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Prof. Brent S. Sumerlin

2017-   George Bergen Butler Professor
Department of Chemistry
University of Florida
2015-2017   Professor
Department of Chemistry
University of Florida
2012-2015   Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
University of Florida
2009-2012   Harold Jeskey Trustee Associate Professor in Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Southern Methodist University
2007-2009   Harold Jeskey Trustee Assistant Professor in Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Southern Methodist University
2005-2007   Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
Southern Methodist University
2003-2005   Visiting Assistant Professor
Advisor: Krzysztof Matyjaszewski
Department of Chemistry
Carnegie Mellon University
2003   Ph.D. Polymer Science & Engineering
Advisor: Charles L. McCormick
Department of Polymer Science
University of Southern Mississippi
1998   B.S., Textile Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry Concentration
North Carolina State University


Address:
Department of Chemistry
University of Florida
PO Box 117200
Gainesville, FL 32611-7200
PH: (352) 392-0563
Email: -sumerlin@chem.ufl.edu- 


Postdoctoral Research Associates & Visiting Scholars

 

 


Sangwoo Park


Education:                   
Ph.D., Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (2016)
Advisor: Prof. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski
Dissertation: Electrochemically Controlled Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization and Synthesis of Polymers with Complex Architectures

                   
B.S.E. (2008), M.S.E. (2011), Polymer Science & Engineering, Pusan National University, Busan, Korea
Advisors: Prof. Hyun-Jong Paik
Thesis: Immobilization of gold nanoparticles on N,N'-bis(2-pyridylmethyl) 2-hydroxyethylamine functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes and study of catalytic activity = N,N'-bis(2-pyridylmethyl) 2-hydroxy-ethylamine


Current Research Project and Objectives:
Photosynthate-responsive polymeric nano-carriers for phloem-specific delivery in the treatment of HLB (Huanglongbing)

My roles in this project include the synthesis and analysis of sugar-responsive degradable polymeric nanocarriers and encapsulation of antibiotics for HLB. The nanocarriers are anticipated to be cure HLB-affected citrus trees.

Selected Publications:
Pawel Chmielarz, Sangwoo Park, Andrzej Sobkowiak, and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, “Synthesis of ß-cyclodextrin-based star polymers via a simplified electrochemically mediated ATRP”, Polymer, 2016, 88, 36.

Sangwoo Park, Pawel Chmielarz, and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, “Simplified Electrochemically Mediated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization using Sacrificial Counter Electrode” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 54, 2388.

Park, Sangwoo; Cho, Hong Yul; Wegner, Katarzyna Barbara; Burdynska, Joanna; Magenau, Andrew J. D.; Paik, Hyun-jong; Jurga, Stefan; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof, “Star Synthesis Using Macroinitiators via Electrochemically Mediated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization”, Macromolecules 2013, 46, 5856.

Magenau, Andrew J. D.; Bortolamei, Nicola; Frick, Elena; Park, Sangwoo; Gennaro, Armando; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof, "Investigation of Electrochemically Mediated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization", Macromolecules 2013, 46, 4346.

Park, S.; Cho, H. Y.; Yoon, J. A.; Kwak, Y.; Srinivasan, A.; Hollinger, J. O.; Paik, H.-j.; Matyjaszewski, K. “Photo-Cross-Linkable Thermoresponsive Star Polymers Designed for Control of Cell-Surface Interactions” Biomacromolecules 2010, 11, 2647.


Email: sangwoopark@ufl.edu

 


Graduate Students

 

 


Nick Carmean


Education:                   
Graduate Student, Chemistry, University of Florida
Advisor: Prof. Brent Sumerlin
                   
B.S., Biochemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (2013)
Advisor: Dr. Timothy E. Long

Publications:
R. Nicholas Carmean, C. Adrian Figg, Troy E. Becker, and Brent S. Sumerlin, “Closed-System One-Pot Block Copolymerization by Temperature-Modulated Monomer Segregation” Agnew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2016, 55, 8624

Christopher P. Kabb,* R. Nicholas Carmean,* and Brent S. Sumerlin, “Probing the surface-localized hyperthermia of gold nanoparticles in a microwave field using polymeric thermometers” Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 5662 * = Equal contribution

Megan R. Hill, R. Nicholas Carmean, and Brent S. Sumerlin, “Expanding the Scope of RAFT Polymerization: Recent Advances and New Horizons” Macromolecules, 2015, 48, 5459

Musan Zhang, Sean T. Hemp, Mingqiang Zhang, Michael H. Allen Jr., Richard N. Carmean, Robert B. Moore, and Timothy E. Long, “Water-dispersible cationic polyurethanes containing pendant trialkylphosphoniums” Polymer Chemistry, 2014, 5, 3795

Email: cmean17@ufl.edu

 

 


Hongyu Chen


Education:                   
Graduate Student, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida
Advisor: Dr. Wolfgang Sigmund
                   
B.S.E., Materials Science and Engineering, Hubei University
Advisor: Dr. Cao Li

Publications:
Hongyu Chen; Diwei Zheng; Jia Liu; Ying Kuang; Qilin Li; Min Zhang; Haifeng Ye; Hongyang Qin; Yanglin Xu; Cao Li; Bingbing Jiang. “pH-Sensitive drug delivery system based on modified dextrin coatedmesoporous silica nanoparticles” International Journal of biological Macromolecules, 2016, 85, 596-603. R. Nicholas Carmean, C. Adrian Figg, Troy E. Becker, and Brent S. Sumerlin, “Closed-System One-Pot Block Copolymerization by Temperature-Modulated Monomer Segregation” Agnew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2016, 55, 8624

Min Zhang; Jia Liu; Ying Kuang; Qilin Li; Hongyu Chen; Haifeng Ye; Li Guo; Yanglin Xu; Xueqin Chen; Cao Li; Bingbing Jiang. “‘Stealthy’chitosan/mesoporous silica nanoparticle based complex system for tumor-triggered intracellular drug release” J. Mater. Chem. B, 2016, 4, 3387.

Email: hongyuchen@ufl.edu

 

 


Yuqiong Dai


Education:                   
Graduate Student, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida
Advisor: Jr. John J. (Jack) Mecholsky
                   
B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Xiamen University, China (2012)
Advisor: Prof. Lizong Dai

Publications:
Nina Jiang, Yiting Xu, Yuqiong Dai, Weiang Luo and Lizong Dai. “Polyaniline Nanofibers Assembled on Alginate Microsphere for Cu2+ and Pb2+ Uptake” J. Hazardous Materials 2012, 215-216, 17-24.

Email: yuqiongdai@ufl.edu

 

 


Chris Deng


Education:                   
Ph.D. Candidate, Chemistry, University of Florida
Advisor: Prof. Brent Sumerlin

B.S., Oceanography, United States Naval Academy (2004)

Email: ccdeng@ufl.edu

 

 


Dan Dobbins


Education:                   
Graduate Student, Chemistry, University of Florida
Advisor: Prof. Brent Sumerlin
                   
B.S., Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station (2013)
Advisor: Prof. Karen L. Wooley

Email: ddobbins@chem.ufl.edu

 

 


Charlie Easterling


Education:                   
Graduate Student, Chemistry, University of Florida
Advisors: Prof. Brent Sumerlin; Prof. Gail Fanucci
                   
B.S., Polymer Science, University of Southern Mississippi (2013)
Advisor: Prof. Daniel A. Savin

Publications:
Ray, J. G.; Naik, S. S.; Hoff, E. A.; Johnson, A. J; Ly, J. T.; Easterling, C. P.; Patton, D. L.; Savin, D. A. “Stimuli-Responsive Peptide-Based ABA-Triblock Copolymers: Unique Morphology Transitions with pH.” Macromolecular Rapid Communications 2012, 33, 819-826.

Email: cpeasterling@chem.ufl.edu

 

 


C. Adrian Figg


Education:                   
Graduate Student, Chemistry, University of Florida
Advisor: Prof. Brent Sumerlin
                   
B.A., Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara (2013)
Advisors: Dr. Craig J. Hawker and Dr. Brett P. Fors

Publications:
Misch, L. M., Birkel, A., Figg, C. A., Fors, B. P., Hawker, C. J., Stucky, G. D., Seshadri, R. “Rapid microwave-assisted sol-gol preparation of Pd5-substituted LnFeO3 (Ln = Y, La): Phase formation and catalytic activity.Dalton Transactions, 2014, DOI: 10.1039/C3DT52404C

Email: figg@chem.ufl.edu

 

 


John Garrison

Education:                   
Graduate Student, Chemistry, University of Florida
Advisor: Prof. Brent Sumerlin

                   
B.S. Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Minnesota (2013)


Email: john.garrison@chem.ufl.edu

 

 

 

Sofia Goodrich

Education:                   
Graduate Student, Chemistry, University of Florida
Advisor: Prof. Brent Sumerlin

B.S., Chemistry, University of Hartford (2017)
Advisor:
Dr. Laura E. Pence

B.S., Engineering Science, Smith College (2013)
Advisor:
Dr. Borjana Mikic

B.S., East Asian Language and Literagure, Smith College (2013)
Advisor:
Dr. Sujane Wu

Publications:
Maria Ferrer, Joshua Nott, Joseph Prinke, Sofia Goodrich, Fred Massicotte, Karim Rebeiz, Steve Nesbit, Ted B. Flanagan, Andrew Craft, "Evidence for hydrogen-assisted recovery of cold-worked palladium: hydrogen solubility and mechanical properties studies" AIMS Energy, 2017, 5, 625.

Email: sl.goodrich@chem.ufl.edu

 

 

 

Megan Hill

Education:                   
Graduate Student, Chemistry, University of Florida
Advisor: Prof. Brent Sumerlin

B.S., Chemistry, California Polytechnic State University (2012)
Advisor:
Prof. Philip J. Costanzo

Publications:
J. S. Carlson, M. R. Hill, T. Young, P. J. Costanzo Polym. Chem. 2010, 1, 1423-1426.

M. R. Hill, S. Mukherjee, P. J. Costanzo, B. S. Sumerlin Polym. Chem 2012, 3, 1758-1762.

Email: mrhill@chem.ufl.edu

 

 


Chris Kabb


Education:                   
Graduate Student, Chemistry, University of Florida
Advisor: Prof. Brent Sumerlin
                   
B.S., Medicinal Chemistry, SUNY at Buffalo (2012
Advisor: Dr. Javid Rzayev

Email: cpkabb@chem.ufl.edu

 

Tomohiro Kubo


Education:                   
Graduate Student, Chemistry, University of Florida
Advisor: Prof. Brent Sumerlin
                   
B.S., Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, University of Minnesota (2013)
Advisors: Profs. Thomas R. Hoye, Timothy P. Lodge, and Jane E. Wissinger

Publications:
Schneiderman, D. K.; Gilmer, C.; Wentzel, M. T.; Martello, M. T.; Kubo, T.; Wissinger, J. E. “Sustainable Polymers in the Organic Chemistry Laboratory: Synthesis and Characterization of a Renewable Polymer from δ-Decalactone and L-Lactide.J. Chem. Educ. 2014, 91, 131−135.

McIntosh, L. D.; Kubo, T.; Lodge, T. P. “Morphology, Modulus, and Conductivity of a Triblock Terpolymer/Ionic Liquid Electrolyte Membrane.” Macromolecules 2014, DOI: 10.1021/ma4022373

Email: kubo@ufl.edu

 

 


Jacob Lessard


Education:                   
Graduate Student, Chemistry, University of Florida
Advisor: Prof. Brent Sumerlin
                   
B.S., Chemistry, University of New Hampshire, New Hampshire (2016)
Advisor: Prof. Erik B. Berda

Publications:
Cole, J. P.; Lessard, J. J.; Lyon, C. K.; Tuten, B. T., Berda, E. B., “An unexpected but efficient route to poly(norbornene imide) single-chain nanoparticles via intra-chain radical chemistry” Poly. Chem., 2015, 6, 5555-5559.

Email: jjlessard@ufl.edu

 

 


Zhao Li


Education:                   
Graduate Student, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida
Advisor: Dr. Wolfgang Sigmund
                   
B.E., Macromolecule Materials and Engineering, Shandong University, China
Advisor: Prof. Jianjun Liu

Publications:
ZHAO LI, "Research of Fire-retardant Mechanism of Intumescent Coating", Paint & Coating Industry, 2015, 19, 26-30.
ZHAO LI, "Research on Synthetic Process of Melamine Resin", Shandong Chemical Industry, 2015, 45(11), 8-11.

Email: zhaoli1211@ufl.edu

 

 


Emeline Lochmaier

Education:                   
Graduate Student, Chemistry, University of Florida
Advisor: Prof. Brent Sumerlin

                   
B.S. Biochemistry, United States Air Force Academy (2017)
Advisor: Prof. Scott Iacono


Email: emelinelochmaier@ufl.edu

 

 


Rebecca Olson


Education:                   
Ph.D. Candidate, Chemistry, University of Florida
Advisor: Prof. Brent Sumerlin
                   
B.S.E, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University (2016)
Advisor: Prof. Stuart J. Rowan

Publications:
Balkenende, D.W.R.; Olson, R. A.; Balog, S.; Weder, C.; Montero de Espinosa, L. “Epoxy Resin-Inspired Reconfigurable Supramolecular Networks” Macromolecules 2016, 49 (20), 7877-7885.

Cudjoe, E.; Hunsen, M.; Xue, Z.; Way, A. E.; Barrios, E.; Olson, R. A.; Hore, M. J. A.; Rowan, S. J. “Miscanthus Giganteus: A commercially viable sustainable source of cellulose nanocrystals” Carbohydr. Polym. 2016, 155, 230-241.

Email: rao29@ufl.edu

 

 


Digvijayee Pal


Education:                   
Graduate Student, Chemistry, University of Florida
Advisor: Prof. Brent Sumerlin
                   
B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, University of Calcutta (2017)
Advisor: Dr. Debajyoti Goswami
                   
B.Sc., Chemistry, University of Calcutta (2014)

Email: dpal@ufl.edu

 

 


Moises Romero Reyes


Education:                   
Graduate Student, Chemistry, University of Florida
Advisor: Prof. Brent Sumerlin
                   
B.S., Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico (2016)
Advisor: Moises Romero-Ortega

Publications:
Moises A. Romero-Reyes, Ivann Zaragoza-Galicia, Horacio F. Olivo, and Moises Romero-Ortega* “Chemoselective Reduction of Trichloromethyl Compounds to gem-Dichloromethyl Groups Following Appel’s Reaction Protocol” J. Org. Chem. 2016, 81 (19) (20), 9515–9519.

Email: m.romeroreyes@ufl.edu

Georg Scheutz


Education:                   
Graduate Student, Chemistry, University of Florida
Advisor: Prof. Brent Sumerlin

B.S., Chemistry, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna (2014)
Advisor: Prof. Robert Liska

Email: gscheutz@chem.ufl.edu

Michael Sims


Education:                   
Graduate Student, Chemistry, University of Florida
Advisor: Prof. Brent Sumerlin

B.S., Polymer Science, Chemistry, University of Southern Mississippi (2014)
Advisors: Prof. Charles L. McCormick; Prof. Douglas S. Masterson

Email: mbsims@ufl.edu

   

Undergraduate and REU Students

Luis Felipe Garcia


Education:                   
B.S. Candidate, Chemistry, University of Florida
Advisor: Prof. Brent Sumerlin

Email: luisfgarcia@ufl.edu

Rachel Jaye


Education:                   
B.S. Candidate, Animal Sciences (Animal Biology Specialization), University of Florida
Advisor: Prof. Brent Sumerlin

Email: rwechsler13@ufl.edu

Tristin Latty


Education:                   
B.S. Candidate, Biochemistry, University of Florida
Advisor: Prof. Brent Sumerlin

Email: tlatty@gmail.com

Jose Sanchez


Education:                   
B.S. Candidate, Biology, University of Florida
Advisor: Prof. Brent Sumerlin

Email: josesanchez97@ufl.edu

Jeremy Swartz


Education:                   
B.S. Candidate, Biochemistry, University of Florida
Advisor: Prof. Brent Sumerlin

Email: jlswartz96@ufl.edu

Maxym Tansky


Education:                   
B.S. Candidate, Biochemistry, University of Florida
Advisor: Prof. Brent Sumerlin

Email: mtansky@ufl.edu