University of Massachusetts Amherst

Polymer Science and Engineering

Gregory N. Tew


Greg was born in North Carolina and attended North Carolina State University where he earned a B.S. in Chemistry in 1995, graduating with honors.  During this time he worked at the University with Prof. D. A. Shultz performing undergraduate research on self-assembled monolayers containing stable free radicals, and at Glaxo, formerly Burroughs-Wellcome, working on cardiovascular therapies.  Upon graduation, he attended the University of Illinois-Urbana to pursue graduate studies with Prof. Sam Stupp. His work on self-assembling rod-coil molecules led to an understanding of the important molecular structures and association energies governing nanostructure formation.  While in graduate school, his work was recognized by two fellowships including the Beckman Research Fellowship and American Chemical Society Organic Division Fellowship in 1998 and 1999, respectively. 

After graduating in 2000, he accepted a faculty position in Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  However, before starting on the faculty he spent one year in Prof. William DeGrado's laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania in Biochemistry and Biophysics studying biomimetic principles.  This work led to two publications and the formation of a new company. 

In 2001, he started at UMass and since then has received a number of prestigious awards including the Office of Naval Research and Army Research Office Young Investigator Awards, the NSF CAREER Award, the 3M Nontenured Faculty Grant, and the DuPont Young Faculty Award.  In May of 2004, he was invited to the White House to receive the highest honor given by the Federal government to young investigators, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). 

His research interests include supramolecular polymer science, bioinspired and biomimetic structures, polymers for biomedical science, self organization, well defined macromolecular architectures, functional materials, novel biomaterials and hydrogels.  His laboratory has published many papers on these topics since 2001.  In addition to his research interest, Greg is actively involved in novel mentoring programs for young scientists and engineers.  This includes chairman of the chemistry-biology interfaces training grant recruiting committee and participation in the northeast AGEP program.