Sumerlin Research Group

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.

Posted by Brent Sumerlin on Oct 08 14 at 7:30 PM

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.

Posted by Brent Sumerlin on Sept 02 14 at 9:15 AM

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.

Posted by Brent Sumerlin on Sept 01 14 at 12:45 PM

Presentation Brent delivered two oral presentations at the Fall National ACS Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

Posted by Brent Sumerlin on Aug 10 14 at 7:30 AM

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.

Posted by Brent Sumerlin on Aug 04 14 at 1:45 PM

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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.