Tew Research Group

Tew Research Group

Phone: 413-577-1612
Email: tew@mail.pse.umass.edu

Meet the Tew Group!

Degree Information:

B.S. Chemistry, North Carolina State University, 1995
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2000

Mailing Address:

Department of Polymer Science and Engineering
Room: A617, Conte Research Center
University of Massachusetts Amherst
120 Governors Drive
Amherst, MA 01003

Research Interests

Bioinspired and biomimetic structures, supramolecular polymer science, directed self-assembly, self-organization, well-defined macromolecular architectures, metal-containing polymers, membrane biophysics, physical organic chemistry, sensors, hydrogels, anion exchange membranes, alkaline fuel cells.

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Current Research

Macromolecular research in this century will be defined by discoveries at the interface of chemistry, biology, and materials science. Research in the Tew group is focused on problems at this interface. A common theme of all projects in the group is the use of modern synthetic organic chemistry to build interesting, novel macromolecules which are chemically rich and to study their properties using various physical methods. In one major thrust, we are interested in understanding how to program molecules with the necessary information to self-order into complex, hierarchical functional materials. Another thrust is elucidating the rules required to create biomimetics with structure and function rivaling proteins. This leads to materials with an array of interesting properties from sensors and magnetism to drug delivery and alkaline anion exchange membranes. Recent interests include novel water-soluble macromolecules for drug delivery and unique metal-containing polymers which are magnetic. We have new membranes for Li-ion conduction and novel polycations for alkaline fuel cell membranes. These endeavors are facilitated by intellectual creativity and significant scientific freedom is encouraged within the group. The group is composed of highly motivated students and we welcome your contributions in this exciting research endeavor. Students in the group are actively engaged in multi-disciplinary research, master many experimental techniques beyond synthetic methods, and are ideally positioned for future cutting-edge research positions in industry, academia, and government laboratories upon graduating from the group.

Honors and Distinctions:

  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) 2014 College of Fellows
  • American Chemical Society-Div. of Polymer Chemistry-2013 Distinguished Service Award
  • American Chemical Society-Div. of Polymer Chemistry-2013 Fellow
  • American Chemical Society-Div. of Polymer Chemistry-Chair
  • American Chemical Society-Div. of Polymer Chemistry-Chair-Elect
  • American Chemical Society-Div. of Polymer Chemistry-Vice Chair
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Polymer Competence Center, Leoben, GmbH (PCCL)
  • Selected as Member of Faculty 1000, Macromolecular Chemistry Section
  • American Chemical Society-Division of Polymer Chemistry-2010 Polymer Division Fellow
  • Member, Defense Sciences Study Group of the Institute for Defense Analysses (DSSG)
  • American Chemical Society Polymer Division Mark Young Scholar
  • IUPAC MACRO International Samsung Young Polymer Scientist Award
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award
  • Army Research Office Young Investigator
  • DuPont Young Faculty Grant
  • Founder of PolyMedix, Inc - a cutting edge biomimetic design company
  • Co-Coordinator, CUMIRP Cluster B: Polymers in the BioArena