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PSE shares a short video - pictures of our doctoral graduates, friends and families.

2020 PSE Graduation Celebration Video

May 8, 2020

PSE students and faculty doing one of the things they love best - Outreach!

Holyoke Public Schools Media Center created this terrific video of the outreach event from January 29, 2020!

.Holyoke STEM Academy / Conte Polymer...

February 5, 2020
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Research by Evon S. Petek* and Reika Katsumata* was recently published in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics.  In this paper, a review of contact angle and surface energy measurements for thin polymer films revealed that the critical... Read More...

December 28, 2022
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Research by Zhefei Yang*, Deborah Snyder*, James Nicolas Pagaduan*, Abraham Waldman* Alfred J. Crosby*, and Todd Emrick* was recently published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. In this paper, researchers reported a... Read More...

December 28, 2022
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Pei Bian* and Thomas J. McCarthy* recently published a paper in ACS Macro Letters entitled, Hemisilicone Elastomers that are Recyclable to the Monomer. In this research, the linear polymer, –(SiMe2–O–SiMe2–CH2CH2)n–, which can be... Read More...

November 23, 2022
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Brandon R. Clarke*, Hyemin Kim*, Mark Ilton, James J. Watkins*, Alfred J. Crosby*, and Gregory N. Tew* have published a paper in Macromolecules entitled The Impact of Polymerization Chemistry on the Mechanical Properties of Poly(... Read More...

November 16, 2022
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Yifeng Du,* Yuhui Du,* Stefano Lazzari, Tom Reimers,* Rupert Konradi, Thomas W. Holcombe and E. Bryan Coughlin* published their research in the journal Polymer Chemistry.  This paper is entitled, "Mechanistic investigation of cyclic... Read More...

November 14, 2022
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Reika Katsumata received the prestigious PRESTO Award from the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

The PRESTO award is one of the most distinguished awards for early-career researchers who are either Japanese citizens or... Read More...

October 3, 2022
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Di Jia and M. Muthukumar have published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 

“The significance of the discovery that dipoles drive the assembly of polymers is immense,” says Muthukumar, “... Read More...

September 28, 2022
JWei research image vapor-phase deposition

Xiaoshuang (June) Wei* and Laura C. Bradley* have recently published their paper entitled, Accessing Thin Film Wetting Regimes During Polymer Growth by Initiated Chemical Vapor Deposition, in Langmuir. In this work the researchers ... Read More...

September 22, 2022
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Shiva Asapu, James Nicolas Pagaduan,* Ye Zhuo, Taehwan Moon, Rivu Midya, Dawei Gao, Jungmin Lee, Qing Wu, Mark Barnell, Sabyasachi Ganguli, Reika Katsumata,* Yong Chen, Qiangfei Xia, and Jianhua Joshua Yang have published a paper in... Read More...

September 21, 2022
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The PSE Department is delighted to announce the hiring of Professor Steve Granick, who has been nominated for, and will soon be affirmed as, the new Robert Barrett Chair of Polymer Science and Engineering.  Granick is a world-renowned... Read More...

September 12, 2022
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Reika Katsumata has received the 2022 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, which recognizes 20 outstanding early-career faculty members from across the nation who were nominated by 3M researchers based on their research accomplishments,... Read More...

September 12, 2022
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Evon S. Petek* and Reika Katsumata* have published a paper in Macromolecules. In this paper, entitled Thickness Dependence of Contact Angles in Multilayered Ultrathin Polymer Films, the wetting behavior of bilayer ultrathin polymer... Read More...

September 11, 2022
Todd Emrick and Tom Russell at ACS Symposium

The 2022 ACS Fall Meeting included a symposium in recognition of Tom Russell's profound impact in polymer science. The symposium "Polymer Self-Assembly & Interfaces: Symposium Honoring Thomas P Russell's Career in Polymer Science"... Read More...

August 31, 2022
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A paper by Yan Cong*, Zhaoxia Li*, Pei Bian* and Thomas J. McCarthy* was recently published in Macromolecules. This paper, entitled Isomeric Silicones: Reactive Phenylsilsesquioxane-based MT Resins and Comments Concerning the Structure... Read More...

August 8, 2022
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A paper entitled "Bond strength regime dictates stress relaxation behavior" has just been published in Soft Matter by Ipek Sacligil,* Christopher W. Barney,* Alfred J. Crosby* and Gregory N. Tew*. This work utilizes in situ crosslinked... Read More...

August 8, 2022
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Robert N. Enright* and Laura C. Bradley* have published a paper entitled "Self-Wrinkling Vapor-Deposited Polymer Films with Tunable Patterns" in Advanced Functional Materials. In this work, the authors uncover the origins of self-... Read More...

July 18, 2022
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Jerred Wassgren*, M. Bachir Messikh* and Kenneth R. Carter* have recently published a paper entitled, "Oxidized cellulose nanofibers modified with arginine" in the journal Cellulose. Using a 2-step, water-soluble coupling technique,... Read More...

July 18, 2022
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A paper entitled "Relating the Degree of Nanofiller Functionality to the Glass Transition Temperature and Structure in a Polymer–Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane Nanocomposite" was recently published in Macromolecules by Walter W.... Read More...

June 15, 2022