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Graduate students and undergraduate students interested in our research should contact Dr. Zhang directly.

Group News:

06/2014. Brandon, Lu, Jinbao and Albert presented their work at the 11th National Graduate Research Polymer Conference (NGRPC), Baton Rouge, LA.

06/2014. Dr. Zhang gave a seminar in the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering  at the SooChow University, Su Zhou, China.

04/2014. Haoyu's work on the solid-state structure of PEO-b-PBLG block copolymer and single-walled carbon nanotube nanocomposite has been published in JPOL-A. Congratulations!

11/2013. Sam, Lu, Wayne and Jinbao's study on the thermo-responsive bottlebrush polypeptoids have been accepted for publication in Polymer Chemistry.

11/2013. Ang, Wayne, Jinbao and Brandon presented their research at the 1st Applied Polymer Technology Extension Consortium (APTEC) Annual Meeting, Hattiesburg, MS.

10/2013. Jessica gave a poster presentation on her research at the 40th NOBCCHe Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

10/2013. Chang-Uk, Ang and Kushal's study on the crystallization and melting properties of cyclic and linear polypeptoids has been accepted for publication in Macromolecules. Congratulations!

09/2013. Haoyu's study on the solid state structure of single-walled carbon nanotubes and poly(gamma-benzyl-L-glutamate) having different conformations has been published in JPOL-A. Congratulations!

05/2013. Chang-Uk and Lu's study on the crystallization-driven thermo-reversible gelation of the cyclic and linear block copolypeptoids has been published in ACS Macro Letters. Congratulations!

05/2013. Chang-Uk received the DOW Graduate Student Award. Ashley received the Graduate Student Teaching Award and the Best Macro Seminar Presentation Award. Congratulations!

04/2013. Dr. Zhang gave a seminar in the Department of Chemistry at the Mississippi State University.

04/2012. Chang-Uk, Lu and Dr. Zhang gave presentations at the 245th National ACS Meeting, New Orleans, LA. 

04/2012. Dr. Zhang co-organized a symposium on the Cyclic and Multicyclic Polymers at the 245th National ACS Meeting, New Orleans, LA. 

03/2013. Chang-Uk has successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation. Congratulations, Dr. Lee! 

02/2013. Dr. Zhang gave a seminar in the Department of Chemistry at the Clemson University.

01/2013. Dr. Zhang gave a seminar in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina.

12/2012. Albert, Ashley and Jessica have joined our group. Welcome!  

12/2012. Sam has successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation. Congratulations, Dr. Lahasky! 

11/2012. Sam, Chang-Uk, Wayne and Brandon gave oral presentations and Jinbao, Sunting, Ang and Lu gave poster presentations at the ACS Southwest Regional Meeting (SWRM) in Baton Rouge, LA. 

11/2012. Dr. Zhang co-organized a symposium on Advances in Polymer Chemistry at the ACS Southwest Regional Meeting (SWRM), Baton Rouge, LA. 

09/2012. Dr. Zhang gave a seminar in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Houston and Texas A&M University. 

09/2012. Dr. Zhang gave a talk at the ORNL CNMS user meeting.

09/2012. Our group participated and completed a rope course challenge at the UREC center.

08/2012. Dr. Zhang gave a talk in the 8th Peptoid Summit at the Molecular Foundry.

06/2012. Dr. Zhang gave a talk at the American-French Workshop in MINATEC, Grenoble, France.

06/2010. Sunting has joined our group. Welcome!

05/2012. Our group's research on the polypeptoid materials have been published as a Perspective article in Macromolecules. Congratulations!

05/2012. Li, Sam and Kushal's work on the mechanistic investigation of NHC-mediated zwitterionic polymerizations of N-substituted N-carboxyanhydride (R-NCA) to produce polypeptoids has been published in JACS. Congratulations!

05/2012. Sam received the DOW Graduate Student Award. Congratulations!

04/2012. Sam's work on the synthesis and the solution properties of thermo-responsive polypeptoids has been published in ACS Macro Letters. Congratulations!

04/2012. Dr. Zhang gave a seminar in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at University of Southern Mississippi.

03/2012. Wayne presented his work on fluorescently labeled polyelectrolytes at the American Physical Society March Meeting, Boston, MA.

03/2012. Lu presented her research on the characterization of cyclic brush polymers by scanning probe technique at the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (Pittcon) 2012, Orlando, FL

03/2012. Sam presented his research in the 8th Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Symposium at the ACS meeting in San Diego, CA.

03/2012. Li and Dr. Zhang gave talks in the Poly(2-oxazoline)s and Related Pseudo-Polypeptide Structures Symposium and the Glycopeptide Polymers Symposium at the ACS meeting in San Diego, CA.

02/2012. Dr. Zhang gave a seminar in the Department of Chemistry at the Indiana University, University of Notre Dame and University of Cincinnati.

02/2012. Kushal and Monika gave oral presentations on their research at the 32nd Annual Undergraduate Research Conference, Memphis, TN.

01/2012. Dr. Zhang gave a seminar in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta.

12/2010. Jinbao and Ang have joined our group. Welcome!

12/2011. Dr. Zhang gave a seminar in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Florida.

12/2011. Dr. Zhang gave a seminar in the Department of Polymer Science at the University of Akron.

11/2011. Chang-Uk's work on the synthesis and characterization of cyclic and linear amphiphilic block copolypeptoids from NHC-mediated zwitterionic polymerization of N-substituted N-carboxyanhydrides has been published in Macromolecules. Congratulations!

11/2011. Sam's work on the synthesis of cyclic brush-like polymers by NHC-mediated polymerization of propargyl-NCA and click chemistry has been published in Macromolecules. Congratulations!

11/2011. Dr. Zhang gave a seminar in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Drexel University.

11/2011. Dr. Zhang gave a talk in the Supramolecular and Dynamic-Covalent Materials Symposium at the 67th Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Austin, TX.

11/2011. Sam presented his research on the synthesis and characterization of macrocyclic brush polymers at the 67th Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Austin, TX.

10/2011. Lu presented her research on the AFM analysis of macrocyclic brush polymers at the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) 2011, Reno, NV.

09/2011. Dr. Zhang gave a seminar in the Department of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

08/2011. Dr. Zhang gave a seminar in the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science  at the Stellenbosch University.

07/2011. The NASA proposal where Dr. Zhang is a Co-PI has been funded.

07/2011. Dr. Zhang gave a talk at the IUPAC Ionic Polymerization Symposium at Akron, OH.

06/2011. Dr. Zhang presented our research at the Gordon Research Conference at the Mt. Holyoke College.

06/2011. Kushal gave a poster presentation at the LSU Undergraduate and Graduate Research Workshop.

05/2011. Multi-dimensional MS analysis of cyclic polypeptoids in collaboration with Dr. Chrys Wesdemiotis (U. Akron) has been published in Macromolecules. Congratulations!

04/2011. Haoyu and Chang-Uk's work on thermoreversible gelation of helical polypeptide/single-walled carbon nanotube has been published in JPOL-A. Congratulations!

04/2011. Yohann Hernandez from France has joined our group through the HHMI summer undergraduate research program. Welcome!

04/2011. Dr. Zhang gave a seminar in the IPRIME seminar series at the University of Minnesota.

04/2011. Kushal Ghale has been selected for the HHMI summer undergraduate research program. Congratulations!

03/2011. Zachary Brown presented his research conducted at LSU in the American Chemical Society 241st National Meeting, Anaheim, CA.

02/2011. Dr. Zhang gave a seminar at the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department of the University of Delaware.

02/2011. Haoyu’s work on orthogonal multi-functionalization of helical block copolypeptides has been published in a special issue dedicated to polymer bioconjugates in Polymer Chemistry. Congratulations!

02/2011. Dr. Zhang gave a seminar at the Chemistry Department of Washington and Jefferson College.

02/2011. Haoyu and Sam’s work on the core-shell polymer brushes with helical polypeptide backbones has been published in Macromolecules. Congratulations!

02/2011. Li's work on helix-coil diblock copolypeptoids has been published in ACS Symposium Series Book on "Non-conventional functional block copolymers." Congratulations!

01/2011. Dr. Zhang gave several seminars at Peking University, Tsinghua University, Beijing Normal University and Institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Science.

01/2010. Li, Jinhai, Zac and Kushal's work on NHC-mediated polymerizations of chiral N-substituted N-carboxylanhydride to form cyclic helical polypeptoids has been published in a special issue dedicated to peptoids in Biopolymers Peptide Science. Congratulations!

12/2010. Brandon Chan, Junia Selby and Lu Lu joined our group. Welcome!

12/2010. Chang-Uk, Haoyu and Li gave talks at SW/SE ACS meeting in New Orleans and were granted free American Peptide Society (APS) membership for their presentations.

11/2010. Chang-Uk passed the general exam. Congratulations!

11/2010. Adrianne Rosales visited our lab for two weeks.

10/2010. Sam passed the general exam. Congratulations!

09/2010. Sam presented a poster at ORNL CNMS user meeting.

08/2010. Dr. Zhang gave a talk in the New Catalysis for Polymer Synthesis Symposium at the ACS meeting, Boston.

08/2010. Dr. Zhang gave a talk and Li presented a poster at the 7th Peptoid Summit at the Molecular Foundry, Berkeley.  

08/2010. Kushal Ghale joined our group. Welcome! 

07/2010. Jinhai moved to Rochester. We wish him good luck.

07/2010. Zac Brown presented a poster at the LSU SURF symposium.

06/2010. Zac Brown from Washington & Jefferson College joined our group for the summer as a REU student. Welcome!

05/2010. Monica Lavan joined our group. Welcome!

05/2010. Haoyu’s work on the helical polypeptide with clickable side-chains has been published in Biomacromolecules! Congratulations!

05/2010. Sam and Haoyu have survived the terrible weather on their way to Oak Ridge National Lab and  learned how to conduct the anionic polymerizations and do glass-blowing themselves.  

04/2010. Dr. Zhang gave a seminar at the LSU ME department.

03/2010. Sam, Li and Haoyu presented research in the POLY division at the ACS meeting in San Francisco. Dr. Zhang also gave a talk at the meeting.

03/2010. Haoyu’s work on PBLG polypeptide-functionalized SWCNT has been published in JPOL-A! Congratulations!

03/2010. Dr. Zhang's NSF CAREER proposal  has been funded.

02/2010. Dr. Zhang's ONRL-CNMS-SHARE user proposal has been accepted.

02/2010. Wayne presented a poster at the GRC conference on Colloidal, Macromolecular, and Polyelectrolyte Solutions at Ventura, CA.

01/2010. Jinhai Li and Wayne Huberty have joined our research group. Wayne will also be jointly advised by Dr. Russo. Welcome!

11/2009. Li’s work on NHC mediated polymerizations of N-substituted NCA has been published in JACS as a communication! Congratulations!

09/2009. Dr. Zhang gave a seminar at the Chemistry Department of Southeastern Louisiana University.  

09/2009. Dr. Zhang presented our research at the Oak Ridge National Lab CNMS user meetings.

06/2009. Chang-Uk Lee joined our group! Welcome!

06/2009. Dr. Zhang presented our research at the Gordon Research Conference at the Mt. Holyoke College.

05/2009. Dr. Zhang received the Ralph POWE junior faculty enhancement award.

04/2009. Dr. Zhang gave a talk at the American Southeastern Catalysis Conference at Houston, TX.

01/2009. Samuel Lahasky and Zhaoyuan Liu joined our group! Welcome!

10/2008. Dr. Haoyu Tang joined our group! Welcome!

07/2008. Samuel Lahasky started working part time in our lab for the summer.

06/2008. Dr. Zhang's BOR-ACS proposal has been funded.

05/2008. Dr. Li Guo became the first member of our group! Welcome!

02/2008. Dr. Zhang gave a seminar at the Chemistry Department of Western Kentucky University.

08-12/2007. The lab started to take shape.