Research Group

Current Lab Members:


Megan Cruz – PhD Candidate

Education: B.S., Biochemistry, California Polytechnic State University, 2015

Research: My research focuses on the synthesis of biodegradable thermoresponsive polyesters (TR-PEs) for biomedical applications. The TR‑PEs form coacervates above their LCST, which makes them attractive candidates for applications such as controlled drug release and degradable scaffolds.
Research Interests: Thermoresponsive polymers, drug release


Nicholas Nun – PhD candidate

Education: B.S. Chemistry

Research: My research focuses primarily on the synthesis and characterization of photoresponsive polymers.  Most commonly I incorporate alkoxyphenacyl or nitrobenzyl chromophores into my polymers to enhance degradation or alter mechanical properties.  I am also performing research on the functionalization of polyurethanes for use in biomedical applications.
Research Interests: Polymer synthesis, photoresponsive polymers, biomaterials, sustainable polymers


Qianhui Liu – PhD Candidate









Education: B.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, 2013

M.S., Polymer Science, University of Akron, 2015

Research: My research focuses on tunable functionalized polyesters used as biomaterials. The polyester was synthesized through carbodiimide-mediated coupling of diols and diacids and via changing various functional pendant groups as well as different length of diacid, corresponding properties of the polyester were studied systematically.
Research Interests: Polymer Chemistry, Drug Delivery


Kaushik Mishra- PhD Candidate

Education: B. Tech, Polymer Science and Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India, 2010

Research: My primary research focuses on controlled living polymerizations to yield an ideal block copolymer which can be synthesized reproducibly. Telechelic functionalizations of the same is being looked into for application in the field of drug delivery systems. Other pursuits include bottom-up synthesis of functional monomers for degradable block copolymers and synthesis of novel photo-responsive adhesives. My research interests are broad but meet at the intersection of functional organic materials, polymer chemistry and biomaterials.
Research Interests: Molecule Design, Living Polymerizations, Drug Delivery, Adhesives


Xinhao Liu – PhD Candidate


Education: M.S., Polymer Science, University of Akron, 2018

B.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Engineering, 2016

Research: My research aims to the synthesis the nanoparticle to enhance the sensitivity of MRI contrast agents. Based on the monomer in lab, introducing the crosslinking groups can lead to form the core of the nanoparticle. By controlling the composition of other monomers, it contributes to load of the contrast agents and shorten the relation of contrast agents.
Research Interests: Polymer synthesis


Tanmay Jain- PhD Candidate

Education:B. Tech, Surface Coating Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology, 2014


Research: I am working on developing low modulus solvent and Initiator free degradable polymers for ambient temperature 3D printing. Current materials for 3D printing often use small molecules like photoinitiators, photosensitizers, monomers etc as well as processing aids like high temperatures and solvents. Such small molecules in 3D printed materials for biomedical implants pose regulatory challenges since their  leaching can cause unpredictable inflammatory  reactions. The ambient condition printing is necessary to incorporate sensitive bioactive molecules during the 3D printing process. I am trying to understand the effect of such bioactive molecules on the quality of 3D printed structures. I am also trying to correlate the bulk material properties of a polymer to its 3D printing parameters to achieve good quality 3D prints.
Research Interests: 3D Printing, Drug-polymer interaction, rheology


Amal Narayanan – PhD Candidate


Education: M. S. in Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, 2015

Research: I am presently looking at the mussel-inspired, hydrolytically-degradable wet-adhesives with unconventional cohesive and adhesive components. My research involves synthesis of innovative biomaterials and spectroscopic analysis of the decisive adhesion components both in bulk and at the surface.
Research Interests: Synthetic biomaterials, wet-adhesives, self-assembly and surfaces


Mangaldeep Kundu – PhD Candidate

Education: M.S. in Chemistry, University of Calcutta, 2015, B.S. in Chemistry, Ramakrishna Mission Residential College Narendrapur, 2013

Research: I am interested in synthesizing biodegradable thermoresponsive polyesters suitable for protein/drug delivery application. Above certain temperature (LCST), these polymers form coacervate which can encapsulate target molecules. The main purpose is to find and trigger the non-covalent forces inside the coacervate system to achieve higher encapsulation efficiency. Currently, I am using 2D NOESY, DOSY & STD NMR techniques (in 750 MHz machine) to achieve this.
Research Interests:


Yen-Ming Tseng – PhD Candidate

Education: M. S. in Chemistry, National Tsing Hua University, 2011

Research: My research focuses on polyurethane polymers which can be further applied to 3D printing and adhesives.
Research Interests: Photoresponsive polymers

Apoorva Vishwakarma – PhD Candidate

Education: B.Tech., Polymer Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, 2016

Research: I’m particularly interested in polymers that are inherently antimicrobial and effective against microbial biofilms. I’m currently working on understanding the structure-activity relationships of such polymers and modifying them to be useful in eradicating clinically relevant infections.
Research Interests: Antimicrobial Polymers, Antibiofilm Polymers, Clinical Microbiology


Chinnapatch Tantisuwanno – PhD Candidate







Education: B. S. Chemistry, Prince of Songkla  University, Thailand

Research: Synthesis and modify polymer for antimicrobial and bio-film application.
Research Interests: Biomaterial synthesis, Polymer functionalization


Wenbo Ma – Masters Student


Research: My research focuses on polyesters which for electrospinning.
Research Interests: Electrospinning

Prior Group Members/Alumni:

Dr. Chao Peng – PhD 2018 | Currently Research Scientist, Ecovia Renewables, Michigan

Zhouran Li – Masters 2018 | Currently studying Management Engineering Technology, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Tian Zhang – Masters 2018 | Currently PhD candidate, University of British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Steven Mankoci – PhD 2018 | Currently Scientist, Wacker Chemie, Michigan

Xiaohong Liu – Masters, 2017 | Currently PhD candidate, Eindhovan University of Technology, Netherlands

Xinyi Wang – Masters, 2017  | Currently PhD candidate, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Dr. Elaheh A. Chamsaz – PhD Candidate 2012-2017 | Currently Principal Research Scientist, METSS Corporation, Columbus

Dr. S. R. Govindarajan – PhD candidate 2011-2016 | Currently Scientist, SOMOS at DSM, Chicago

Tianyu Li – Masters, 2016 | Currently PhD candidate, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Gunnan Wang – Masters, 2016 | Currently PhD candidate, University of New South Wales, Australia

Yixuan Xie – Masters, 2016 | Currently PhD candidate, Univeristy of California, Davis

Dr. John P. Swanson – PhD Candidate 2011-2016 | Currently Senior R&D Engineer at PolyOne, Ohio

Dr. Bhadra Palakollu – Visiting PhD student, 05/2015-10/2016 | Currently Research Scientist, Pharma, India

Dr. Malgorzata Wojtczak – Postdoctoral Research, 8/2015- 2/2016 |  Currently Postdoctoral Research at University of Compiegne, France

Dr. Ying Xu – PhD candidate, 2010-2015 | Postdoctoral Researcher, Nanjing University, China

Dr. Shuangyi Sun – PhD candidate, 2010-2015 | Research Engineer, Wanhua Chemical Group Co., Ltd

Rick Keiser – Masters, 2015 | Currently PhD candidate at Northeast Ohio Medical School

Dr. Sachin Ghokale – Postdoctoral Researcher, 2010-2013 | Currently Senior Research Investigator at Syngene International Limited, India

Dr. Murthy Maddipatla – Postdoctoral Researcher, 2011-2013 | Currently Product Development Scientist & Tech Serv at Hexion Inc.

Weizheng Fan – Masters, 2013 | Currently PhD Candidate at University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

Xuegang Yuan – Masters, 2013 | Currently PhD Candidate at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida