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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
College of Science and Engineering
Department of Chemistry

PI: Marc A. Hillmyer

Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of New Polymeric Materials

This group focuses on the design, synthesis, and characterization of new polymeric materials. In addition to the development of specific structure-property relationships in these novel materials, they are also striving to discover new and technologically important applications. They emphasize the use of modern polymer synthesis techniques that include a variety of controlled polymerizations and selective polymer modifications. The ultimate goal is to combine contemporary polymer synthesis with detailed molecular, morphological, and property characterizations in an effort to expand fundamental scientific knowledge and to develop advanced technologies. Specific project areas in the group include development of robust, nanoporous materials, synthesis of novel renewable resource polymers, enhancement of the properties of polylactide, synthesis of conducting polymers, and fundamental study of complex structure-property relationships.

Group Members

Mark A. Amendt, Graduate Student
Elizabeth A. Jackson, Graduate Student
Chun Liu, Graduate Student
Matthew A. Petersen, Graduate Student
Louis M. Pitet, Graduate Student
Megan L. Robertson, Research Associate
Minoru Soma, Research Associate
Joshua C. Speros, Graduate Student
Rajiv R. Taribagil, Graduate Student
Grayce C. Theryo, Graduate Student
Ligeng Yin, Graduate Student
Can Zhou, Graduate Student