Robert Mathers

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Distinguished Professor, Science
Engineering, 122B

polymer chemistry, catalysis, renewable resources, green chemistry, sustainable materials

Exploring polymer solubility with thermally-responsive Diels-Alder monomers: Revisiting the monkey's fist, JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE - 2022
Collaborators: Greg Bisbjerg, Author; Ginger Brown, Author; Kimberly Pham, Author; Array de Kock, Ryan A., Author; William Ramos, Author; Jordan Patierno, Author; Aleyda Bautista, Author; Natalie Zawalick, Author; Viviana Vigil, Author; John Padrnos, Author; Michael Heying, Author; Philip Costanzo, Author

Log P-oct/SA Predicts the Thermoresponsive Behavior of P(DMA-co-RA) Statistical Copolymers, ACS MACRO LETTERS - 2022
Collaborators: Irem Akar, Author; Jeffrey Foster, Author; Xiyue Leng, Author; Amanda Pearce, Author; Rachel O'Reilly, Author

Minimalistic ice recrystallisation inhibitors based on phenylalanine, CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS - 2022
Collaborators: Matthew Warren, Author; Iain Galpin, Author; Muhammad Hasan, Author; Steven Hindmarsh, Author; John Padrnos, Author; Charlotte Edwards-Gayle, Author; Dave Adams, Author; Gabriele Sosso, Author; Array Gibson, Matthew, I, Author

Sugar-Based Polymers with Stereochemistry-Dependent Degradability and Mechanical Properties, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY - 2022
Collaborators: Connor Stubbs, Author; Joshua Worch, Author; Hannah Prydderch, Author; Zilu Wang, Author; Array Dobrynin, Andrey, V, Author; Matthew Becker, Author; Andrew Dove, Author

Sustainable Polymers: Our Evolving Understanding, ACCOUNTS OF CHEMICAL RESEARCH - 2022
Collaborator: Array Getzler, Yutan D. Y. L., Author

Spinodal decomposition of chemically fueled polymer solutions, Soft Matter - May, 2021
Collaborators: Jonas Heckel, Author; Fabio Batti, Author; Andreas Walther, Author

Chemically Fueled Volume Phase Transition of Polyacid Microgels, Angewandte Chemie - February, 2021
Collaborators: Jonas Heckel, Author; Sebastian Loescher, Author; Andreas Walther, Author

Polymers for a Sustainable Future, Macromolecular Rapid Communications - February 1, 2021
Collaborators: Philip Scholten, Author; Jie Cai, Author

Combinatorial Biomaterials Discovery Strategy to Identify New Macromolecular Cryoprotectants, ACS MACRO LETTERS - 2020
Collaborators: Christopher Stubbs, Author; Kathryn Murray, Author; Toni Ishibe, Author; Matthew Gibson, Author

Toward Next-Generation Biohybrid Catalyst Design: Influence of Degree of Polymerization on Enzyme Activity, BIOCONJUGATE CHEMISTRY - 2020
Collaborators: Marina Kovaliov, Author; Thaiesha Wright, Author; Boyle Cheng, Author; Xiangyu Zhang, Author; Dong Meng, Author; Katarzyna Szczesniak, Author; Jacek Jenczyk, Author; Stefan Jurga, Author; Devora Cohen-Karni, Author; Richard Page, Author; Dominik Konkolewicz, Author; Saadyah Averick, Author

Effect of Hydrophobic Groups on Antimicrobial and Hemolytic Activity: Developing a Predictive Tool for Ternary Antimicrobial Polymers, Biomacromolecules - November 13, 2020
Collaborators: Pham Phuong, Author; Susan Oliver, Author; Junchen He, Author; Edgar Wong, Author; Cyrille Boyer, Author

100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: The Role of Hydrophobicity in Polymer Phenomena, ACS Macro Letters - November 4, 2020
Collaborators: Jeffrey Foster, Author; Irem Akar, Author; Marcus Grocott, Author; Amanda Pearce, Author; Rachel O'Reilly, Author

Grafting Density Governs the Thermoresponsive Behavior of P(OEGMA-co-RMA) Statistical Copolymers, ACS Macro Letters - August 18, 2020
Collaborators: Irem Akar, Author; Robert Keogh, Author; Lewis Blackman, Author; Jeffrey Foster, Author; Rachel O'Reilly, Author

Synthesis and Characterization of a Leucine-Based Block Co-Polypeptide: The Effect of the Leucine Zipper on Self-Assembly, BIOMACROMOLECULES - May 7, 2020
Collaborators: Brooke Barnes, Author; Taylor Jenkins, Author; Lauren Stein, Author; Masita Wicaksana, Author; Melissa Pasquinelli, Author; Daniel Savin, Author

Ranking environmental degradation trends of plastic marine debris based on physical properties and molecular structure, NATURE COMMUNICATIONS - January, 2020
Collaborators: Kyungjun Min, Author; Joseph Cuiffi, Author

Dyeing to Degrade: A Bioplastics Experiment for College and High School Classrooms, Journal of Chemical Education - 2019
Collaborators: Cassandra Knutson, Author; Abby Hilker, Author; Zachary Tolstyka, Author; Constance Anderson, Author; Perry Wilbon, Author; Michael Wentzel, Author; Angela Perkins, Author; Jane Wissinger, Author

Predicting Monomers for Use in Aqueous Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly, ACS MACRO LETTERS - 2019
Collaborators: Spyridon Varlas, Author; Jeffrey Foster, Author; Lucy Arkinstall, Author; Joseph Jones, Author; Robert Keogh, Author; Rachel O'Reilly, Author

SuFEx-based strategies for the preparation of functional particles and cation exchange resins, CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS - 2019
Collaborators: Andrew Kassick, Author; Li Chen, Author; Marina Kovaliov, Author; Jason Locklin, Author; Saadyah Averick, Author

Uniform Biodegradable Fiber-Like Micelles and Block Comicelles via "Living" Crystallization-Driven Self-Assembly of Poly(-lactide) Block Copolymers: The Importance of Reducing Unimer Self-Nucleation via Hydrogen Bond Disruption, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY - 2019
Collaborators: Yunxiang He, Author; Jean-Charles Eloi, Author; Robert Harniman, Author; Robert Richardson, Author; George Whittell, Author; Andrew Dove, Author; Rachel O'Reilly, Author; Ian Manners, Author

Quantitative Measurements of Polymer Hydrophobicity Based on Functional Group Identity and Oligomer Length, MACROMOLECULES - 2018
Collaborators: Nayanthara Dharmaratne, Author; Array Jouaneh, Terra Marie M., Author; Matthew Kiesewetter, Author

Predicting Monomers for Use in Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly., Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English) - November 26, 2018
Collaborators: J Foster, Author; S Varlas, Author; B Couturaud, Author; J Jones, Author; R Keogh, Author; R O'Reilly, Author

Overview of ring opening metathesis polymerizations (ROMP) and acyclic diene metathesis (ADMET) polymerizations with selected ruthenium and molybdenum complexes - May, 2018

1D vs. 2D shape selectivity in the crystallization-driven self-assembly of polylactide block copolymers - 2017
Collaborators: Maria Inam, Co-Author; Graeme Cambridge, Co-Author; Anais Pitto-Barry, Co-Author; Zachary Laker, Co-Author; Neil Wilson, Co-Author; Andrew Dove, Primary Author; Rachel O'Reilly, Primary Author

Functionalization of polyesters with multiple B vitamins - June 16, 2017
Collaborators: Andrew Soxman, Student Author; Jenna DeLuca, Student Author; Kylie Kinlough, Student Author; David Iwig, Co-Author

Unusual physical behaviour and polymorphic phase transitions in crystalline bicyclic anhydrides, Cryst. Eng. Comm. - 2017
Collaborators: Sebastian Jezowski, Primary Author; Stephen Monaco; Hemant Yennawar, Co-Author; Nichole Wonderling, Co-Author; Bohdan Schatschneider, Author

Zinc versus Magnesium: Orthogonal Catalyst Reactivity in Selective Polymerizations of Epoxides, Bio-derived Anhydrides and Carbon Dioxide, Chemistry – A European Journal - 2017
Collaborators: Prabhjot Saini, Co-Author; Giulia Fiorani, Co-Author; Charlotte Williams, Primary Author

Synthetic Design of Polyester Electrolytes Guided by Hydrophobicity Calculations, Macromolecules - 2016
Collaborators: Erol Yildirim, Author; Deivasagayam Dakshinamoorthy, Author; Matthew Peretic, Author; Melissa Pasquinelli, Author

Post Polymer Modification of Polyethylenimine with Citrate Esters: Selectivity and Hydrophobicity, RSC Advances - May, 2016
Collaborator: Justine Waggel, Student Author

Azeotropic Preparation of a C-Phenyl N-Aryl Imine: An Organic Chemistry Laboratory Experiment, Journal of Chemical Education
Collaborators: Lee Silverberg; John Tierney

Systematic Insights from Medicinal Chemistry to Discern the Nature of Polymer Hydrophobicity , Macromolecules
Collaborators: Andrew Magenau, Secondary Author; Jeffrey Richards, Student Author; Mellisa Pasquinelli, Secondary Author; Daniel Savin, Secondary Author

Moving Towards Greener Cationic Polymerizations - July, 2015
Collaborators: Stewart Lewis, Co-Author; D. Dakshinamoorthy, Co-Author

Exploration of the transition temperatures and crystal structure of highly crystalline poly(1,3-cyclohexadiene): An experimental and computational investigation, Polymer - October 2, 2014
Collaborators: Bohdan Schatschneider, Primary Author; Richard Gee; Nichole Wonderling

Diglycerol-based polyesters: melt polymerization with hydrophobic anhydrides., ChemSusChem - September 30, 2014
Collaborators: D Dakshinamoorthy, Author; A Weinstock, Author; K Damodaran, Author; D Iwig, Author

A biodegradable thermoset polymer made by esterification of citric acid and glycerol, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A - May, 2014
Collaborators: Jeffrey Halpern, Author; Richard Urbanski, Author; Allison Weinstock, Author; David Iwig, Author; Horst von Recum, Author

Bulk and Solution Polymerization of Isobutene Using Tris(pentafluorophenyl)gallium and Tris(pentafluorophenyl)aluminum, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research - January 28, 2014
Collaborators: Nathan Hand, Student Author; Krishnan Damodaran, Author; Stewart Lewis, Primary Author

Crystallization of Poly(vinylidene fluoride) in Blends with Poly(methyl methacrylate-co-methacrylic acid) Copolymers, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics - January, 2014
Collaborators: Forrest Landis, Primary Author; Stephen March, Author; D Dakshinamoorthy, Secondary Author

Towards sustainable polymer chemistry with homogeneous metal-based catalysts, Green Chem. - January, 2014
Collaborators: Kristin Schroder, Secondary Author; Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Secondary Author; Kevin Noonan, Primary Author

Streamlining the conversion of biomass to polyesters: bicyclic monomers with continuous flow, Green Chem. - January, 2014
Collaborators: Deivasagayam Dakshinamoorthy, Secondary Author; Stewart Lewis, Secondary Author; Michael Cavazza, Secondary Author; Aaron Hoover, Secondary Author; David Iwig, Secondary Author; Krishnan Damodaran, Secondary Author

Overview of Controlled/Living Polymerization of Vinyl Monomers - January, 2014
Collaborators: Andrew Magneau, Secondary Author; Kristin Schröder, Secondary Author; Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Secondary Author

Greener, cleaner preparation of high molecular weight polyisobutene, J. Green Materials - October, 2013
Collaborators: Liu Qian, Student Author; Krishnan Damodaran, Secondary Author; Bhaskar Godugu, Secondary Author; Stewart Lewis, Primary Author

NMR spectroscopic and computational investigations of RuHCl(CO)(PPh3)(3)catalyzed isomerization of 1,4-cyclohexadiene, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry - October, 2013
Collaborators: James Mao, Author; Krishnan Damodaran, Author

Lactide Cyclopolymerization Kinetics, X-ray Structure, and SolutionDynamics of (Bu-t-SalAmEE)Al and a Cautionary Tale Of Polymetalate Formation, Macromolecules - May, 2013
Collaborators: Solomon Reisberg, Author; Harry Hurley, Author; Joseph Tanski, Author; Array Getzler, Yutan D. Y. L., Author

Lactide cyclopolymerization by an alumitrane-inspired catalyst, Macromolecules - 2012
Collaborators: J Weil, Co-Author; Y Getzler, Co-Author

Substituted Tris(2-pyridylmethyl)amine Ligands for Highly Active ATRP Catalysts, ACS Macro Letters - July 30, 2012
Collaborators: K Schroeder, Co-Author; J Buback, Co-Author; D Konkolewicz, Co-Author; A Magneau, Co-Author; K Matyjaszewski, Co-Author

Aqueous cationic olefin polymerization using tris(pentafluorophenyl)gallium and aluminum, J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. - April 1, 2012
Collaborator: S Lewis, Co-Author

Critical evaluation of microwave effect on radical (co)polymerizations, Macromolecular Rapid Communications - January 16, 2012
Collaborators: Y Kwak, Co-Author; K Matyjaszewski, Co-Author

How Well Can Renewable Resources Mimic Commodity Monomers and Polymers?, Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry - January 1, 2012

Collaborator: Michael Meier, Co-Editor

Advances in Acid Mediated Polymerizations - 2011
Collaborator: Stewart Lewis, Co-Author

Synthesis of renewable 1,3-cyclohexadiene using metathesis, isomerization, and cascade reactions with late-metal catalyst, Macromolecular Rapid Communications - June 3, 2011
Collaborators: Michael Shreve, Author; Etan Meyler, Author

Controlling Cross-Linking with renewable monoterpenes, Journal Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry - June 20, 2011
Collaborators: Justin Delancey, Student Author; Matthew Cavazza, Student Author; Matthew Rendos, Student Author; Cory Ulisse, Student Author; Susan Palumbo, Student Author

Monoterpenes as polymerization solvents and monomers in polymer chemistry, Green Polymerization Methods: Catalysis, Renewable Resources, and Waste Reduction - April, 2011
Collaborator: Stewart Lewis, Co-Author

Handbook of Transition Metal Polymerization Catalysts - 2010
Collaborator: Ray Hoff, Co-Editor

Ring opening metathesis polymerizations (ROMP) and acyclic diene metathesis (ADMET) polymerizations with homogeneous ruthenium and molybdenum catalysts and initiators, Handbook of Transition Metal Polymerization Catalysts - 2010

Functional Hyperbranched Polymers using Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization of Dicyclopentadiene with Monoterpenes, Macromolecules - February 10, 2009
Collaborators: Krishnan Damodaran, Secondary Author; M Rendo, Student Author; M Lavrich, Student Author

Ab initio analysis of the local coordination environment of oligomers derived from polymerizing 5-Norbornene-2-carboxylic acid, Journal of Molecular Structure: THEOCHEM - September, 2008
Collaborators: Krishnan Damodaran, Co-Author; N Dhumal, Co-Author

Solvent-free green polymerization method for polyesters using hydrocarboxylation reactions, Polymer Preprints (American Chemical Society, Division of Polymer Chemistry - August, 2008
Collaborators: Douglas Kushner; Valerie Schram

A general polymerization method using hydroalkoxylation and hydrocarboxylation reactions catalyzed by triflic acid, Macromolecules - January, 2008
Collaborators: C LeBlond, Secondary Author; Krishnan Damodaran, Secondary Author; D Kushner, Student Author; V Schram, Student Author

Renewable chain transfer agents for metallocene polymerizations: The effects of chiral monoterpenes on the polyolefin molecular weight and isotacticity, Journal of Polymer Science: Part A: Polymer Chemistry - 2007
Collaborator: Krishnan Damodaran

Ring open metathesis polymerizations in d-limonene: a renewable polymerization solvent and chain transfer agent for the synthesis of alkene macromonomers, Macromolecules - December, 2006
Collaborators: K McMahon; K Damodaran; C Retarides; D Kelley

Optically Transparent and High Molecular Weight Polyolefin Block Copolymers toward Self-Assembled Photonic Band Gap Materials, Macromolecules - February, 2006
Collaborators: J Yoon; G Coates; E Thomas

Influence of syndiotactic propylene units on the rheological parameters of poly(ethylene-propylene) copolymers, Macromolecules - October, 2005
Collaborators: L Fetters; J Lee; P Hustad; G Coates; L Archer; S Rucker; D Lohse

Structure and physical properties of syndiotactic polypropylene from living polymerization with Bis(phenoxyimine)-based Titanium catalysts, Macromolecules - November, 2004
Collaborators: C De Rosa; T Circelli; F Auriemma; G Coates

A SANS Study of the Self-Assembly in Solution of Syndiotactic Polypropylene Homopolymers, Syndiotactic Polypropylene-block-poly(ethylene-co-propylene) Diblock Copolymers, and an Alternating Atactic−Isotactic Multisegment Polypropylene, Macromolecules - September, 2004
Collaborators: A Radulescu; G Coates; D Richter; L Fetters

Fabrication of blended polyphenylenevinylene nanowires by scanned electrospinning, Journal of Photopolymerizations, Science and Technology - September, 2004
Collaborators: J Kameoka, Co-Author; R Ilic, Co-Author; D Czaplewski, Co-Author; G Coates, Co-Author; H Craighead, Co-Author

An efficient cross-metathesis functionalization of polyolefins, Chemical Communications - February, 2004
Collaborator: G Coates

PhD, Polymer Science, The University of Akron

BS, Chemistry, North Carolina State University