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PSE shares a short video - pictures of our doctoral graduates, friends and families.

2020 PSE Graduation Celebration Video

May 8, 2020

PSE students and faculty doing one of the things they love best - Outreach!

Holyoke Public Schools Media Center created this terrific video of the outreach event from January 29, 2020!

.Holyoke STEM Academy / Conte Polymer...

February 5, 2020
Reika Katsumata picture

Reika Katsumata has been selected to one of the ACS PMSE 2023 Early Stage Investigators, which is based on research innovation and productivity as an independent research investigator, along with teaching and service. Katsumata will... Read More...

May 5, 2023
President Houkin in Crosby Group Lab


It was a great honor to host President Houkin and his delegation from Hokkaido University in our labs. We discussed our strong history of collaboration, especially with Professor Jian Ping Gong. We are especially grateful for... Read More...

May 1, 2023
Neutron research image

Work by Mingqiu Hu*, Xindi Li, William T. Heller, Wim Bras, Javid Rzayev, and Thomas P. Russell* was recently published in Macromolecules. In this work, researchers used grazing-incidence small-angle neutron scattering (GISANS) to probe... Read More...

April 12, 2023
Ben Greenvall photo

Benjamin Greenvall, Grason Group member,  has been selected to receive a 2023 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This NSF GRFP Fellowship offers three years of support.

“Being chosen as a NSF Graduate...

March 29, 2023
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"The material is tailored to beginning graduate students, and the author's style gently captures the mathematical sophistication required, while never losing sight of the underlying physics. This book represents the first comprehensive... Read More...

March 29, 2023
Soft matter research image

Douglas Hall, Mark Stevens and Greg Grason have recently published an article in Soft Matter entitled, "Building blocks of non-Euclidean ribbons: Size-controlled self-assembly via discrete frustrated particles". Geometric frustration... Read More...

February 12, 2023
JP research image

Le Zhou, Zhefei Yang, James Nicolas Pagaduan, and Todd Emrick recently published a paper in Polymer Chemistry. In this work, researchers described the behavior of fluorinated zwitterionic polymers with unusually large contact angle... Read More...

January 12, 2023
Nanobandage image

Claire Senger*, Xiao Fan, James Nicolas Pagaduan*, Xiaoyu Zhang, Jinglei Ping and Reika Katsumata* publish a paper in the journal Small entitled 'Defect Healing in Graphene via Rapid Thermal Annealing with Polymeric "Nanobandage"'.... Read More...

January 12, 2023
Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics research image

Research by Evon S. Petek* and Reika Katsumata* was recently published in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics.  In this paper, a review of contact angle and surface energy measurements for thin polymer films revealed that the critical... Read More...

December 28, 2022
Mesoscale polymer surfactants research image

Research by Zhefei Yang*, Deborah Snyder*, James Nicolas Pagaduan*, Abraham Waldman* Alfred J. Crosby*, and Todd Emrick* was recently published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. In this paper, researchers reported a... Read More...

December 28, 2022
McCarthy research image

Pei Bian* and Thomas J. McCarthy* recently published a paper in ACS Macro Letters entitled, Hemisilicone Elastomers that are Recyclable to the Monomer. In this research, the linear polymer, –(SiMe2–O–SiMe2–CH2CH2)n–, which can be... Read More...

November 23, 2022
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Brandon R. Clarke*, Hyemin Kim*, Mark Ilton, James J. Watkins*, Alfred J. Crosby*, and Gregory N. Tew* have published a paper in Macromolecules entitled The Impact of Polymerization Chemistry on the Mechanical Properties of Poly(... Read More...

November 16, 2022
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Yifeng Du,* Yuhui Du,* Stefano Lazzari, Tom Reimers,* Rupert Konradi, Thomas W. Holcombe and E. Bryan Coughlin* published their research in the journal Polymer Chemistry.  This paper is entitled, "Mechanistic investigation of cyclic... Read More...

November 14, 2022
Katsumata photo

Reika Katsumata received the prestigious PRESTO Award from the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

The PRESTO award is one of the most distinguished awards for early-career researchers who are either Japanese citizens or... Read More...

October 3, 2022
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Di Jia and M. Muthukumar have published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 

“The significance of the discovery that dipoles drive the assembly of polymers is immense,” says Muthukumar, “... Read More...

September 28, 2022
JWei research image vapor-phase deposition

Xiaoshuang (June) Wei* and Laura C. Bradley* have recently published their paper entitled, Accessing Thin Film Wetting Regimes During Polymer Growth by Initiated Chemical Vapor Deposition, in Langmuir. In this work the researchers ... Read More...

September 22, 2022
JPagaduan research image

Shiva Asapu, James Nicolas Pagaduan,* Ye Zhuo, Taehwan Moon, Rivu Midya, Dawei Gao, Jungmin Lee, Qing Wu, Mark Barnell, Sabyasachi Ganguli, Reika Katsumata,* Yong Chen, Qiangfei Xia, and Jianhua Joshua Yang have published a paper in... Read More...

September 21, 2022
Steve Granick photo

The PSE Department is delighted to announce the hiring of Professor Steve Granick, who has been nominated for, and will soon be affirmed as, the new Robert Barrett Chair of Polymer Science and Engineering.  Granick is a world-renowned... Read More...

September 12, 2022