2017 NEWS

OCTOBER

CAM CHATHAM + DR. LONG + DR. WILLIAMS

Our MII-affiliated student engineering team has created a customized 3-D printed golf grip that uniquely conforms to individual golfer’s hands to guide correct placement each time they pick up a club. Students involved include Cam Chatham (co-advised by Williams and Long), Jacob Fallon (Bortner), Eric Gilmer (Bortner), and Andy Cohen (undergraduate student). Read more about it by clicking on the image below.

OCTOBER

DR. LONG

Dr. Long has been appointed the new Editor-in-Chief for Polymer International (Wiley) for 2018. He is replacing Kurt Geckeler. As he gears up for his appointment, he shares an open letter to the PI community – we are excited to see growth and expansion for PI under his leadership. Congratulations, Dr. Long! Read his letter by clicking on the image below.

SEPTEMBER

DR. LONG + DR. CHRIS WILLIAMS

Drs. Long and Williams’ work on printing Kapton (C) was featured on TechBriefs recently. Click on the image below to read the article online!

SEPTEMBER

DR. LONG + DR. CHRIS WILLIAMS

Drs. Long and Williams were recently featured on NPR talking about their efforts (and huge success) on 3D printing “Kapton”. Check out their interview by clicking on the image below.

SEPTEMBER

DR. LONG

Dr. Long has received his first NIH grant as a co-PI with colleague Dr. Tim Showalter at UVA. The grant is titled “Self-expanding hydrogel for pelvic brachytherapy: a novel method for vaginal packing and customized radiation therapy”. Congratulations, Drs. Long and Showalter!

AUGUST

DR. LONG + JUSTIN + DR. CARFAGNA

Dr. Long, Justin, and Dr. Carfagna (in addition to frequent collaborators Dr. Williams and his student Viswanath) are featured on VT News!! Click on the image below to read the article on novel 3-D printed high-performance polymers that could be used in space!!

AUGUST

RYAN MONDSCHEIN + MINGTAO CHEN

Congratulations to Ryan Mondschein and Ming Chen for winning awards for their presentations at the ACS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Ryan was awarded the 2017 Eastman Chemical Student Award in Applied Polymer Science and Ming was awarded the Outstanding POLY Poster Award. Well done!

AUGUST

LONG GROUP

After a highly successful few days at the ACS meeting in Washington, DC, the Long Group has come back revitalized for the start of the semester. Looking forward to new collaborations and continued output from the Long Group members and collaborators! Check out some highlights from the ACS meeting in the Image Carousel below.

AUGUST

JAMES BROWN + DR. HERZBERGER

Last week the REU student in the Long Group, James Brown, gave an excellent presentation and represented the group very well, finishing off a whirlwind 10 weeks in the REU program (hosted by MII). Congratulations to James on completing an excellent project, to Dr. Herzberger for being a stellar mentor, and to Dr. Long and the rest of the group for being such good support and guidance. Good luck to James in the future – we hope you apply to VT for grad school!!

AUGUST

LONG GROUP MEMBERS

The entire Long group will be attending the ACS Meeting in Washington, DC this month. We have 23 presentations throughout the conference – check out the agenda on the ACS website, or take a look at the publications page to see what we’ll be presenting on. We look forward to seeing you there!

JULY

LONG GROUP MEMBERS

Check out a whole bunch of new publications on the Publications page. Allison, Ryan, Katie, Nick, Phil, Joe, Ali, and Maruti all have new publications this summer!

JUNE

KATIE VALENTINE + EMILY WILTS + DR. KRISTIE DORFLER

Katie Valentine, Emily Wilts, and Dr. Kristie Dorfler headed out to the Science Museum of Western Virginia to teach K-5th grade girls about chemistry and crystallography. Check out some pictures below:

JUNE

DR. NICK MOON + DR. TIM LONG + DR. JOE DENNIS + DR. ALLISON PEKKANEN + RYAN MONDSCHEIN

Congrats to Drs. Tim Long Nick Moon (former post doc), Joe Dennis (former student), Allison Pekkanen (former student), and current student Ryan Mondschein on their two recent publications: ‘Thiol-Michael ‘Click’ Hydrogels as an Imageable Packing Material for Cancer Therapy’ in Polymer – and – ‘Synthesis of Polysulfone-Containing Poly(butylene terephthalate) Segmented Block Copolymers: Influence of Segment Length on Thermomechanical Performance’ in Macromolecules.

JUNE

RYAN MONDSCHEIN + DR. NICK MOON + DR. TIM LONG

Check out the latest inside cover of Polymer Chemistry. It’s for Dr. Long, Ryan, and Nick Moon’s paper, which was published a few months ago. Well done, Ryan, who crafted the image!

JUNE

RYAN MONDSCHEIN + DR. TIM LONG

Congrats to Ryan and Dr. Long on their recently published paper “Polymer structure-property requirements for stereolithographic 3D printing of soft tissue engineering scaffolds” in Biomaterials. Nice!

MAY

DR. TIM LONG + GROUP

Dr. Long is featured in a video by SelectScience/Waters on MII and the facilities. Check out this great promotional piece that talks a little about what we do (copy and paste this URL in a new browser window): http://bit.ly/2qAdU1d

MAY

DR. JOE DENNIS + DR. ALLISON PEKKANEN

Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Dennis and Dr. Allison Pekkanen for successfully defending their PhD. Joe will be starting a new job at IBM Almaden and Allison will be starting at Booz-Allen-Hamilton as a Biological Senior Consultant. Good luck! We’ll miss you guys!

APRIL

JOE DENNIS

Congrats to Joe Dennis on the acceptance of “Influence of Cyclobutane Segments in Cycloaliphatic Decahydronaphthalene-containing Copolyesters” to High Performance Polymers

MARCH

ALLISON PEKKANEN + DR. TIM LONG

Congrats to Allison and Dr. Long on the publication of their paper titled “Poly(ether ester) Ionomers as Water-Soluble Polymers for Material
Extrusion Additive Manufacturing Processes” in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.

MARCH

DR. TIM LONG

Listen to Dr. Long on PULSE OF THE PLANET, which aired on March 14-17. 2017. Go to: https://www.pulseplanet.com/dailyprogram/

MARCH

DR. NICK MOON + RYAN MONDSCHEIN + DR. TIM LONG

Congrats to Nick, Ryan and Dr. Long on the publication of their paper titled “Poly (β-thioesters) Containing Monodisperse Oxamide Hard Segments Using a Chemoselective Thiol-Michael Addition Reaction” in Polymer Chemistry.

FEBRUARY

DR. LONG + ALLISON PEKKANEN

Dr. Long and Allison Pekkanen gave presentations at the 40th Anniversary Adhesion Society Conference in St. Petersburg, FL.

FEBRUARY

DR. LONG + JUSTIN SIRRINE

“Interaction parameters for the uptake of sulfur mustard mimics into polyurethane films”, a manuscript Dr. Long and Justin Sirrine were co-authors on, was accepted to Progress in Organic Coatings!

FEBRUARY

DR. LONG + JUSTIN SIRRINE + JOE DENNIS

Dr. Tim Long gave an invited presentation at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) conference in Saudi Arabia, “Polymers – Designing Macromolecules for Applications”. Justin Sirrine and Joe Dennis gave poster presentations titled “Functional siloxanes for mask projection microstereolithography (MPμSL): photo-activated chain extension and crosslinking” and “High Tg polyesters as potential BPA-polycarbonate replacements”.

FEBRUARY

ALLISON PEKKANEN, RYAN MONDSCHEIN & DR. LONG

Congrats to Allison Pekkanen, Ryan Mondschein and Dr. Long on their article “Characterization of peptide coatings adhered to synthetic fibers: A versatile model for peptide nucleic acids” in International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives.

JANUARY

DR. TIM LONG

Congrats to Dr. Long on his article “Reaction: Benign by Design Demands Innovation” in Chem.

JANUARY

DR. TIM LONG

Dr. Long was interviewed by Jim Metzner of Pulse of the Planet, and featured on NPR! On it, he talks about microplastics and their effect on the ocean and environment. Check it out at www.pulseplanet.com!

2016 NEWS

NOVEMBER

DR. ASHLEY NELSON + ALLISON PEKKANEN

Congrats to Ashley Nelson and Allison Pekkanen on their article “Synthesis of Water Soluble Imidazolium Polyesters as Potential Non-viral Gene Delivery Vehicles” in Biomacromolecules.

NOVEMBER

DR. ASHLEY NELSON + ALLISON PEKKANEN

Congrats to Ashley Nelson and Allison Pekkanen on their article “Synthesis of Water Soluble Imidazolium Polyesters as Potential Non-viral Gene Delivery Vehicles” in Biomacromolecules.

OCTOBER

LONG GROUP + MII

The MII Technical Conference and Review was a huge success! The event provides an opportunity for scientists and engineers from industry and government to learn about the activities of MII through faculty presentations and student posters.

AUGUST

DR. TIM LONG + GROUP MEMBERS

Prof. Tim Long and various research group members present their latest findings at the National ACS Meeting in Philadelphia. Big news includes the 3D printing of polyimides and the design of segmented polyurethanes without using isocyanates.

JUNE

LONG RESEARCH GROUP

The Long Group presents 10 presentations at the 12th National Graduate Research Polymer Conference hosted by The University of Akron in Akron, OH.

JUNE

JUSTIN SIRRINE

Justin Sirrine presents at the PolyMac Conference in Kansas City, MO.

JUNE

RYAN MONDSCHEIN

Ryan Mondschein presents at the Waters Materials Characterization summit in Akron, OH.

JUNE

DR. TIM LONG

Dr. Long presents an invited lecture at the 34 th International Conference of Photopolymer Science and Technology in Chiba, Japan.

MAY

DR. EVAN MARGARETTA + DR. KEREN ZHANG + DR. ALISON SCHULTZ

Congratulations to Drs. Evan Margaretta, Keren Zhang and Alison Schultz on the successful defense of their respective theses and earning their Ph.D.s in Polymer Chemistry!

MAY

DR. KEREN ZHANG

Congrats to Keren Zhang on her article “Influence of nucleobase stoichiometry on the self-assembly of ABC triblock copolymers’ in ChemComm.

MAY

DR. CHAINIKA JANGU + DR. ALISON SCHULTZ

Congrats to Chainika Jangu and Alison Schultz on their article “Diphenylphosphino Styrene-Containing Homopolymers: Influence of Alkylation and Mobile Anions on Physical Properties” in MCP.

APRIL

KATIE VALENTINE + JUSTIN SIRRINE

Congrats to Katie Valentine and Justin Sirrine, who both passed their preliminary exams and are now PhD Candidates. Way to go!