Kennemur Research Group

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.


New Publication


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


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

New Publication

May 28th, 2019

Rob, Cuneyt, and REU student, Natalie published their work in Polymer Chemistry entitled "Cationic Copolymerization of Isosorbide Towards Value-added Poly(vinyl ethers)". Great work!

Cuneyt graduates and is accepted into FSU Medical School

May 8, 2019

Congratulations to Cuneyt Ozkardes. He graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and was recently notified on his acceptance into the FSU Medical School Class of 2024. Great job!

Aaron Wins Undergraduate Research Award and Graduates

April 29th, 2019

Aaron won the FSU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Undergraduate Research Award. He graduates in May and will be starting a summer internship at Bristol-Myers Squibb. In fall, he will start graduate school at Scripps Research, La Jolla Campus. He has done great work in our lab. Good luck in your future endeavors! 

Dr. William Neary Defends Dissertation

April 13th, 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Billy Neary who successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization of Low Ring Strained Monomers".

Dr. Robert Keiber III Defends Dissertation

April 10th, 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Rob Keiber III. He successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Investigations into Structure-Property Relationships of Novel Polymers Synthesized Primarily from Bio-Renewable Resources". 

Second Year Talks

Feburary 14, 2019

Gina and Taylor gave talks to the department on the research they have been conducting since joining the lab. Good job!

New Publication - ACS Editors' Choice

February 12th, 2019

JGK has published a Perspective entitled "Poly(vinylpyridine) Segments in Block Copolymers: Synthesis, Self-Assembly, and Versatility". It highlights the synthetic advancements in block polymerizations utilizing vinylpyridines and discusses the interesting properties these block polymers have. Thanks to ACS Editors Choice, this manuscript is now open access to everyone!

New Publication

Decemeber 20th, 2018

Billy and JGK published a Viewpoint entitled "Polypentenamer Renaissance: Challenges and Opportunities". It highlights the challenges and recent advancement in polypentenamers, discussing the synthesis, mechanical properties, and complex architectures that can be achieved for these systems.  Congratulations!

Congratulations to new Ph.D. Candidates

December 6th, 2018

Congratulations to Mark and Nam for successfully passing their Ph.D. candidacy exams 

Aaron gives talk at SERMACS

November 2nd, 2018

Aaron gave a talk at SERMACS 2018 entitled "Synthesis and Properties of a Precision Polyelectrolyte with a Five-Carbon Phenylsulfonic Acid Topology" Great job Aaron!

Aaron awarded Travel Grant from FSU

September 27th, 2018

FSU has awarded Aaron the Arts and Sciences Travel Grant. This will be used to support attendance at SERMACS 2018 to present his research on precision polyelectrolytes. Congratulations, Aaron! 

Welcom Karli Moretti and Lindsay Hughes

September 24th, 2018

We welcome two new undergraduate researchers into the lab, Karli and Lindsay. Karli will be working with Gina on the precision polypentenamers and Lindsay will be working with Taylor on our bottlebrush systems. Glad to have y'all on board.

New Publication

August 22, 2018

Billy and Brandon published their work in ACS Macro Letters demonstrating the synthesis of and characterization of a polypentamener bottlebrush system.  Congratulations!

JGK presents at ACS Boston

August 19, 2018

JGK gave an invited talk at the ACS national meeting in Boston within the "Stereochemical Enhancement of Materials Properties" symposia. This presentation was entitled "Influencing sustainable polymer properties with isohexide stereochemistry: Synthesis and material investigations".

JGK honored as ACS PMSE Young Investigator 2018

August 20, 2018

At the ACS Boston 2018 PMSE Young Investigators' Symposium, JGK was awarded and gave a talk entitled "Five Alive: Functional polypentenamers towards a new class of bottlebrush systems and their place within the structure-property genome".

Collaborative Grant Funded

July 26, 2018

Prof. Daniel Hallinan (PI) in FSU/FAMU Chemical and Biological Engineering and JGK (co-PI) have received funding from the National Science Foundation's Electrochemical Systems/Energy for Sustainability program (CBET). This award offers approximately $350K over three years for their proposal entitled " "Impact of Ion Transport and Dissociation on Polymer Electrolyte Battery Rate Capability"

JGK Wins Prestigious NSF CAREER Award


JGK has been given a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation! His proposal entitled "CAREER: Bridging the Gap Between Bottlebrush and Comb Polymers with Precision Macroinitiators to Generate New Elastomeric Materials" will provide approximately $535K over the next 5 years.

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