Gido Research Group

Gido Research Group

Associate Professor
Phone: 413-577-1216

Degree Information:

B.S.E. Chemical Engineering, Princeton University, 1988
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering and Polymer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993

Mailing Address:

Department of Polymer Science and Engineering
Room: A216, Conte Research Center
University of Massachusetts Amherst
120 Governors Drive
Amherst, MA 01003

Research Interests

Self-assembling materials of controlled molecular architecture including: Block Copolymers, biopolymers, liquid crystalline polymers, and semi-crystalline polymers. Polymer structure-property relationships for mechanical, transport, and electronic properties. Thin films, surfaces and interfaces. Protective, nonstick, and marine antifouling coatings. Porous films and coatings. Organic-Inorganic hybrid materials. Biomedical devices and polymers implanted in the body. Polymers for controlled drug delivery. Ion containing polymers. Polymers for energy storage (batteries) and generation. Silicones and silicone hydrogels. Fluorinated polymers. Structural and morphological characterization using electron microscopy (TEM, SEM, STEM) and X-ray scattering.

Current Research

My research is focused on understanding how controlled polymer molecular architecture can be used to guide the self-assembly and processing of materials in order to create novel and useful structures on a morphological length scale (nanometers to microns). This focus has led me to work on a broad range of polymer materials:

Novel Elastomers from Graft Copolymers: Control of grafting location and functionality to produce exceptional strength and elasticity.

J. W. Mays, S. P. Gido, R. Weidisch "Multgraft Copolymers as Superelastomers" United States Patent 9,708,434. 2017.

Ion Conductive Separators: Control of chemistry and morphology to produce ion conductive separators for energy generation (fuel cells) and energy storage (batteries).

A. I. Isaacs-Sodeye, T. Huang, S. P. Gido, and J. W. Mays. “Polymer electrolyte membranes from fluorinated polyisoprene-block-sulfonated polystyrene: Membrane structure and transport properties” Polymer 52, 1963-1970, 2011.

Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Materials: Control of polymer-nanoparticle interactions to generate hybrid materials with improved mechanical and electronic properties.

Y. Lin, V. Daga, E. Anderson, S. Gido, and J. Watkins. "Nanoparticle-Driven Assembly of Block Copolymers: A Simple Route to Ordered Hybrid Materials" Journal of the American Chemical Society. 131, 6513-6516, 2011

D.-P. Song, C. Li, N. S. Colella, W. Xie, S. Li, X. Lu, S. Gido, J.H. Lee, and J. J. Watkins. “Large-Volume Self-Organization of Polymer/Nanoparticle Hybrids with Millimeter-Scale Grain Sizes Using Brush Block Copolymers” Journal of the American Chemical Society. 137, 12510-12513, 2015.

Proteins, Drug Delivery & Biomedical Devices: Structural studies of fibrous proteins. Use of morphology to control drug delivery. Polymers implanted in the body.

A. Imel, T. Malmgren, M. Dadmun, S. Gido, and J. Mays. “In vivo oxidative degradation of polypropylene pelvic mesh” Biomaterials 73, 131-141, 2015.

S. V. Ranade, R. E. Richard, K.-L. Dao, S. P. Gido, A. I. Isaacs-Sodeye. “Orienting polymer domains for controlled drug delivery” United States Patent 7,964,209; 2011.

Silicones & Silicone Hydrogels: Silicones for anti-biofouling coatings. Silicone hydrogels for contact lenses and controlled drug delivery.

Fluoropolymers: Fluorinated membranes for fuel cells and batteries. Expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) in acoustic devices.

J. W. Mays, S. P. Gido, T. Huang, H. Hong.  “Copolymers of Fluorinated Polydienes and Sulfonated Polystyrene” United States Patent 7,619,036. 2009.

S. D. Ambrose, and S. P. Gido. "Audio device, system and method" United States Patent 8,774,435. 2014.