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.
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.
PhD student Kartik Kumar Rajagopalan was selected as a recipient for Phi Kappa Phi’s Love of Learning Award. The Love of Learning Awards help fund post-baccalaureate professional development for active Phi Kappa Phi members. The committee was impressed with Kartik’s superior academic record and life/career ambitions.
PhD candidate Aliaksei Aliakseyeu’s research was recently accepted to Macromolecules!
The article, titled “Impact of Star Polyacid Branching on Polymer Diffusion within Multilayer Films“, is now available to read online. This article explores the effect of polymer branching on the diffusion of polymers with LbL films assembled at low pH and considers different factors that affects the polymer dynamics within the film.
The Sukhishvili research group (and friends & family) celebrated the successful defenses of Dr. Al Husseini and Dr. Zhou on Friday, June 3. As usual, the celebration included a lot of games, food, and laughter. Congratulations again, Diana and Qing!
Many congratulations to Diana Al Husseini and Qing Zhou for successfully defending their dissertations!
Dr. Al Husseini earned her degree based on her work on nanoparticle assembly for gas-sensing applications. Her dissertation is titled “Surface Functionalization for Selective Mid-Infrared On-Chip Sensing”.
Dr. Zhou earned his degree based on his work on 3D-printable, shape-reconfigurable polymer networks. His dissertation is titled “Effect of Crosslinker Flexibility and Crosslinking Density on Thermo-Mechanical Behavior of 3D Printable Diels-Alder Polymer Networks”.
PhD student Jordan Brito’s research was recently accepted to ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces!
The article, titled “Hierarchically Structured, All-Aqueous-Coated Hydrophobic Surfaces with pH-Selective Droplet Transfer Capability“, is now available to read online. In this article, hydrophobic coatings with pH-responsive droplet capture were created using an all-aqueous layer-by-layer deposition technique. The fluorinated anionic polyphosphazenes used in these coatings endowed the surfaced with a novel combination of hydrophobicity with pH sensitivity, allowing for pH-sensitive droplet transfer.