Polyamides with Built-in Target Properties" (Abstract)

  • Tanner Grover, University of Iowa

"Controlling Oligomer Structure to Direct Photopolymer Network Morphology" (Abstract)

  • Carina Haddad, Bowling Green State University

"Vanadium Chemistry for Improving Mechanical Properties and Stability in Polysaccharide-based Materials" (Abstract)

  • Sumeng Hu, Northwestern University

"Effects of Attractive Interfacial Interactions on Local, Nanoscale Stiffness of Supported Copolymer Adhesive Films" (Abstract)

  • Yiming Hu, University of Colorado Boulder

"Well-defined 2D and 3D Polymer Architecture based on Tetraborate Linkage" (Abstract)

  • Soon-Hyeok Hwan, Seoul National University

"Powerful Direct C–H Amidation Polymerization to give Single-Fluorophore-based White-Light-Emitting Polysulfonamides by Fine-Tuning Hydrogen-Bond" (Abstract)

  • Timothy Jugovic, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

"Tailoring Polymer Adhesives to Specific Surfaces: the Future of Microplastic Remediation" (Abstract)

  • Anas Karuth, North Dakota State University

"Machine Learning Potential for Predicting the Properties and Simulating the Degradation Behavior in Polymeric Materials" (Abstract)

  • Taylor Larison, University of South Carolina

"Tunable Phosphonic Acid Content of Block Polymer Micelles While Maintaining Constant Core Size" (Abstract)

  • Nathan Richbourg, University of Texas at Austin

"Structural Control and High-throughput FRAP Analysis of Solute Diffusion in Hydrogels" (Abstract)

  • Devavrat Sathe, University of Akron

"Chemically Recyclable Polymers Based on Olefin Metathesis" (Abstract)

  • Kapil Dev Sayala, Southern Methodist University

"Hypervalent Iodine(III) Compounds in the Synthesis of Branched and Functionalized Polymers" (Abstract)

  • Grant Sheridan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Synthesis of Highly Crosslinked Poly(butyl acrylate) Networks to Study the Effect of Mesh Size, Tg, and Segmental Dynamics on Probe Diffusion" (Abstract)

  • Katherine Stawiasz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Photoredox-Initiated Frontal Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization" (Abstract)

  • Yuyan Wang, Northeastern University

"Novel Phosphodiester-backboned Bottlebrush Polymers for Improved Aptamer Activity in Vivo" (Abstract)

  • Kayla Williams-Pavlantos, Akron University

"Application of Ion Mobility and Tandem Mass Spectrometry for the Elucidation of Thiolyne-Comb Polymer Architectures" (Abstract)

  • Yang Zhou, Virginia Polytechnic Institute

"Regioselective Conjugation of Polysaccharides and Amino Acid Esters" (Abstract)

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