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Department of Chemistry

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Contact Information

Pennsylvania State University

Department of Chemistry

3550 Seventh Street

New Kensington, PA 15068


Tel: 724-334-6741

Fax: 724-334-6039


Professional Background

Professor of Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University, July 2016 to present

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University, 2010-July 2016

Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University, 2011-2012

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University, 2004-2010

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cornell University, 2002-2004

Ph.D., Polymer Science, The University of Akron 

B.S., Chemistry, North Carolina State University


Research Interests

Coupling the principles of green chemistry with computational metrics to synthesize renewable monomers, monomer libraries, functional polymers, and sustainable materials.  The resulting polymers have tailored hydrophobicity to optimize solvation of small molecules in polymers.  Examples include post-polymer modification, polymer electrolytes, and biomaterials that enable controlled release.  Other interests include finding the hydrophobic-hydrophilic balance in polymers to improve predictive and responsive behavior. 


Professional Organizations

American Chemical Society

Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE)

Polymer Chemistry (POLY)

American Chemical Society

Pittsburgh Section, Secretary (2008 and 2010)

Pittsburgh Section, Alternate Councilor (2011 and 2013)

Pittsburgh Section, Councilor (2014-2019)




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