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Abraham J. Domb is a Professor for Medicinal Chemistry and Biopolymers at the School of Pharmacy- Faculty of Medicine of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He earned Bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry, Pharmaceutics and Law studies and PhD degree in Chemistry from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He did his postdoctoral training at MIT and Harvard Univ. Cambridge USA and was R&D manager at Nova Pharm. Co. Baltimore US during 1988-1991. Since 1991 he is a faculty member at the Hebrew university, full Prof. since 1999. During 2007-2012 he headed the Division of Forensic Science at the Israel Police. During 2014 -2016 he served as President of the Jerusalem College of Engineering (JCE). Since 10. 2018 he is the Head of the School of Pharmacy of the Hebrew University. His current areas of interest include: biopolymers, functional polymers, drug delivery systems, biometric systems and forensic sciences.

Dr. Dove graduated from the University of York with an MChem degree in 1999. His subsequent Ph.D. studies were conducted under the supervision of Professor Vernon C. Gibson FRS at Imperial College, London, and focused on metal catalysed co-ordination insertion polymerization. Andrew undertook post-doctoral research first under the guidance of Professor Robert M. Waymouth at Stanford University, California and then as a CIPMA post-doctoral fellow at IBM, San Jose, California under the supervision of Dr James L. Hedrick and Professor Robert M. Waymouth.

Andrew returned to the UK to take up an RCUK Fellowship in Nanotechnology in September 2005 before being appointed as an Assistant Professor in September 2006 and subsequently as an Associate Professor in September 2009 before being appointed as a Professor in June 2014. In September 2017, Andrew joined the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham as Professor of Chemistry.

Dove Laboratory

Dr. Grubbs research group investigates questions that loiter about the common ground shared by polymer, organic, and materials chemistry. With guidance from physics, theory, and engineering, we design, synthesize and characterize organic materials with a focus on polymer-based materials. Whenever possible, we try to work with systems capable of assembling into aggregates with a greater degree of structure. Such assemblies, many inspired by biological systems, can exhibit novel properties with applications in materials for medical and energy applications.

Controlled free radical, organometallic, organocatalytic, anionic, and cationic polymerization methods, either alone or in combination with one another, can provide access to many possible polymeric structures, and many techniques of organic chemistry are applicable to the modification of these polymers for the preparation of an even larger variety of materials. We use these techniques to realize specifically designed polymeric architectures. Synthesis of these materials is the major focus of the research program, and students will gain experience in many synthetic techniques. A number of techniques for characterization of new materials by established methods (i.e., small-angle scattering, electron microscopy, etc.) at both the molecular level and at longer length scales are also used.

Representative research projects being undertaken are outlined below. We typically use living or controlled polymerization techniques in combination with initiator and/or monomer synthesis for the creation of novel polymers that should exhibit interesting self-assembly behavior in solution and in bulk.

  • Stimulus-Induced Morphological Transformation of Ternary Copolymer Micelles
  • Incorporation of Metallic Nanoparticles into Polymeric Matrices
  • Conjugated Molecules and Polymers for Electronic Applications

Grubbs Laboratory

Dr. Irvine obtained an Honors Bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Pittsburgh. As a National Science Foundation graduate fellow he then studied Polymer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Following completion of his Ph.D., he was a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell postdoctoral fellow in immunology at the Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine. He is presently a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is an Associate Director for the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT and serves on the steering committee of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard.

The Irvine Lab

Eugenia Kharlampieva is an Associate Professor of Polymer Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She received her Ph.D. in Polymer Science from the Stevens Institute of Technology and postdoctoral training in Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research centers at the intersection of polymer chemistry, nanotechnology, and biomedical science to develop new materials for therapeutic applications. Dr. Kharlampieva received the NSF CAREER Award, the UAB Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentorship, UAB College of Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Innovation Award, and was named as an Emerging Investigator by the Royal Society of Chemistry, Journal of Materials Chemistry B.

Kharlampieva Research Group

Dr. Mikos is the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University. He is the Director of the National Institutes of Health Center for Engineering Complex Tissues, the Director of the Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering, and the Director of the J.W. Cox Laboratory for Biomedical Engineering at Rice University. He received his Dipl.Eng. (1983) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and his Ph.D. (1988) in chemical engineering from Purdue University. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Harvard Medical School before joining the Rice Faculty in 1992 as an assistant professor.

Mikos's research focuses on the synthesis, processing, and evaluation of new biomaterials for use as scaffolds for tissue engineering, as carriers for controlled drug delivery, as non-viral vectors for gene therapy, and as platforms for modeling disease. His work has led to the development of novel orthopaedic, dental, cardiovascular, neurologic, and ophthalmologic biomaterials. He is the author of over 580 publications and 29 patents. He is the editor of 15 books and the author of one textbook (Biomaterials: The Intersection of Biology and Materials Science, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008). Mikos is among the top one percent most cited researchers in his field. He has been cited over 68,000 times and has an h-index of 137.

Mikos is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Member of the National Academy of Medicine, a Member of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, a Member of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas, and a Member of the Academy of Athens. He is a Founding Fellow of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, a Fellow of the Controlled Release Society, a Fellow of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering, and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Mikos has been recognized by various awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society-Americas, the Founders Award and the Clemson Award for Contributions to the Literature of the Society For Biomaterials, the Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lecturer Award and the Shu Chien Achievement Award of the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal, the Excellence in Surface Science Award of the Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation, the Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research and the James E. Bailey Award in Biological Engineering of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Meriam/Wiley Distinguished Author Award of the American Society for Engineering Education, the Edith and Peter O'Donnell Award in Engineering of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas, the Marshall R. Urist Award for Excellence in Tissue Regeneration Research of the Orthopaedic Research Society, the Distinguished Scientist Award - Isaac Schour Memorial Award of the International Association for Dental Research, and the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award of Purdue University.

Mikos has mentored 67 graduate students on their way to completing their doctoral studies, as well as 39 postdoctoral fellows, 22 of whom remain in academia at institutions including Chung-Ang University, Georgia Tech, Hanyang University, Mayo Clinic, Tulane University, University of Maryland, University of New Mexico, University of Oklahoma, the University of Texas at Austin, and Virginia Tech among others. He has given over 730 presentations in national and international meetings and over 200 invited seminars at universities and companies. He is an organizer of the continuing education course Advances in Tissue Engineering offered annually at Rice University since 1993.

Mikos is a founding editor and editor-in-chief of the journals Tissue Engineering Part A, Tissue Engineering Part B: Reviews, and Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods and a member of the editorial boards of the journals Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, Cell Transplantation, Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research (Part A and B), and Journal of Controlled Release. He is Past-President of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society-Americas and the Society For Biomaterials.

Mikos Research Group

Prof. Mitragotri has made groundbreaking contributions to the field of biological barriers and drug delivery. His research has advanced fundamental understanding of biological barriers and has led to the development of new materials as well as technologies for diagnosis and treatment of various ailments including diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, skin conditions and infections, among others. Many of his technologies have advanced to human clinical studies and products. At the same time, fundamental understanding developed through his research has advanced the understanding of the biology of barriers in the human body.

Mitragotri has published over 230 research publications, has given over 500 presentations worldwide, and is an inventor on over 160 patents/applications. His publications are cited with an h-index of 88. Mitragotri is a member of U.S. National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Medicine, and National Academy of Inventors. He is a co-founder of several companies that are developing products based on his inventions. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at MIT and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology. Mitragotri serves on the editorial boards of several journals and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Bioengineering and Translational Medicine.

The Mitragotri Laboratory for Drug Delivery

Professor Olsen earned his S.B. in Course 10 (Chemical Engineering) from MIT in June 2003. His undergraduate research with Prof. Karen Gleason focused on understanding the polymerization kinetics of initiated chemical vapor deposition reactions to produce fluorocarbon and organosiloxane polymer coatings for biopassivation and hydrophobic surfaces. He also performed research in analytical food chemistry at General Mills, pressure sensitive adhesives for waterproofing membranes at W.R. Grace, and reactive extrusion and green process development for polymer foam insulation at Dow. He was recognized with the Alpha Chi Sigma award and a Goldwater Scholarship for his undergraduate achievements.

Prof. Olsen moved to Berkeley for his graduate work, where he earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in December 2007. He was a Hertz Fellow, a Tau Beta Pi Fellow, and the first student of Prof. Rachel Segalman. His research developed the first universal phase diagram for rod-coil block copolymers, an emerging category of polymers with importance for producing self-assembled nanomateirals in biotechnology and organic electronics. In addition, he addressed several issues in rod crystallization within nanostructures, thin film self-assembly of rod-coil systems, and surface reconstruction in polymer films. His research was recognized as a Padden award finalist at the American Physical Society March meeting in 2008.

After finishing his Ph.D., Prof. Olsen was an NIH and Beckman Insitute Postdoctoral Fellow with Profs. David Tirrell, Julia Kornfield, and Zhen-Gang Wang at Caltech. He applied protein biosynthesis to the design of physically associating telechelic protein hydrogels which were applied as injectable biomaterials. Joint theoretical and experimental investigations were used to gain insight into the properties and design rules governing these systems.

Olsen's interest in polymer science has been longstanding, starting with a high school science fair project on conductive dendrimer films. His current research interests are broadly clustered in the areas of soft condensed matter physics and macromolecular physics, including liquid crystals, biomaterials, colloids, and polymers. He is particularly interested in how biosynthesis can be used as a natural green chemistry for the preparation of designer polymeric materials, how controlled polymerization through biology can give us unique materials that provide insight into polymer physics, and the unique physics of self-assembly in complex protein nanostructures for biotechnology and energy applications. When Prof. Olsen is not doing science, he enjoys underwater photography, hiking, and travel.

Olsen Lab

David Oupický is a Parke-Davis Professor of Pharmaceutics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and Changjiang Scholar Professor at China Pharmaceutical University (CPU) in Nanjing. He obtained his MS degree in Polymer Engineering from the University of Chemical Technology in Prague in 1993 and his Ph.D. degree in Macromolecular Chemistry (1999) with Prof. Karel Ulbrich at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. He was a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Len Seymour at the CRC Institute for Cancer Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK from 1999 until 2002, when he became an Assistant Professor and then an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Wayne State University, Detroit. After 10 years as a faculty at Wayne State University in Detroit, he joined UNMC. His research interests include synthesis of novel polymers and development of drug and nucleic acid delivery systems.

The Oupicky Lab

Energy and Electronics

Rigoberto Advincula is Professor at the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.  He is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Fellow of the Polymer Science and Engineering Division (ACS), Fellow of the Polymer Chemistry Division (ACS). He received the distinguished Herman Mark Scholar Award in 2013. He recently has been appointed to the World Economic Forum, Advanced Materials Council. He is Editor of MRS Communications and Reactive and Functional Polymers. He has held a number of visiting Professor positions including Waseda University in Japan. His group does research in polymer materials, nanocomposites, colloidal science, 3D printing, hybrid materials, and ultrathin films towards applications from smart coatings to biomedical devices. He is passionate in mentoring students and helping other countries in their STEM programs.

Advincula Research Group

Emily Pentzer is the Frank Hovorka Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. She received a BS in chemistry from Butler University (2005) and PhD in organic chemistry from Northwestern University (2010), where her thesis work focused on metathesis routes for preparing and polymerizing unsaturated medium-sized lactones and lactams under the direction of Professor Sonbinh T. Nguyen. She then worked with Professor Todd Emrick in the Polymer Science and Engineering Department at UMass Amherst where she focused on the synthesis and assembly of electronically active materials for organic photovoltaics as part of a DOE EFRC on Polymer-Based Materials for Harvesting Solar Energy. In 2013, Dr. Pentzer joined the faculty at CWRU in chemistry and received a secondary appointment in Macromolecular Science and Engineering in 2015.

Her research uses organic synthesis to access new materials and assemblies as a route to understand structure-property relationships and access electronic properties not possible with current state-of-the-art systems. Dr. Pentzer has received several awards including the NSF-CAREER award (2016) and PMSE Young Investigator Award (2017). She currently serves as an Associate Editor for the RSC journal Polymer Chemistry as well as the publicity chair for the Polymer Division (POLY) of the American Chemical Society.

The Pentzer Lab

Professor John A. Rogers obtained BA and BS degrees in chemistry and in physics from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1989. From MIT, he received SM degrees in physics and in chemistry in 1992 and the PhD degree in physical chemistry in 1995. From 1995 to 1997, Rogers was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard University Society of Fellows. He joined Bell Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff in the Condensed Matter Physics Research Department in 1997 and served as Director of this department from the end of 2000 to 2002. He then spent thirteen years on the faculty at the University of Illinois, most recently as the Swanlund Chair Professor and Director of the Seitz Materials Research Laboratory. In 2016, he joined Northwestern University as the Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Medicine, with affiliate appointments in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Chemistry, where he is also Director of the newly endowed Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics. He has published more than 600 papers, is a co-inventor on more than 100 patents and he has co-founded several successful technology companies. His research has been recognized by many awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship (2009), the Lemelson-MIT Prize (2011), and the Smithsonian Award for American Ingenuity in the Physical Sciences (2013). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Inventors and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Rogers Research Group/

Dr. Schanze earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Florida State University in 1979 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1983. He was appointed a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1984-1986 and began his independent faculty career at the University of Florida in 1986. Schanze was University Distinguished Professor and Prominski Professor of Chemistry at the University of Florida until 2016. Since 2016 he was appointed the Robert A. Welch Distinguished University Chair at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He was a Senior Editor of the ACS journal Langmuir from 2000 - 2008. Since 2008, Schanze is Editor-in-Chief of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, the ACS journal focused on chemistry and engineering of applications-focused research in materials and interfaces. Schanze has authored or co-authored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles on basic and applied research topics, with a primary focus on organic and organometallic materials chemistry, and is named in more than 20 patents or disclosures. Schanze enjoys running, fitness, travel, home improvement activities, and spending time with family.

The Schanze Research Group

Mihaela C. Stefan received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Politehnica University Bucharest, Romania. She worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Matyjaszewski's group at Carnegie Mellon University from 2002 to 2003. In July 2003 she joined McCullough's group at Carnegie Mellon University to work on the synthesis of block copolymers containing polythiophenes.

She joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2007 and she is currently a Eugene McDermott Professor. She has received a joint appointment in the Bioengineering Department in 2014. She received the NSF Career Award in 2010, the NS&M Outstanding Teacher Award in 2009 and 2017, the Inclusive Teaching Diversity Award in 2012, the President's Teaching Excellence Award in 2014, and the Provost's Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring in 2015. Her research group is developing novel polymeric materials for organic electronics and drug delivery applications.

Stefan Group

Timothy M. Swager is an American Scientist and the John D. MacArthur Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the director of the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. His research is at the interface of chemistry and materials science, with specific interests in carbon nanomaterials, polymers, and liquid crystals. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

A native of Sheridan Montana, Swager earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Montana State University, received a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology working with Robert H. Grubbs, and performed postdoctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under Mark S. Wrighton. He began as an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in 1990 and returned to MIT in 1996 as a Full Professor. Swager is best known for advancing new chemical sensing concepts based on molecular electronic principles. He introduced the concepts of charge and energy transport through molecular and nanowires as a method to create amplified signals to chemical events. These methods gave rise to the sensitive explosive sensors that have been commercialized under the trade name Fido. He demonstrated the integration of molecular recognition into chemiresistive sensors, first with conducting polymers and later with carbon nanotubes, and these methods were commercialized by C2Sense.

Swager also has pioneering contributions to the areas of liquid crystals demonstrating how novel molecular shapes can be used to introduce intermolecular correlations in structures and alignment. In the area of high strength materials, by creating interlocking structures with enhanced ductility and strength. In carbon nanomaterials, he has developed methods for functionalizing and/or dispersing graphenes and carbon nanotubes. Also, he has designed novel radical materials in collaboration with Robert G. Griffin (MIT) for dynamic nuclear polarization to enhance the signal to noise ratio in NMR experiments. A number of these enhancement agents are commercially available from DyNuPol Corp. Swager has published more than 400 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has more than 70 issued patents.

The Swager Group

Peter Trefonas is a corporate fellow (a senior scientist) at The Dow Chemical Company, where he works on the development of electronic materials. He is known for innovations in the chemistry of photolithography, particularly the development of anti-reflective coatings and polymer photoresists that are used to create circuitry for computer chips. This work has supported the patterning of smaller features during the lithographic process, increasing miniaturization and microprocessor speed.

While an undergraduate, Trefonas earned money by writing early computer games for personal computers. These included Worm, the first version of Snake to be written for a personal computer, and a clone of Hustle. Both were based on the Blockade arcade game. Trefonas also wrote a game based on Dungeons and Dragons.

Trefonas studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Robert West, completing a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry in late 1984. Trefonas became interested in electronic materials after working with West and chip makers from IBM to create organosilicon bilayer photoresists. His thesis topic was Synthesis, properties and chemistry of organosilane and organogermane high polymers (1985).

Throughout his career, Trefonas has focused on materials science and the chemistry of photolithography. By understanding the chemistry of photoresists used in lithography, he has been able to develop anti-reflective coatings and polymer photoresists that support finely-tuned etching used in the production of integrated circuits. These materials and techniques make it possible to fit more circuits into a given area. Over time, lithographic technologies have developed to allow lithography to use smaller wavelengths of light. Trefonas has helped to overcome a number of apparent limits to the sizes that are achievable, developing photoresists that are responsive to 436-nm and 365-nm ultraviolet light, and as small as 193 nm deep.

In 2014, Trefonas and others at Dow were named Heroes of Chemistry by the American Chemical Society, for the development of Fast Etch Organic Bottom Antireflective Coatings (BARCs). In 2016, Trefonas was recognized with The SCI Perkin Medal for outstanding contributions to industrial chemistry. In 2018, Trefonas was named as a Fellow of the SPIE for "for achievements in design for manufacturing & compact modeling." Peter Trefonas was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2018 for the "invention of photoresist materials and microlithography methods underpinning multiple generations of microelectronics".


Rafael Verduzco studied at Rice University as an undergraduate, receiving a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 2001. He earned a master's degree in 2003 and doctorate in chemical engineering in 2007 from the California Institute of Technology studying liquid crystal polymer gels. Rafael then went on to a postdoctoral position in the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, where he studied bent-core liquid crystals, water-soluble dendrimers for drug delivery, and conjugated polymeric materials for organic electronics.

The Verduzco laboratory carries out research involving polymers, which are present in a wide variety of materials; these including commercial products as well as proteins and biological materials. The research goal of the Verduzco laboratory is to take advantage of self-assembly in polymeric materials, in particular block copolymers, for a wide range of applications, including organic solar cells, engineering surface properties, and drug encapsulation and delivery. Block copolymers with well-defined molecular structures can be used to control material properties down to the nanoscale. The Verduzco laboratory utilizes advanced polymer synthesis techniques as well as a variety of nanoscale characterization tools, in particular small-angle x-ray scattering which provides structural information in polymer thin films and powders.

In one current are of research, the Verduzco group is developing semiconductive block copolymers for use in polymer based solar cells, which are significantly cheaper and easier to fabricate compared with silicon-based solar cells. Semiconductive block polymers which can self-assemble into nanostructured photovoltaic films can potentially lead to higher power conversion efficiencies as well as quantitative information on the relationship between performance, optoelectronic properties, and structural details.

Verduzco Laboratory

Synthesis and Sustainability

Dr Becker is a Professor of Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering and Material Science and Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University. To date, his group has published more than 100 papers and has 20 patents pending. He is the founder of two start-up companies, 3D BioResins & 3D BioActives. In 2015, Professor Becker was one of two scientists worldwide under 40 named Macromolecules-Biomacromolecules Young Investigators.

Dr. Becker completed his PhD in organic chemistry in 2003 at Washington University in St. Louis under the direction of Professor Karen L Wooley as an NIH Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Fellow. In 2003, Dr Becker moved to the Polymers Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology for an NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in biophysics. He joined the permanent staff in 2005 and led projects in bioimaging and combinatorial methods for tissue engineering working with the NIH, Industry and FDA to advance measurement methods for combination products. He received his BS in chemistry in 1998 from Northwest Missouri State University. Professor Becker's Laboratory for Functional Biomaterials seeks to develop new materials and methods which stimulate and direct specific cellular functions. The multidisciplinary group works at the interface of chemistry, organic materials, and medicine and focuses on developing chemical methods to tether peptides, proteins and growth factors to translationally-relevant materials. These materials include peptide and carbohydrate derivatized materials, which incorporate bio-functional species in a controlled manner, with the goal of influencing cell response.

Dr. Bowman is currently the Patten Endowed Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Director of the Materials Science and Engineering Program at the University of Colorado. Professor Bowman has served for the last fifteen years as the Co-Director of the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Fundamentals and Applications of Photopolymerizations and has also held various administrative positions at the University of Colorado. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 1988 and 1991, respectively. After receiving his Ph.D., he began his academic career at the University of Colorado in January of 1992 as an Assistant Professor. Since that time Professor Bowman has built a program focused on the fundamentals and applications of crosslinked polymers formed via photopolymerization reactions. In the broad areas of the fundamentals of polymerization reaction engineering, polymer chemistry, crosslinked polymers, photopolymerizations and biomaterials, Professor Bowman has published over 300 refereed papers and been recognized with numerous awards from the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Materials Research Society, and the Society for Biomaterials. His research involves the synthesis of novel monomers and the implementation of various photopolymerization reac-tions in a range of applications including adhesives, coatings, dental materials, photolithography, nanotechnology and biomaterials.

Bowman Research Group/

Dr. Harth studied chemistry at the University of Bonn, Germany and the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She obtained her Ph.D. in 1998 from the MPI for Polymer Research in Mainz. A postdoctoral fellowship with CPIMA (NSF-Center for Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies) brought her to the IBM Almaden Research Center, California USA, focusing on the development of new living free polymerization techniques and approaches to nanoscopic materials. In 2001, she joined XenoPort, Inc. as a Staff Scientist and started 2004 at Vanderbilt University as Assistant Professor with a primary appointment in the Department of Chemistry and a secondary appointment in the Department of Pharmacology, VUMC. In 2007, she was awarded the NSF CAREER Award. In 2011, she was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure and served three years as the Director and DGS of the Interdisciplinary Materials Science Graduate Program (IMS). Starting in Fall 2017, she moved to the University of Houston where she is appointed as Full Professor with tenure in the Department of Chemistry and serves as the Director of the Center of Excellence in Polymer Chemistry, funded by the Welch Foundation and the University of Houston. From 2009-2018 she served a full term as an Associate Editor for Polymer Chemistry, a journal of the RSC.

Harth Laboratory

Professor Craig J. Hawker is Clarke Professor holds the Alan and Ruth Heeger Chair Professor of Interdisciplinary Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he directs the California Nanosystems Institute and the Dow Materials Institute. He came to UCSB in 2004 after eleven years as a Research Staff Member at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA. Professor Hawker's research activities focus on synthetic polymer chemistry and nanotechnology, integrating fundamental studies with the development of nanostructured materials for advanced properties and functions in microelectronics and biotechnology. This work has led to over 500 peer-reviewed papers and 75 patents with a Google Scholar H-Index >140.

Professor Hawker has been active in the industrial community, establishing a range of start-up companies: Symyx (sold to Accelrys, Inc); Ilypsa (sold to Amgen for $450M); Relypsa (sold to Vifor for $1.53B); Intermolecular (IMI); Tricida (TCDA) and most recently, Olaplex. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards of DSM and the Molecular Foundry. For his pioneering studies, Professor Hawker's recent honors include the 2017 Charles Overberger International Prize, the 2013 American Chemical Society Award in Polymer Chemistry, the 2012 Centenary Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry and an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society in 2011. Professor Hawker has been honored with election to the Royal Society as well as being named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, American Association for the Advancement of Science and in 2018 was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Hawker Group

Rachel O'Reilly is currently a Chair of Chemistry and Head of School at the University of Birmingham. She got her first degree from the University of Cambridge and went on to complete her PhD at Imperial College, London in 2003. She then moved to the US to under the joint direction of Professors Craig J. Hawker and Karen L. Wooley. In 2006 she took up a Royal Society Fellowship at the University of Cambridge and then in 2009 she moved to the University of Warwick and in 2012 was promoted to full professor. Earlier this year she moved to her current position. Her group undertakes research in the area of catalysis, responsive polymers, nanostructure characterization and DNA nanomaterials. She has published over 175 papers to date and has received a number of awards, including the IUPAC-Samsung young polymer scientist award in 2012, and in 2013 the American Chemical Society Mark Young Polymer Scientist award. In 2017 she was awarded the Macromolecules/Biomacromolecules young investigator award from the ASC in recognition of her innovative research in polymer science. She is on the reviewing board of editors for Science and an Associate Editor for Macromolecules.

The Rachel O'Reilly Group

Dr. Reineke, is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Chemistry at The University of Minnesota and holds graduate faculty appointments in the Departments of Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Pharmaceutics. Her research group is focused on enabling fundamental and applied technology advancements in three main areas: 1) the design of polymer-based delivery systems for DNA and RNA to treat genetic diseases, 2) the development of polymer-based delivery systems for enhancing oral delivery of important drugs, and 3) the creation of sustainable and environmentally friendly polymers/plastics from naturally occurring chemicals derived from plants. She is currently on the Editorial Advisory Boards of the ACS journals Biomacromolecules and Bioconjugate Chemistry, and is a founding Associate Editor of ACS Macro Letters.

The Reineke research group is focused on enabling fundamental scientific and applied technology advancements in three areas: 1) the design of polymer-based delivery systems that encapsulate DNA and RNA for genetic disease treatments, 2) the development of polymer-based delivery systems for enhancing oral delivery of important peptides and drugs, and 3) the creation of sustainable and environmentally friendly polymers/plastics from naturally occurring chemicals derived from plants. Studies in these areas are centered both on novel polymer synthesis, understanding the fundamental mechanisms involved in polymer function, and applied use of our materials for advanced material/biomaterial function. Our research is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative with numerous groups in chemistry, engineering, and medicine.

Reineke Group

Dr. Megan L. Robertson joined the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Houston in the Fall of 2010. Dr. Robertson received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006, advised by Nitash P. Balsara. Following graduation, Dr. Robertson worked as a senior scientist at Rohm and Haas (now Dow Chemical) in Spring House, Pennsylvania. She then went to the University of Minnesota as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Chemistry, working with Marc A. Hillmyer. Dr. Robertson's research interests include nanostructured and microstructured polymers, self-assembly processes, thermodynamics of polymer mixtures, and structural characterization with light, neutron and x-ray scattering. The Robertson Research Group works in diverse areas including sustainable polymers derived from renewable resources, biodegradable polymers, advanced resins for polymer composites, structure and dynamics of block copolymer micelles, antifouling polymers and polymer brushes, and thermodynamics of polyolefin and polydiene blends.

The Robertson Research Group

Dr. Rowan earned his B.Sc. (Hons.) and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Glasgow. His post-doctoral work began in the Chemistry Department at the University of Cambridge, continued at Girton College, Cambridge, and culminated at the University of California, Los Angeles. Rowan was the Kent Hale Smith Professor in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University before joining the faculty IME in 2016. Rowan won the American Chemical Society Mark Scholar Award, the Morley Medal, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and the CWRU School of Engineering Research Award. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Deputy Editor of Macro Letters, published by the American Chemical Society, and a member of the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, Chemical Science, the Journal of Macromolecular Science, and Pure & Applied Chemistry. Rowan has published more than 125 scientific papers and reviews.

Dr. Rowan is an acclaimed soft material engineer focusing on the chemistry of non-covalent interactions (supramolecular chemistry). His group studies the properties and construction of structurally dynamic polymeric materials. Working with supramolecular polymers, Rowan investigates self-healing materials, stimuli-responsive material and nanocomposites, metal-containing polymers, gels, and biomaterial. His group is developing new synthetic methods for the construction of complex polymeric architectures. They study the synthesis of metallosupramolecular and stimuli-responsive polymers; isolation and utilization of cellulose nanocrystals in biomimetic and porous systems; and reversible covalent chemistry. In addition, Rowan has developed numerous new methods for the construction of interlocked species, specifically using dynamic covalent chemistry and "surrogate" stoppers.

Rowan Group

Dr. Zacharia is an assistant professor in the Dept. of Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron. She holds degrees in materials science and engineering from R the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. 2001 and Ph.D. 2007). Following graduation she spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher in chemistry at the University of Toronto. She became a professor in the materials program at Texas A&M University in 2009, moving to the University of Akron in 2013. Nicole is a 2013 NSF CAREER award winner.

Zacharia Research Group

Jenn Zigmond completed her Ph.D. in Chemistry with Karen Wooley from Texas A&M University in 2016. She joined BASF through the Ph.D. Leadership Development Program working in various roles and businesses including Application/product Development Scientist for roof coatings, Marketing Specialist for consumer products, and Sales and Marketing for polyisobutenes. After completion of the program, Jenn was hired as the NA Technical Service Manager for polyisobutenes, also known as Oppanol, where she drives and manages development projects in collaboration with customers, manages partner relationships and customer accounts, and leads the efforts toward new markets and applications in NA. Additionally, Jenn serves as the Women in Business Co-chair for the Florham Park Chapter.

Jenn is married to her partner of 11 years, RJ, with two furry children, Jacoby and London. Her hobbies include running, traveling, drinking coffee and playing games.