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.

  4. Welcome Martyna Sokolowska!

    Sep 8, 2022

    Puskas Lab is excited to welcome visiting scholar Martyna Sokolowska! She is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Polymer and Biomaterial Engineering at the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, located in Poland. Her research interest is focused on sustainable development, production and modification of biopolymers, enzymatic synthesis, polymer characterization methods, and medical engineering. 

  5. Welcome New Graduate Students!

    Aug 26, 2022

    Welcome Eric and Samira! Eric Devney
  6. International Elastomer Conference Keynote Speaker

    Jul 27, 2022

    Meet our 2022 International Elastomer Conference Keynote Speaker - Judit E. Puskas! Judit E. Puskas is a legend in our great industry
  7. PAPER: Polysuccinimide and Polyaspartamide for Functional Fibers: Synthesis, Characterization, and Properties

    Jul 22, 2022 

  8. PAPER: Multifunctional PEG Carrier by Chemoenzymatic Synthesis for Drug Delivery Systems: In Memory of Professor Andrzej Dworak

    Jul 22, 2022

  9. Welcome Visiting Scholars!

    Jul 13, 2022

    We are very happy to welcome visiting scholars Zsofi Nagy and Professor Peter Sobolewski to our group. Zsofi is a medical student at University of Szeged and will be working with Aswathy and Samira on enzyme catalyzed polymer modifications and polymer-based drug delivery systems.

  10. PAPER Enzyme-catalyzed amine-functionalization of poly(ethylene-glycol)

    Jul 12, 2022

    Abstract: This paper presents a new method for the amine-functionalization of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) of Mn =2050 g/mol via Candida antarctica lipase B (CALB)-catalyzed esterification of tert-butyloxycarbonyl (tBOC)-protected β-Alanine and L-Alanine. NMR showed full conversion for protected β-Alanine, and MALDI-ToF demonstrated the purity of the product. After deprotection, the desired diamine-functionalized PEG was obtained.