The Puskas Group has moved to the Ohio State University! Professor Puskas will be leading the biomaterial and biopolymer engineering program at the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE). The program will be losely related to Ohio State’s Discovery Themes Initiative (www.discovery.osu.edu) and Sustainable and Resilient Economy (SRE) program (www.discovery.osu/SRE) and plans to make global impact. The group will be part of the Materials Development Working Group of the Sustainable and Resilient Economy Discovery Theme.(Web:
si.osu.edu; Social media: @OhioStSustain).

Focus areas:
  • Natural Rubber Biosynthesis

  • Biomimetic Polymerizations, Natural Living Carbocationic Polymerization, Model Architectures for Natural Rubber

  • Green(er) Biomaterials, Polyisobutylene (PIB)-based Biomaterials, Enzyme-catalyzed Polymer Functionalization, PEG, Solventless (liquid PDMS, PIB), Surface Modification, Probing the Polymer/Bio Interface, Green dendrimers for drug delivery

  • Greener Living/controlled polymerizations, Controlled lniMer-type Polymerizations, CIMP Controlled Garbocationic IM Polymerization, CRIMP Controlled Radical I M Polymerization, Model architectures

  • Integration of Polymer-based Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment with Breast Reconstruction.


  1. Meet Nina Kantor-Malujdy!

    May 10, 2023

    Nina Kantor-Malujdy, a PhD student studying materials engineering at the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, is part of the innovative and exciting GREEN-MAP project.

  2. Meet Tomasz Konieczny!

    Apr 26, 2023

    Meet Tomasz Konieczny, a highly skilled and motivated doctoral candidate in materials engineering. He works at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Zabrze, Poland.

  3. PAPER Synthesis and characterization of Four-functional fluorescein

    Apr 21, 2023

    The synthesis of fluorescein-diacrylate (FL-DA) and four-functional fluoresceins (FL) by Michael addition of secondary amines to FL-DA was investigated. FL-DA was successfully synthesized at the ∼ 100 g level. Diallyl amine (DAA) reacted with FL-DA instantaneously. Diethanolamine (DEA) also reacted within 5 min but was unstable and hydrolyzed back to FL. Michael addition of aminodiols with longer carbon chains and diethyl-amino-diacetate (DIDA) was slower but could be accelerated using Candida antarctica lipase B (CALB) as a biocatalyst.