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. Rubber Division: Meet Chemists Who Engineer Elastic Polymers Essential to Modern Life

    Dec 16, 2022

    Rubber Division: Meet Chemists Who Engineer Elastic Polymers Essential to Modern Life

  2. IR Spectrophotometer as a Detector of Liquid Chromatographs

    Dec 2, 2022

    As a part of our effort to synthesize biopolymers from a completely renewable material source (di-linoleic diol), novel techniques of polymerization are used, e.g., Reversible Radical Recombination Polymerization (R3P). Besides methods of polymerization, analytical techniques are also being constantly developed. Recently, IR spectroscopy was successfully used to continuously monitor the process of chromatographic monomer purification. The resulting chromatogram simultaneously shows the time dependence and the wavenumber dependence of IR absorbances.

  3. Porous SIBS Membranes

    Dec 2, 2022

    Poly(styrene-isobutylene-styrene) block copolymer (SIBS) is a very versatile material. Due to its excellent biocompatibility, it can be applied safely even in the human body. Now the areas of biomedical applications were extended even further: it can also be used for filtering purposes, e.g., as a porous membrane acting as an active layer of a COVID mask.