GROUP NEWS

New Publication in Macromolecules

07/22/2022

As promised below, congrats to Gina on her new publication in Macromolecules. Gina made the first  and only isotactic precision polyethylene derivative containing alcohol pendant at every fifth backbone carbon. In collaboration with the Alamo Lab, we determined the crystalline melting temperature increases by 65 °C when traversing from atactic to isotactic! This material presents unanswered structure-property relationships on precision materials.

Congratulations Dr. Gina Guillory

07/06/2022

Gina successfully defended her dissertation and is now the sixth Ph.D. from the Kennemur Group. On the same day of her defense we learned her new paper (story above) was accepted. Heck of a day, Congrats Gina!!

New Publication in Polymer Chemistry

07/01/2022

Congrats to Nam on his publication in Polymer Chemistry. Here the synthesis of a high-yielding post-polymerization modification is reported and produces a precision phenylsulfonyl-(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide material. In a collaboration with the Hallinan Group, we blend this material with varying compositions of PEO and monitor phase behavior and conductivity as a function of blend composition. Competitive Li-ion conductivity and transference values near unity are discovered.

New Publication in Journal of Polymer Science

05/31/2022

Congrats to Coia and Sarah on their publication in Journal of Polymer Science. They do a deep-dive into DFT calculations to understand correlations between ring strain energy and enthalpy of polymerization on ROMP of cyclopentene derivatives. 

New Publication in ACS Appl. Polym. Mater.

05/31/2022

Congrats to Gina on her publication with new collaborators Profs. Ken Hanson and Billy Oates to explore a stilbene-based photomechanical polyimide using low-energy radiation and triplet photosensitizers.

New Publication in Macromolecules

05/31/2022

Congrats to Nam on his publication with our collaborators Profs. Karen Winey and Daniel Hallinan to explore a new precision phenylsulfonyl-(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide material and Li-ion transport in low molar mass PEO blends.

JGK Gives Invited Talk at POLY Workshop

05/16/2022

JGK gave an invited talk in Napa, CA at the 2022 Polymers for Fuel Cells, Energy Storage, and Conversion Workshop hosted by the ACS POLY Division. Thanks to the organizers!

Department Awards Gina and Coia

04/29/2022

Congratulations to Gina for winning the 2022 Graduate Teaching Excellence Award in Organic Chemistry and to Coia for winning the 2022 Cheryl and Joel Rosenfeld Endowment Award!

Coia Wins POLY ACS Travel Award

03/17/2022

Congratulations to Coia on winning the ACS POLY Graduate Student Travel Award! This award will support her to give an oral presentation at the ACS Fall National Meeting in Chicago later this year.

The ACS POLY/PMSE Student Chapter at FAMU-FSU has arrived!

02/19/2022

Congrats to Courtney on becoming the 1st President of the newly registered ACS POLY/PMSE Student Chapter at FAMU-FSU. She along with an excellent executive committee organized the 1st Annual Polymer Symposium with Plenary Lectures from Profs. Davita Watkins and Ralm Ricarte. Check out their website! 

Congratulations Dr. Nam Nguyen

11/02/2021

Nam successfully defended is dissertation and is now the fifth Ph.D. from the Kennemur Group. We like the number 5. Congrats!!

Congratulations to Graduating Seniors

04/29/2022

Congratulations to Caroline (B.S. Chemistry) and Sarah (B.S. Biochemistry) on graduating! Good luck on your future endeavors!

Welcome to Emily Grumbles and Jaehoon Jang

10/15/2021

The Kennemur group welcomes our two newest graduate students, Emily and Jaehoon. More about them can be found on the members page

New Publication in MCP

10/19/2021

Congrats to Nam on his co-first authored publication in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics. Here we collaborated with Prof. Daniel Hallinan and Prof. Rufina Alamo to understand miscibility and ion transport in PEO blended with precision polyelectrolytes.

Coia and Courtney: PhD Candidates

10/20/2021

In a back-to-back double header, Coia and Courtney both passed their candidacy exams. Congrats to both of you!

Patent Awarded

10/05/2021

JGK was awarded a US Patent 11,136,426 entitled "Cyclopentene monomers and methods of polymerization" for his work discovering highly precise and isotactic PCP derivatives.

Three (virtual) Talks Given at ACS Fall 2021

08/26/2021

Congrats to Nam, Gina, and JGK who gave excellent talks at the 2021 ACS National Meeting - Atlanta/Virtual

New Publication in Polymer Chemistry

08/23/2021

Mark, Coia, and Heather published their work investigating the effects of alpha-pinene on the ROMP of delta-pinene. Congrats to all!

New Publication in Chemistry of Materials

07/27/2021

JGK collaborates with Prof. Karen Winey and Dr. Amalie Frischknecht to explore a fluorine-free precision polymer electrolyte with high proton transport.

Kennemur Research in the News

07/27/2021

FSU News and FSU Arts and Sciences highlight our recent discovery of a pine sap-based plastic with a News Article and a Research in Focus Video . The story was picked up and re-posted by several news outlets including Phys.Org and Azo Materials.

Congratulations Dr. Mark Yarolimek

07/01/2021

Mark becomes the 4th Ph.D. student from Kennemur Group and successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Materials from Biomass Feedstocks"

Kennemur does "Ask a Scientist" on Twitch

06/09/2021

JGK teams up with host Prof. Ken Hanson to perform educational outreach on plastics while simultaneously trying to beat old-school video games. Check out the YouTube Video

Four Talks Given at ACS Spring 2021

04/12/2021

Mark, Gina, Nam, and Taylor each gave a great talks at the ACS Spring Virtual Meeting. Congrats to all!