Sterling defended his thesis on “Synthesis and Functionalization of Bullvalene-Derived Materials” and Xuelin defended his thesis on “DEVELOPMENT OF FUNCTIONAL ENYNE MOLECULES TO CONTROL DEGRADABILITY AND ARCHITECTURE IN METATHESIS POLYMERS”. We’ll miss their expertise in the lab, but wish them the best with their careers after Tech! Congrats Dr. Sweningson and Dr. Sui!!!
About the Lab
The Gutekunst Lab is interested in pushing the limits of complexity in macromolecular systems using innovative concepts from synthetic organic chemistry. Specific projects in the lab will explore the design of novel monomers for the construction of functional polyamides, the development of small molecule reagents for the dynamic modulation of branched polymer architectures, and the investigation of new concepts for creating covalent bonds in challenging contexts. Each of these research projects will enable the generation of new functional materials with structures or assemblies that were previously inaccessible for study. Prospective students will obtain extensive training in synthetic organic chemistry, as well as polymer synthesis and characterization.
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Alvaro was selected as one of the seventy participants in the inaugural American Chemical Society LEADS conference in July 2022 hosted in Washington, DC! As one of the selected participants, Alvaro had the opportunity to meet and network with national and international students, post-doctoral scientists, industrial and academic professionals, and ACS leadership.
We’re thrilled to announce that Simone Tennyson passed her thesis defense on “Homopolymer and Block Polymer Materials Derived From High Reactive Thionolactone Mononers”! Congrats and we wish you all the best at Sherwin-Williams!