By its nature, Polymer Chemistry is a very interdisciplinary science. It deals with the chemical synthesis and properties of large molecules or macromolecules consisting of many repeating units. Polymer Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Maryland is centered on understanding a broad spectrum of exciting polymer systems ranging from biopolymers to synthetic polymers. Our research on polymers is highly innovative and collaborative.

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Research interests of our faculty include development of new strategies and catalysts for synthesizing novel polymers (e.g., polyolefins) with unique architectures (Sita, Lee, Fourkas, Nie, Raghavan), self-assembly of block copolymers and their mimics (e.g., polymer-grafted colloids) in both solutions and in the solid state (Sita, Nie, Raghavan), exploitation of the physical behaviors of polymers on a surface and interface (Nie, Sita), fabrication of functional polymer nano- and micro-structures (e.g., tubes, vesicles, capsules, and hydrogels) using techniques ranging from microfluidics to Anodic Aluminum Oxide (AAO) templates to multiphoton absorption polymerization (Lee, Nie, Raghavan), and exploration of new applications ranging from plastics industry to wound healing to cancer imaging and therapy (Sita, Nie, Raghavan). Students in the program have access to a rich variety of state-of-the-art characterization facilities located in both the Chemistry Department and on campus. Students also have the opportunity to interact with scientists from many local government laboratories, federal institutes or research centers.


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John T. Fourkas

Nanotechnology and ultrafast nonlinear optics; multiphoton absorption polymerization; polymer post-functionalization chemistry; soft nanolithography; optical data storage; nanophotonics; microsensors; ultrafast dynamics of liquids in the bulk and in nanoconfinement

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Nanotechnology and ultrafast nonlinear optics; multiphoton absorption polymerization; polymer post-functionalization chemistry; soft nanolithography; optical data storage; nanophotonics; microsensors; ultrafast dynamics of liquids in the bulk and in nanoconfinement

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Sang Bok Lee

Nanomaterials science; synthesis and characterization of bio-nanotubes for nanotoxicology and biomedical applications; electrical energy storage; electrochemistryRead More

Nanomaterials science; synthesis and characterization of bio-nanotubes for nanotoxicology and biomedical applications; electrical energy storage; electrochemistry

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Zhihong Nie

Nanoparticle chemistry and self-assembly; soft materials, microfluidic mimicking of biological tubules for studying pharmacokinetics and diseases; biomimetic programmable soft materials for tunable optics and tissue engineering

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Nanoparticle chemistry and self-assembly; soft materials, microfluidic mimicking of biological tubules for studying pharmacokinetics and diseases; biomimetic programmable soft materials for tunable optics and tissue engineering

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Lawrence R. Sita

Synthetic, structural and mechanistic inorganic and organometallic chemistry; molecular and mesoscopic self-assembly processes; chemically modified surface and interfaces, polymer synthesis, development and utilization of low cost catalysts for commodity chemical production

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Synthetic, structural and mechanistic inorganic and organometallic chemistry; molecular and mesoscopic self-assembly processes; chemically modified surface and interfaces, polymer synthesis, development and utilization of low cost catalysts for commodity chemical production

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