Jordan Brito’s research with collaborators at the University of Maryland and Stevens Institute of Technology was recently accepted to Biomacromolecules!
The article, titled “4-Methylumbelliferone-Functionalized Polyphosphazene and Its Assembly into Biocompatible Fluorinated Nanocoatings with Selective Antiproliferative Activity”, is now available to read online.
During ACS Spring 2023, Kartik gave a presentation titled “Diels-Alder salogels for shape stabilization of an inorganic salt hydrate phase change material” at the “Dynamically bonded materials: advances in synthesis, characterization and applications” symposium.
The Sukhishvili group was well-represented at the APS March Meeting this year. Zhen Sang, Aliaksei Aliakseyeu, and Prof. Sukhishvili gave presentations on the group’s research in Las Vegas, NV (Mar. 5-10, 2023).
Kartik was selected as a recipient for Phi Kappa Phi’s Graduate Research Grant (2023). The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi annually awards 20 grants of up to $1,500 to active members attending graduate school. These grants provide funding for research in support of career development opportunities.
WIMS and the Dr. Sukhishvili group represented the Materials Science & Engineering department at Aggieland Saturday on Feb. 11, 2023. This event helps to prepare prospective Aggies for the Texas A&M campus and choosing a major.
PhD student Jordan Brito got some practice teaching during one of the MSEN 489/689 lectures (Techniques for Polymer and Soft Matter Characterization). She gave a lecture on ATR-FTIR to the classroom of undergraduate and graduate students. She will also hold an in-person demo to show the benefits and limitations of the technique.
This valuable experience will help prepare her for a career in academia!
PhD student Jordan Brito’s review article was recently accepted to ACS Applied Bio Materials!
The review, titled “Factors Controlling Degradation of Biologically Relevant Synthetic Polymers in Solution and Solid State“, is now available to read online. This article describes the influence of chemical reactivity, microenvironment, and physical form factor on the degradation behavior of a polymer material. It also reviews recent advances in tailoring the degradation profiles of materials and offers perspectives on the future of degradable polymers.
PhD students Kartik and Xiuzhu’s paper titled “Strong, thermo-reversible salogels with boronate ester bonds as thermal energy storage materials” was accepted for publication in Journal of Materials Chemistry A.
In this work, Kartik and Xiuzhu compare boronate ester salogels with well-known hydrogels. They show that the highly ionic environment of salt hydrates allow the formation of strong gels compared to water with small amounts of polymer and crosslinker (~3.3 wt%). They also demonstrate the first use of dynamic covalent crosslinks, with repeatable on-demand thermo-reversibility, as a shape stabilizing matrix for inorganic salt hydrate phase change materials in thermal energy storage applications. The article is now available to read online.