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

Publication Chemistry World has highlighted our recent ChemComm paper on responsive polymers being used for delivery in plants. [Link]

Posted by Brent Sumerlin on May 15 15 at 12:20 PM

Presentation Members of the Sumerlin Group presented 10 presentations at the Florida Area Meeting and Exposition (ACS) in Tampa, FL.

Posted by Brent Sumerlin on May 09 15 at 11:45 AM

Presentation Brent presented a seminar in the Department of Chemistry at Miami University (OH).

Posted by Brent Sumerlin on May 07 15 at 2:50 PM

Congratulations Congratulations to Mingsheng and Megan for their paper titled “Synthesis of amphiphilic polysuccinimide star copolymers for responsive delivery in plants” being accepted to ChemComm!

Posted by Brent Sumerlin on May 06 15 at 11:30 AM

Congratulations Congratulations to Hao for being awarded a 2015 Eastman Fellowship!

Posted by Brent Sumerlin on May 02 15 at 1:40 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.