Welcome to the website of the Research Group of Dr. Brent Sumerlin in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Florida.
News & Presentations
Congratulations Congratulations to Soma, Megan, and Abhi for their paper titled “Oximes as Reversible Links in Polymer Chemistry: Dynamic Macromolecular Stars” being accepted to Polymer Chemistry.
Congratulations Congratulations to Megan (and other group alumni) for a paper describing collaborative work with the Tonelli and Genzer groups at NCSU being accepted to the Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics.
Congratulations Congratulations to Hao and Chris K. for their paper titled “Thermally-labile segmented hyperbranched copolymers: Using reversible-covalent chemistry to investigate the mechanism of self-condensing vinyl copolymerization” being accepted to Chemical Science.
Presentation Brent delivered two oral presentations at the Fall National ACS Meeting in San Francisco, CA.
Welcome We welcome Qijing Chen from the group of Prof. Zesheng An (Shanghai University, China) and Gertjan Vancoillie from the group of Prof. Richard Hoogenboom (Ghent University, Belgium). Qijing and Gertjan are visiting Ph.D. students who will be with us for 6 months and 1 year, respectively.news archive ↵
The Sumerlin Research Group investigates well-defined polymeric materials with selected functionality, composition, and molecular architecture. Our particular focus is on polymers that are water-soluble and stimuli-responsive. Such "smart" polymers have the ability to self-assemble or dissociate in solution in response to changes in their surroundings. Potential target applications include controlled and targeted drug delivery, surface modification, and the synthesis of self-healing materials. Our interests are at the interface of bio-, organic, and polymer chemistry, with particular focus on fusing the fields to prepare materials with synergistic properties.