Undergraduate researchers Tom Staunton and Kasey Watkins have just joined the group. Tom will be working with Victoria on characterizing regularly-crosslinked networks, and Kasey will be working with Zi on mechanochemistry in triblock copolymers. Welcome, Tom and Kasey!
Undergraduate Matt Bittner graduated this summer. To celebrate his graduation and his new position at PPG in Pittsburgh, we had a group soap-making party. We had lots of fun coming up with our own soap formulations, and can’t wait to see how they turn out!
Graduate student Conner Chee and undergraduates Lavinia Falck, Matt Bittner, Rotem Benharush, and Taylor Tomlinson have all officially joined the group. Conner will be working on our project on understanding the composition dependence of polyelectrolyte complexation. Lavinia will be working with Zi on computational modeling of mechanochemistry in block copolymers, Matt will be working with […]
Undergraduate researchers Lexi Knight and Henry Sun graduated this weekend. Please join us in congratulating them on this achievement! Lexi and Henry are both heading to graduate school this fall – Lexi will be starting in the PhD program in chemistry at Case Western, and Henry will be continuing on in the PhD program at […]
Our first two papers with our collaborators in the Fullerton group have just been published! In these papers, we demonstrated that polymerizing both species in ionic liquids enables cool new device applications, and also developed a new class of "triggerable" polymerized ionic liquids that can release ions on command. Head over to our publications page to check them out!
Graduate student Julisa Rozon and undergraduate Cindy Dinh have officially joined the group. Julisa will be working on our project on doubly-polymerized ionic liquids, while Cindy will work with Victoria on polymer networks. Welcome, Julisa and Cindy!
Grad student Frankie Morin successfully defended her MS thesis on the viscoelasticity of complex coacervates this afternoon. Please join us in congratulating her on this big achievement! Frankie will be starting a new position at City Charter High School in downtown Pittsburgh this fall. We are sad to see her go, but hope she’ll come […]
Dr. Laaser will present the group’s work on complex coacervates at this month’s American Physical Society meeting in LA and the American Chemical Society meeting in New Orleans. If you’re interested in attending her talks, they are: APS talk: Title: Charge Density-Dependent Phase Behavior and Rheology of Polyelectrolyte Complex Coacervates Session: Polyelectrolyte Complexation II: Structure […]
First-year graduate students Paige Moncure and Swati Arora have officially joined the lab. Paige will be working on a project at the interface of polymers and inorganic nanomaterials, while Swati will be joining Team Mechanochemistry. Welcome to the group, Swati and Paige!