Aaron and Billy have published a paper on precision polyethylene with a sulfonated phenyl branch on every fifth carbon. They explored synthesis, characterization, thermal properties, and insights into the polyelectrolyte effect for this unique system.
May 4, 2018
Congratulations to Stefan who successfully completed his Masters Thesis. Stefan has decided to pursue architecture and has been offered a scholarship into the masters program at UT-Austin this Fall. We wish you all the best!
Welcome Natalie Sanchez
May 29, 2018
Natalie Sanchez is an REU student from North Florida Community College who is joining the lab for the summer to research polymer synthesis, focusing in copolymerization by LED-light.
Congratulations Sam and Trevor
May 3, 2018
Congratulations to undergraduate researchers Trevor (Biochemistry) and Sam (Chemical Engineering) who graduated this spring.
JGK wins University Teaching Award
April, 11th, 2018
JGK has been selected as a recipient of a 2017-2018 University Undergraduate Teaching Awards for his efforts in the instruction of Organic Chemistry. This award carries an honorarium of $2,000 and celebration at the FSU Faculty Awards Dinner in May. More information about the award can be found here .
Triz defends honors thesis
April 3, 2018
Congratulations to Beatriz (Triz)! She successfully defended her Undergraduate Honors Thesis on the research she has done over the last two years. It was entitled "Understanding the Phenomenologies if Poly(vinylpyridine) Containing Block Polymers".
March 28, 2018
Rob and Billy published a recent paper in I&EC Research exploring the mechanical and viscoelastic properties of a precision polyolefin with a phenyl branch on every fifth carbon. Congrats! The paper was nominated by Dr. Andrew Magenau as Best Presentation in the “Dynamic Chemistry in Polymer Materials” session of the 2017 ACS Fall National Meeting in Washington, D.C. Congrats to all!
Sam presented poster as ACS NOLA 2018
March 19th, 2018
Sam presented a poster at the ACS national meeting in New Orleans. The poster was entitled "Biomass Based Polyurethanes and the Effects of Stereochemistry on Physical Properties".
JGK recognized as an Emerging Investigator
March 22, 2018
RSC Polymer Chemistry has recognized JGK as an Emerging Investigator in the 2018 Edition.
Rob attended the ACS National Meeting in New Orleans and gave a talk entitled "Synthesis of Renewable Polyurethanes Derived from Isohexide and Furans: Stereochemical Effects on Mechanical and Viscoelastic Properties".
JGK talks at ACS NOLA 2018
March 20th, 2018
JGK was invited to give a talk at the 2018 ACS National Meeting in New Orleans entitled "Low Strain, more gain: harnessing polypentenamers towards complex precision architectures".
Billy talks at ACS NOLA 2018
March 19th, 2018
Billy attended the 2018 ACS National Meeting in New Orleans to gave a talk entitled "Variable Temperature Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization of Cyclopentene and Derivatives".
March 18th, 2018
JGK co-organized a 3.5 day symposium at the ACS National Meeting in New Orleans. The symposium was entitled "Polymers with Complex Architectures: From Synthesis to Self-Assembly". Thank you to Professors Chang Ryu, Gila Stein, and Myungeun Seo for help with co-organizing a fantastic symposium!
APS DPOLY - March Meeting
March 8, 2018
JGK traveled to Los Angeles to chair a symposium at the March meeting for the DPOLY division of APS. The talks focused on bridging new polymer chemistry and polymer physics.
JGK Gives Seminar at Rice University
Feburary 15, 2018
JGK visited Rice University to give a seminar on ROMP of cyclopentenes and the new architectures and periodicities this provides. Thank you to Dr. Eilaf Egap for hosting this visit.
JGK awarded as PMSE Young Investigator
January 10, 2018
JGK has been selected as a 2018 PMSE Young Investigator for his contributions to Polymer Science and Engineering. He has been invited to present his work in the PMSE Young Investigator Symposium at the Fall 2018 ACS National Meeting in Boston (Aug. 19-23, 2018)
January 2, 2018
Stefan, Billy, and Goutam published their work in Polymer Chemistry on controlling ROMP of chiral, allylic substituted, cyclopentenes into highly regioregular and stereoregular precision microstructures. This work is part of the 2018 Emerging Investigators themed collection. Congrats to all!
Our First APS Visit
Nov. 28, 2017
JGK, Brandon, and Nam visited Argonne National Labs to do some synchotron SAXS on block polymers.
Welcome New Graduate Students
Welcome to our new graduate students, Taylor Isais and Gina Guillory!
Outreach - TLH Science Festival
October 28, 2017
Our "Get to Know Your Plastics" exhibit reached record attendance at this years Tallahassee Science Festival. Pictures can be found here
ACS - Fall 2017
August 20-24, 2017
JGK gave a talk entitled "Dynamic Polymers from Low Strain Cycloalkenes" at the 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition." PMSE 568
July 28, 2017
Rob and Sam published their work in Polymer Chemistry on the effects of isohexide stereochemistry on the material properties of biomass derived polyurethanes. Congrats!
Billy had his work on variable temperature (VT)-ROMP published in Macromolecules. Congrats Billy.
GRC Polymers 2017
June 11-16 2017
JGK was a discussion leader and William Neary presented a poster at the recent Gordon Research Conference - Polymers at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. Billy also beat Marc Hillmyer in cornhole. Thanks to Matt Becker and Brent Sumerlin for a great conference.
Welcome Morgan Martin
June 1, 2017
Morgan is an REU student from Hampton University, VA and will joining us for the summer to gain research experience in polymer synthesis.
ACS Spring - San Francisco
April 3, 2017
JGK gives a talk entitled "Variable Temperature (VT)-ROMP: Achieving Targeted Molar Mass and Low Dispersity from Low Ring-Strain Monomers" at the American Chemical Society 253rd National Meeting and Exposition.
APS March Meeting
March 17, 2017
Dr. Kennemur gives a talk entitled "Synthesis and Properties of a Precision Sulfonated Trimethylene-Styrene Polyelectrolyte" in the DPOLY Division of the APS March 2017 Meeting.
Welcome Cuneyt Ozkardes
February 1, 2017
Cuneyt excelled in Dr. Kennemur's Organic Chem I course last Fall and we are happy to welcome him for undergraduate research in the area of sustainable polymers.
Welcome New Graduate Students
We are pleased to announce our new graduate student members, Nam Nguyen and Mark Yarolimek. More information can be found on our members page. Welcome!
Congrats to our Ph.D. Candidates
Congratulations to our 3rd year Graduate Students, Rob, Brandon, and Billy for successful completion of their Ph.D. Candidacy Exams.
Welcome New Undergrads
The Kennemur Group would like to welcome our new undergraduate researchers! Trevor Hine, Beatriz Dunoyer de Segonzac, and Aaron Kendrick.
2016 FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory Regatta
September 24, 2016
Our "Get to Know Your Plastics" exhibit made its second annual appearance at the "Whatever Floats your Boat" Regatta. Participants are asked to fabricate their own boats out of trash (most of them plastic) and race them for prizes. All boats are recycled afterward so its a great opportunity to teach about plastics. Pictures can be found here
Tallahassee Science Festival
September 10, 2016
Our "Get to Know Your Plastics" exhibit provided some polymer education outreach and silly putty experiments for children at the Tallahassee Science Festival this year. Pictures from the event can be found here
Welcome Fall 2016 Graduate Students
August 26, 2016
The Kennemur Group is looking for motivated and enthusiastic students ready to pioneer polymer science! Our group meetings will be in CSL 2010 at 4:15pm on Wednesdays starting Sept. 14th. Email Dr. Kennemur if you are interested in meeting with him to discuss research.
New Laboratory Space
The Kennemur Group has moved into a new laboratory space. These conjoined hybridized labs are perfect for polymer synthesis, characterization, and processing. We also adopted a few new instuments (polarimeter, FTIR, GC) which we have repaired and brought back to working order. Check out the labs here
Kennemur Group in the Olympics
Rising 2nd year Stefan Brits has just arrived in Rio to compete in the Olympic Men's Long Jump Competition set to take place on August 12 & 13th. Stefan will be competing for his native country, South Africa. Congrats!
GRC Polymer Physics
July 25 - 29 2016
Dr. Kennemur presents a poster entitled "Exploring the Five-Carbon Branch Topology on Precision Polyolefins" at the 2016 Gordon Research Conference: Polymer Physics at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA.
Sam Wins FAME 2016 Poster Award
May 7, 2016
Congratulations to Samantha Silver for bringing home 3rd place in the 2016 Florida ACS Meeting and Exposition (FAME) undergraduate poster session. Her poster was entitled " Exploring new sustainable polymers using biomass-derived diols".
April 16, 2016
The "Get to Know Your Plastics" exhibit made another appearance, this time at the 2016 LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival in an effort to support the "Going Green in 2016" theme. We upgraded our exhibit to introduce a "make your own artist putty" table for children to do a little polymer science. More photos can be found here
Official Welcome to Michele Bohlmann
May 3, 2016
After a semester of training, Michele offically joins us this summer for undergraduate research. Michele will join Billy in the pursuit of fully characterizing the backbone microstructures of precision polypentenamers as a function of temperature, catalyst, and monomer chemistry.
Our 1st Manuscript is Live!
April 27, 2016
Congrats to Billy for his accepted manuscript on a unique copolymer analog with precisely placed phenyl substituents at every fifth carbon along the backbone.
March 13, 2016
Dr. Kennemur gives an oral presentation entitled "Precision Polyolefins from Substituted Cyclopentenes" at the 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in San Diego, CA.
It's Graduate Recruitment Season
The Kennemur Group welcome potential graduate students for the Fall 2016 semester. We are looking for enthusiastic candidates who want to persue polymer science. Check out our research page to see whats new!
October 3, 2015
The group inaugurated our new outreach exhibit entitled "Get to Know your Plastics" at the FSU Marine Laboratory's annual regatta. Local attendees were asked questions about the plastics that surround them and learned about the current challenges we face in polymer science. More info. here
Welcome Nicole Grubb
Nicole joins us as a part of FSU's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), a highly competitive accolade for top freshman and sophomores to become exposed to research early. Nicole will be using spectroscopy to study sustainable polymer degradation.
Group Bowling Tournament
August 21, 2015
After a productive summer, we celebrated with some group recreation. Congrats to Billy for winning the 1st annual Group Bowling Tournament.
Welcome Garrett Abrahamsen
September 1, 2015
As an undergraduate researcher, Garrettt will be working with Brandon on synthesis of unique triblock terpolymers.
June 25, 2015
Kennemur has received funding approval for his proposal to the American Chemical Society - Petroleum Research Fund. The Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) Award will total $110,000 over 2 years.
Summer is Here
With the installation of our glove box, kiln, glassware oven, and SEC system this spring, we move into our first summer as a fully operational laboratory. A complete description of equipment and amenities can be viewed here
May 7-9, 2015
Prof. Kennemur gives an invited talk entitled "Understanding the Interaction Parameter for Next Generation Lithographic Patterning Materials" hosted by the UF POLY/PMSE Student Chapter at the ACS 91st Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition (FAME) 2015 in Palm Harbor, FL.
May 1, 2015 - Spring Graduation Commencement Ceremony
Undergraduate researcher Stefan Brits graduates Summa Cum Laude (3.9 or higher GPA) with a B.S. in Chemical Sciences. He joins the FSU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in pursuit of a Ph.D. this fall. Congrats Stefan!
The SEC Suite is complete and our size exclusion chromatography instrument is fully installed with a 3-angle laser light scattering detector, differential pressure viscometer, and refractive index detectors. See the completion of the SEC Suite here
December 18, 2014
Although a few renovations are still in progress, we have new equipment that has been received and setup. View our equipment list (here)
4 Graduate Students Join the Group
November 17, 2014
Welcome to our first graduate students:
October 17, 2014
Although not yet fully operational, activity has begun in the CSL Labs and the first monomer synthesis has officially been performed.
Custom Manifolds Have Arrived
October 13, 2014
Hats off to Tom Dusek, our acclaimed in-house glassblower, who has completed the fabrication of 3 custom manifolds. Each features heavy wall glass construction, 4 reaction ports, a vacuum gauge port, and a custom dampener valve for reduced pressure distillations.