University of Massachusetts Amherst

Polymer Science and Engineering

Todd Emrick


Director, National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) on Polymers at UMass Amherst

Co-Leader, Energy Research Group I of the Department of Energy supported EFRC at UMass Amherst

Leader, Environmentally Responsible Anti-flammable Polymer Materials Group

Degree Information:

B.S. Chemistry, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA 1992
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Chicago, 1997
Postdoctoral Associate, University of California Berkeley, 1997-2000

Mailing Address:
Department of Polymer Science and Engineering
Room A613, Conte Research Center
University of Massachusetts Amherst
120 Governors Drive
Amherst, MA 01003

Phone: 413-577-1613


Fax: 413-545-0082

Research Interests:
Synthetic organic and polymer chemistry, functionalization of nanoparticles including quantum dots and biologically-derived nanoparticles, polymer therapeutics, polymer pro-drugs, and polymer-DNA polyplexes.

Current Research:
Our research program emphasizes the synthesis of new materials, including polymers, particles, and composite materials, that target a variety of applications in materials science and therapeutics. New synthetic methods are required to overcome limitations of conventional polymers and particles that can be purchased commercially. Our efforts have produced new functionalized materials that are tailored for interfacial assembly, biocompatibility, encapsulation, and controlled release.

Honors and Distinctions:

  • 2013 Landmark Award from the Intellectual Property office at UMass (for the 10th awarded patent)
  • 2013 Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Fellow for innovative contributions to polymer synthesis and nanocomposite assembly
  • 2011  Chair, Macromolecular Materials Gordon Research Conference, Ventura CA
  • 2011  Chair, Polymeric Materials Science & Engineering (PMSE) Division of the ACS
  • 2010  Milestone Award from the Intellectual Property office at UMass (for the 5th awarded patent)
  • 2010  Keynote lecture at Bayer MaterialScience Innovation Technology Symposium
  • 2008  Featured speaker at Hybrid Materials 2009, Tours, France
  • 2006 Arthur K. Doolittle Award from the Polymer Materials Science & Engineering (PMSE) Division of the American Chemical Society
  • 2005 Juniata College Young Alumni Achievement Award
  • 2004 University of Massachusetts President's Office Technology Development Award
  • 2003 Selected by the NSF as a U.S. delegate to the CERC-3 in Gotenborg, Sweden
  • 2003-2008 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2002 Exploratory Research Award from the Center for UMass-Industry Research on Polymers (CUMIRP).
  • 2001 Omnova, Inc. Signature Young Faculty Award