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Dr. Michael Kilbey – Advisor, Associate Head of the Graduate Education

Graduate Students

Nia Parker

High-Performance Polymer Additives for 3D-Printing:  My research focuses on investigating how the thermochemical properties of a PS matrix can be changed when low levels of the high performance polymer poly(2,6-dimethyl- 1,4-phenylene oxide) (PPO) are used as a blend or as an additive. By varying the loading levels of PPO as well as the molecular design of PPO-based copolymers we can assess, by thermomechanical testing, how the presence of these PPO-based additives influence the properties of FDM printed parts.

Danielle Chun

Polymer-Grafted Surfaces for CO2 Adsorption: Our ability to integrate different monomers and architectures in the molecular design of polymers gives the adsorption technique a competitive advantage in CO2 sequestration technologies. The goal is to accomplish our unique monomer synthesis and polymerization. The resulting polymer is surface-grafted to create a CO2-adsorption system that can be characterized and analyzed by NMR, GPC, ellipsometry, and neutron scattering. Flue gas simulation testing will be performed to analyze the adsorption capacity of our system.

Abby Linhart 

Donor-Acceptor Conjugated Polymers:  My research focuses on synthesizing DPP and thiophene based conjugated polymers of varying structural attributes to explore the impact on electrical conductivity.  Specifically, these polymers will be molecularly doped and then characterized via GPC, AFM, and GISAXS/GIWAXS to identify key morphological characteristics and then relate them to electrical performance (i.e., conductivity).  This offers insight into what polymer properties are most advantageous for high performance organic electronics.

Candice Halbert

Evan Holt

3D-Printing Materials with Reduced Graphene Oxide (rGO): My research focuses on incorporating rGO into different 3D-printable polymers. My goal is to see how changing rGO loading levels within the polymeric system affects print quality and conductive properties. These polymers will be characterized using a variety of thermomechanical testing to assess their printability, conductivity, and strength. The outcome of this research will expand the scope of 3D-printable materials and help understand the morphology of blends of rGO with different polymeric systems.

KJ Bell

Role of Connectivity in Purine-based Conjugated Copolymers: Purines are a naturally occurring structure found in DNA and RNA that are amenable to various synthetic modifications. Previous work in our group has shown that utilizing purines
enables access to highly fluorescent small molecule and polymeric materials with application in
OLED devices. This was enabled through the exemplary 2,6-position of pyrimidine ring which
has been alluded to exhibit cross-conjugated properties. My project involves designing 2,8- and
6,8-connected purine-based small molecules and polymers. These pathways will help further
elucidate the impact that the 2-, 6-, and 8-position have on site-specific reactivity, photophysical
properties, and morphology of purine-based conjugated copolymers.

Manvendra Singh

Conjugated Copolymers

Undergraduate Students

Jana Kirkpatrick

Kilbey Group Alumni

  • Bishal Upadhyay, M.S., Research and Developmental Scientist at SACO AEI Polymers
  • William Ledford, Ph.D., Material Scientist at Nel Hydrogen
  • Elizabeth O’Connell, Ph.D., Patient Scientist at Quarles & Brady LLP
  • Sina Sabury, Ph.D., Senior Scientist at Bakelite Synthetics
  • Dayton Street, Ph.D., Applications Development Scientist at Eastman Chemical Company
  • Rachel Ramirez, Ph.D.
  • Graham Collier, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi
  • Chaitra V. Deodhar, PhD.
  • Anna Zetterberg
  • Camille Kite, M.S., Quality Control Chemist for Sigma Aldrich
  • Juan Pablo Hinestrosa, Ph.D, Research Chemist at Biological Dynamics.
  • Jose Alonzo, Ph.D., Engineer in Reliability Physics at First Solar, Inc
  • Jeremiah Woodcock, PhD. NIST
  • Erick Soto-Cantu, PhD. 3M