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POLY 2020 Spring

Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research

Due to the unfolding situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), ACS made the decision to terminate the 2020 Spring ACS National Meeting. POLY continues to strive to provide leading benefits for its members, in doing so, the creation of this website has made it possible to present research in an alternative way.  You can navigate different student submissions below.

Student Submissions

  • Amal Abdulrahman, Clark Atlanta University

"Exploring Hydrothermal and Chemical Synthesis for Novel High Performance Linear and Hyperbranched Conjugated Perylene Polyimides and their Nanocomposites Preparation" (Abstract)

  • Dylan Anstine, University of Florida

"Screening Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity: Membrane Performance Predictions for Diverse Organic Species" (Abstract)

  • Eric Bailey, University of Pennsylvania

"Dynamics in Polymer Nanocomposite Melts with Small, Attractive Nanoparticles" (Poster)

  • Dylan Barbar, University of Massachusetts

"Mesoscale Materials Design for Bioinspired Architectures" (Abstract)

  • Reuben Bosire, University of Connecticut

"Lyotropic Chromonic Liquid Crystalline Macromolecules Derived from Small Molecules as Functional Materials in Opto-Electronic Applications" (Abstract) and (Poster)

  • Eugene Caldona, Mississippi State University

"Anti-Corrosion Properties of Semi-Fluorinated Perfluorocyclobutyl Polymer Coatings" (Presentation)

  • Robert Centore, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

"Self-Assembly Assisted Kinetically Controlled Papain Catalyzed Formation of
mPEG-b-Phe(Leu)x" (Abstract)

  • Tamuka Chidanguro, The University of Southern Mississippi

"Shape-Transformation of Crosslinkable Glassy Polymersomes from Amphiphilic ABA Triblock Copolymers" (Abstract) and (Presentation)

  • Hannah Dedmon, North Carolina State University

"Investigating Antiplasticization of Linear Chain Aliphatic High Performance
Polymers" (Abstract)

  • Abhishek Dhyani, University of Michigan

"Low Interfacial Toughness (LIT) Materials for Effective Large-Scale Deicing" (Poster) and (Presentation)

  • Austin Evans, Northwestern University

"Synthesis of Single-Crystal Two-Dimensional Covalent Organic Frameworks" (Abstract)

  • Vivian Feig, Stanford University

"Design and Patterning of Stretchable Conductors with Tissue-Like Mechanical Properties for Long-Term Bio-Electronic Interfaces" (Presentation)​

  • Alfred Fung, Australian National University

"Exploring the Frontiers of Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization Catalysts" (Poster)

  • Prabhath Gamage, The University of Texas at Dallas

"Incorporation of Pyrrole Fused Ring Systems in Donor-Acceptor Conjugated Polymers for Organic Electronics" (Poster)

  • Jitendra Gurjar, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

"SuFEx Click Chemistry: Catalytic Synthesis of High Molecular Weight Polysulfates" (Poster)

  • Nicholas Hampu, University of Minnesota

"Scalable Fabrication of Highly Selective Membranes from Disordered Block Polymers" (Presentation)

  • Amber Hancock, University of Dayton

"A Comparison of the Degradation of Mold and Mold-Like Fungi on Defined Synthetic Thermoset Polyadipate Polyurethane Coatings" (Presentation)

  • Justin Harris, University of Michigan

"Designing Cellulose-Based Hydrogels for Water Purification" (Presentation)

  • Sara Heedy, University of California Irvine

"Nanospectroscopic Imaging of Chemical Group Orientation in Polymer

  • Will Henderson, University of Florida

"Structure-Property Studies of Self-Assembling [n.n]Paracyclophanes" (Abstract) and (Presentation)

  • Joseph Jaye, University of California Los Angeles

"Preparation and Post-Polymerization Modification of Iodo-ene and Iodo-yne

  • Haley Jones, Clemson University

"Radioluminescent Collodial Crystalline Arrays" (Abstract)

  • M.H. Jayan Karunarathna, Bowling Green State University

"Iron (lll)-Carboxylate Photochemistry in Polysaccharide Hydrogels for a Green Chemistry Approach to Nutrient Recycling" (Poster)

  • Brian Khau, Georgia Institute of Technology

"Carboxylic-Acid Functionalization Yields Solvent-Resistant Electrochemical

  • Shadi Kordbacheh, University of California Los Angeles

"Optimal Band-Width Antimicrobial Peptides" (Abstract)

  • Susan Kozawa, Case Western Reserve University

"Unusual Hyperpolarization Observations in Polyacrylate Gels with Monovalent Salts" (Abstract) and (Presentation)

  • An Le, Yale University

"Architecture-Enabled Control of Polymer Properties and Self-Assembly in Janus and Ternary Graft Block Copolymers" (Abstract)​​ and (Presentation)

  • Daniel Lee, University of Washington

"Synthesizing a Water-Soluble π-Conjugated Polyelectrolyte from a Hydrophobic
Insulating Precursor Polymer Under Mild Conditions and in High Yield"

  • Jaeho Lee, Seoul National University

"Precision Synthesis of Poly(3-alkylthiophene)s by Suzuki-Miyaura Catalyst-Transfer Polycondensation Using RuPhos Pd Precatalyst and MIDA Boronate" (Presentation)

  • Huina Lin, Rutgers University-Newark

"Changing up BN-Styrenes: Effect of Substitution Pattern on the Free Radical Polymerization and Polymer Properties" (Abstract) and (Poster)

  • Anna Luke, University of Minnesota

"Catalyst Structural Effects on the Ring-Opening Transesterification Polymerization of Cyclic Esters" (Presentation)

  • Neha Manohar, University of Pennsylvania

"Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Solvated Polymer Infiltration into Confinement" (Abstract)

  • Douglas Montjoy, University of Michigan

"Stimuli-Responsive Spiky Tendril Particles" (Abstract)

  • Amal Narayanan, The University of Akron

"Bioinspired Tricks and Consequences in Adhering Underwater: From Hydrophobicity to Non-Ionic Coacervation" (Abstract)

"Mimicking Nature's Strategy for Creating Strong Underwater Adhesives" (Presentation)

  • Kathryn O'Harra, The University of Alabama

"Investigation of High Performance Ionenes and Ionic Composites for Gas Separations" (Presentation)

  • Justin Paloni, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Use of Coiled-Coil Domains to Direct the Self-Assembly of Protein-Polymer

  • Bijal Patel, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

"Directing Non-Equilibrium Assembly of Bottle Brush Block Copolymers during
Additive Manufacturing"

  • Lisa Savagian, Georgia Institute of Technology

"Structural Design and Characterization Paradigms for Aqueous-Compatible
Electroactive Polymers"

  • Liyang Shen, Iowa State University

"All-Polymer-Based Anti-Aging, Lightweight Block Copolymer Modified Polysiloxane Composites" (Poster)

  • Nairiti Sinha, University of Delaware

"Exotic Polymers of Computationally Designed Peptide Bundlemers Constructed
via a New Hybrid Physical-Covalent Assembly Pathway"

  • Yue Song, Texas A&M University

"Theoretical and Experimental Investigation of the Involvement of Side Chain
Functionalities in the Mediation of Regioselectivity during Triazabicyclodecene
(TBD)-Catalyzed Ring-Opening Polymerization of Functional Glucose Carbonates" 

  • Rui Sun, Texas A&M University

"Sulfonated Poly(ionic liquid) Block Copolymers" (Abstract)

  • Spyridon Varlas, University of Birmingham

"Tuning the Membrane Permeability of Polymersome Nanoreactors Developed by Aqueous Emulsion Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly" (Abstract)​ and (Presentation)

  • Haonan Wang, University of Pennsylvania

"Thermal Degradation of Polystyrene Under Extreme Nanoconfinement" (Poster)

  • Andrea Westlie, Colorado State University

"Catalyzed Chemical Synthesis of Uncommon or Unnatural poly(hydroxyalkanoate)s" (Abstract)

  • Jill Williamson, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

"C-H Functionalization of Commodity Polyolefins" (Presentation)

  • Emily Wilts, Virginia Tech

"Additive Manufacturing of Personalized Medicine: Comparison of Linear, 4-Arm
Star, and Graft Poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) as Polymeric Binders for Binder Jetting"

  • Caitlyn Wolf, University of Washington

"Assessment of Molecular Dynamics Force Fields for Conjugated Polymers using
Neutron and X-Ray Scattering"

  • Mo Yang, Florida State University

"Relaxation Times in Polyelectrolyte Complexes and the "Sticky" Association Theory" (Poster)

  • Daryl Yee, California Institute of Technology

"Additive Manufacturing of Functional Materials via Photopolymer Complex Synthesis" (Abstract)

  • Qi Zhang, East China University of Science and Technology

"Versatile Dynamic Polymer from Thioctic Acid" (Presentation)

"Easy-To-Make Multi-Function Supramolecular Polymers Enabled by a Naturally Tailored Small Molecule" (Poster)

  • Tianqi Zhang, Georgia Institute of Technology

"The Application of Functional Enyne Reagents in Metathesis Polymerization" (Presentation)

  • Luyao Zheng, University of Akron

"Radical Polymers as Interfacial Layers in Inverted Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cells" (Abstract)

  • Tianyu Zhu, University of South Carolina

"Redox-and Alkaline-Stable Metallo-Polyelectrolytes for Energy Storage Applications" (Presentation)



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