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EST. 2014

Research in the Kennemur Group focuses on the synthesis, characterization, and development of polymers inspired by the complex self-assembly and functionality of macromolecules in nature.

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October 26, 2020

Congratulations to Mark and JGK on their publication in the J. Polym. Sci.! This paper introduces an exciting new material derived from the abundant and inedible amygdalin found in fruit pits while also exploring the effects of chirality on thermal and mechanical properties of PEMMA. Check it out!

October 15, 2020

Congratulations to JGK and group alumni, Billy and Aaron, on their collaborative publication with the Winey and Frischknecht Groups in Macromolecules. They explored precise single-ion conducting polymers that are synthesized via ROMP and are capable of forming percolated ionic aggregates within glassy matrices. These aggregates display Arrhenius cation conduction with temperature that is decoupled from polymer chain dynamics!

New Publication

September 15, 2020

Brandon, Coia, and JGK published their work in Polymer Chemistry in collaboration with the Hanson Group at FSU! They discovered that tris(trimethylsilyl)silane serves as a non-toxic and kinetically superior hydrogen source for the reduction of RAFT CTAs from polymers using only light. This paper also recognizes JGK as a 2021 Pioneering Investigator and will be published in the special themed issue of Polymer Chemistry.  Congrats to all!

JGK officially promoted

August 1, 2020

JGK has been officially promoted to Associate Professor with tenure! The quest for full professor begins! Congrats!

Congratulations Dr. Brandon Fultz

July 2020

Congratulations to (now) Dr. Brandon A Fultz, the third Ph.D. student from the Kennemur Group. Brandon has accepted a position as a Lecturer of Organic Chemistry at the University of West Florida. Congrats!

New Publication

July 2, 2020

Brandon and former undergraduate Beatriz published their work in Macromolecules in collaboration with the Verduzco Group at Rice University. They discovered a method to transform poly(4-vinylpyridine)-b-poly(tert-butyl methacylate) thin films into nanostructured domains of oppositely charged polymers. These "charge mosaics" may have future application in nanopatterning, antifouling, and membrane separations. Congrats to all!

The Year of the COVID-19

April - present

The Kennemur Group is living the remote and social distancing lifestyle due to the COVID epidemic. We hope everyone out there is doing ok and staying safe. We will resume our usual business of wicked cool polymers as soon as we can.

Patent Awarded

May 5, 2020

JGK has received an official US Patent (US10640587B2) entitled: Polystyrene sulfonate analogs and methods. This patented the synthesis and discovery of precision polyelectrolytes from poly(4-phenylcyclopentene).

Mark defends 4th year talk

April 16, 2020

Congrats to Mark who successfully presented and defended his 4th Year seminar entitled: Sweet Plastics: Exploring Chirality in Sustainable Polymers Derived from Sugar and Fruit"

Gina wins travel award

March 11, 2020

Congrats to Gina who was selected for the Philip Schlenoff Endowed Excellence Award for Graduate Student Travel of year 2020. At a future date once the COVID 19 crises is over, Gina will travel to a select conference to present her research on precision isotactic polypentenamers. Congrats Gina!

JGK joins Editorial Advisory Board

Feb. 13, 2020

JGK has joined the Editorial Advisory Board of Polymer Chemistry (RSC). This journal is home for the most innovative and exciting polymer chemistry, with an emphasis on the synthesis of polymers and their applications. With a 2018 Impact Factor of 4.760, Polymer Chemistry is one of the leading publications in its field.

New Publication

Sept. 11, 2019

Gina's first paper was recently accepted into the European Polymer Journal. She explored the thermodynamics and regioregularity outcomes from ROMP of trialkylsilyl-substituted cyclopentene monomers to determine a "Goldilocks" monomer with the best of both worlds. Congrats Gina!

New Publication

Aug. 12, 2019

Congrats to Billy and Taylor for their recent publication in JACS exploring the quantitative depolymerization of bottlebrush polypentenamers and their transformation to new architectures!

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