Maria Santore Research Group


Maria Santore - Presentation on the STEM Family Travel Initiative

Maria Santore, professor of Polymer Science and Engineering, gave a presentation on the STEM Family Travel Initiative during the two-day meeting of “Global Experts on Work-Life Family Issues” held in March 2012 in New York City. The event was organized by the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) and hosted by the Elsevier Foundation New Scholars Program.

Maria Santore Receives ACS Fellows Award

Maria Santore has been selected as a member of the 2010 class of Fellows of The American Chemical Society. The 2010 ACS Fellows were honored at a special ceremony during the ACS National Meeting in Boston on Monday, August 23, 2010.

Patchy Particles Symposium

Santore and Velegol (Penn State) organize symposium on patchy particles / heterogeneous interfaces at National ACS Meeting.

Patchy Particles and Surfaces of Engineered Heterogeneity: Synthesis to Dynamic Function:  A Symposium on Complex Interfaces and their Technological Importance

Click here for patchy particles symposium highlights.

Santore Research Group – News

Research from Santore Lab Highlighted in Nature Nanotechnology

Jun Zhang’s recent article in Langmuir* was highlighted in Nature Nanotechnology.**  In "Particle Manipulation: Little and Large," Owain Vaughan stated:  “Surfaces that can bind particles under dynamic conditions are crucial components in a range of technological and biological processes.  In developing such surfaces, scientists often borrow from nature by attaching biomolecular components to otherwise passive surfaces.  Now, Maria Santore and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst have revealed just how effective a wholly synthetic surface can be.”


Dr. Zhang was part of the Santore Group and the lead researcher of an interdisciplinary team bridging Polymer Science (Santore Lab), Chemistry (Rotello Lab), and Chemical Engineering (Davis group.)

Dr. Zhang is now working at Kimberly Clark Corporation.



*"Manipulating Microparticles with Single Surface-Immobilized Nanoparticles," Jun Zhang, Sudhanshu Srivastava, Ranojoy Duffadar, Jeffrey M. Davis, Vincent M. Rotello, and Maria M. Santore, Langmuir, 24 (13), 6404–6408, 2008 (published online 7 June 2008)


Jin Nam Awarded Ph.D.

Congratulations to Dr. Jin Nam for successfully defending his dissertation, "The Importance of Membrance Mechanics on Vesicle Adhesion." Jin is currently a postdoctoral associate in the Vanderlick Lab at Princeton University.


Surachate Kalasin wins National Adhesion Award

Ph.D. C​andidate Surachate (Po) Kalasin has won the Peebles Award (presented at the February 2008 National Meeting of the Adhesion Society), for his paper, "Controlling the Dynamic Motion Signature of Micron-Scale Particles using Surfaces with Nanometer-Scale Features."