News and Events:
Greg and Derek's paper, in collaboration with Prof. Neal Yakelis of PLU, was accepted for publication in Polymer. Excellent work, and congrats to the team!
The group welcomes postdoctoral researcher Dr. Damian Dunford and undergraduate researcher Ashlynn Vander Meer.
AJB and Mike Larsen each presented invited talks at the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, CA. Special thanks to the organizers of each symposium.
Mike Larsen has been selected as the winner of the 2014 Eastman Chemical Student Award in Applied Polymer Science! Way to go, Mike!
The group welcome summer graduate student Johanna Schwartz. Welcome to the group, UW, and city of Seattle!
We are excited to be a part of the team whose proposal to the Cottrell Scholars Collaborative was selected for funding. We are also grateful for the generous financial support from the RCSA to pursue this project.
AJB attended the Cottrell Scholars Symposium and presented a seminar on the use of in-class technology to enhance student learning.
Kelli's paper in Chem. Lett. is selected as an Editor's Choice article.
AJB presented a seminar at the Math Science Upward Bound seminar series. Special thanks to Dave Wolczyk for the invitation to participate. I look forward to seeing many of the faces in the crowd when they come study at UW!
The group welcomes Amgen Summer Scholar, Thomas Bearrood. Welcome to the group!
AJB and Greg each presented talks at the Collaborative Conference on 3D and Materials Research in Incheon/Seoul, South Korea.
Greg pulls the hat trick! His third paper this month was just accepted for publication in Macromolecular Rapid Communications. Way to go, Greg!
Greg's paper is accepted for publication in Macromolecular Theory and Simulations. Congrats, Greg!
Derek's and Greg's paper is accepted for publication in ACS Macro Letters. Congrats to the team!
The group welcomes postdoctoral fellow Dr. Adam Goetz.
AJB gave a presentation at the 2014 enLightning talks discussing the use of online resources to enhance live lecture discussion in a redesigned introductory organic chemistry course. The course redesign was facilitated by involvement in the UW's Technology Teaching Fellows Institute.
Greg Peterson and Laura Murphy participated in the Yakima Valley Science and Engineering Festival in Yakima, WA. Over 1,800 middle and high school students and 300 community members from the Yakima area were in attendance over the course of this two day outreach event. Greg and Laura ran a booth with demonstrations of mechanoresponsive polymers.
Mike's work on the development of Flex Activated Mechanophores, and work in this area by Prof. Stephen Craig's group (Duke University), were highlighted by Nature Chemistry. The article, written by Prof. Nancy Sottos (UIUC), describes our contributions, some current limitations, and also illuminates some exciting next steps.
Greg Peterson wins a Travel Award from the Department of Chemistry. The funds will be used to support Greg's trip to Incheon, South Korea where he will present his work at the Collaborative Conference on Materials Research.
AJB presented a poster at the University of Washington's Teaching and Learning Symposium. The poster described the process and outcomes of redesigning an introductory organic chemistry course to enable greater focus on applications of concepts and development of problem-solving strategies.
The group welcomes postdoctoral fellows Dr. Chang-Uk Lee and Dr. Yosuke Ashikari.
AJB, Kelli, Mike, Greg, and Derek each presented at the 247th ACS National Meeting in Dallas, TX. Special thanks to Dr. Al Nelson (IBM Almaden Research Center) and Prof. Matt Becker (U. of Akron) for organizing the PMSE Young Investigator Symposium.
Congratulations to Alice Chu who was selected to receive a Mary Gates Research Scholarship from the University of Washington.
Kelli had a second communication accepted this month, this one to Chemistry Letters. Congrats to Kelli on the doubleheader!
Kelli's latest communication is accepted for publication in Organic Letters. Congrats, Kelli!
Congratulations to Mike Larsen who has been selected as one of six finalist for the 2015 Eastman Chemical Award! Mike will receive financial support to present his work at the fall ACS National Meeting in San Francisco. We are grateful to the Eastman Chemical Company and PMSE Division of the ACS for their generous support.
AJB has been selected to receive a Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. We are grateful for this recognition of both teaching and research excellence, and for the financial support to continue in our endeavors.
Our research proposal to the Army Research Office (STIR: Short Term Innovative Research) has been recommended for funding. We are grateful for this generous financial support.
Mike's latest communication is accepted for publication in JACS. Congrats, Mike!
Congratulations to Stephanie Wang who was selected to receive a Rowe Scholarship from the Department of Chemistry.
AJB presented an invited lecture at the 4th German-Japanese Symposium on Electrosynthesis (GJSE-4) in Kyoto, Japan. Special thanks for Professor Jun-ichi Yoshida for the invitation and gracious hosting, and to Professor Waldvogel and co-workers for excellent discussions on electrosynthesis.
The group welcomes graduate student Laura Murphy. Laura will begin developing mechanoresponsive materials based upon flex activated mechanophores.
Congratulations to Kelli Ogawa and Mike Larsen who were each selected to receive a Graduate Student Merit Fellowship for excellence in academics and research.
AJB presented an invited lecture at the 8th International Symposium on Integrated Synthesis (ISIS-8) in Nara, Japan. Special thanks for Professor Jun-ichi Yoshida for the invitation and gracious hosting.
Congratulations to Kelli Ogawa and Mike Larsen who were each selected to receive Graduate Student Travel Awards to present seminars at their respective alma maters. We're proud to have them representing our group, department, and university.
The group welcomes undergraduate researcher Alice Chu. Alice will be working on elucidating some crosslinking mechanisms of amphiphilic polymers.
AJB has been invited to present a talk in the Young Investigator Symposium of the PMSE Division of the ACS. The symposium will be part of the spring ACS National Meeting in Dallas, TX (March 2014).
The group welcomes graduate student Hira Khalid from the GC University of Lahore, Pakistan. Hira will be working on the development of stimulus-responsive polymers for triggered release of small molecules.
Congratulations to Mike Larsen for passing his General Doctoral Exam!
Mike's communication on "Flex-Activated Mechanophores" is accepted for publication in JACS. Congrats, Mike!
Congratulations to Greg Peterson for passing his General Doctoral Exam!
Congratulations to Kelli Ogawa for passing her General Doctoral Exam!
The group welcomes first-year graduate student Erika Buckle.
Greg Peterson has been selected to receive a 2012-2013 Graduate Student Merit Fellowship for his academic and research accomplishments. Congratulations Greg!
The polymer subgroup helped students at Sammamish High School prepare and evaluate stimulus-responsive block copolymer micelles as part of a special new program in problem-oriented learning. Sammamish High School is the recipient of a highly competitive Federal Investing in Innovation (i3) grant, which they are using to break new ground in science education and experiential learning. Our research team is grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to this exciting development!
Congratulations to Prof. Eric Finney who has taken a Visiting Assistant Professorship at Pacific Lutheran University.
The group welcomes undergraduate researcher Stephanie Wang. Stephanie will be studying stimuli-responsive polymers capable of mechanochemical transduction.
Eric, Kelli, Mike, and Candice each presented their research results at the ACS National Conference in Philadelphia, PA.
Mike and Greg have their Perspective Article accepted for publication in Macromolecules. Great work and congrats to both!
The group welcomes undergraduate researcher Tariq Jabaiti. Tariq will be working to develop catalysts for organocatalyzed redox reactions.
Congratulations to Eric and Kelli on having their manuscript (the Boydston Group's first) accepted for publication in JACS. Way to go Eric and Kelli, keep it up!
The group welcomes undergraduate researcher Dorothy Ackerman. Dorothy comes to us from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, ID. There, she is majoring in chemistry and plans to receive her B.S. degree in 2013. She has received a prestigious Amgen Scholarship to conduct summer research at UW and will be developing new approaches toward thermally-activated polymeric drug delivery platforms.
The group welcomes graduate student Zeran Wang.
AJB presented at the 2012 Symposium on Teaching and Learning.
AJB gets a mention in The Daily. Thank you to Sarah Radmer for the article.
Congratulations to Mike Larsen for passing his 2nd-year graduate exams!
Congratulations to Derek Church for passing his 2nd-year graduate exams!
Congratulations to Kelli Ogawa for passing her 2nd-year graduate exams!
Congratulations to Greg Peterson for passing his 2nd-year graduate exams!
AJB attended a workshop for mechanochemical transduction. Thank you to the sponsors and hosts for the invitation and opportunity to participate.
AJB presented at the January 2012 Ignite! event.
Congratulations to Candice Cooper for being selected to receive a Ciba Travel Award in Green Chemistry from the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute. Candice is one of four students selected nationally to receive the award, which she will use to attend the ACS National Conference in Philadelphia, PA in August 2012.
AJB and Greg Peterson teamed up with Dr. Chris Neils and Dr. Alyssa Taylor from the Dept. of Bioengineering to provide a seven-day Design Labs experience for students in the College of Engineering's Bridge Program (partnered with the LSAMP program). Seven incoming science majors participated in a range of activities including polymer synthesis, mechanical testing, biodegradation studies, and instrument design/fabrication. This was an exciting opportunity to share our passion for science with future leaders in the STEM disciplines.
The Boydston group has returned from our first group camping trip at Deception Pass with >95% survival rate.
Our research proposal to the Army Research Office Young Investigator Program (ARO YIP) has been recommended for funding. We are grateful for this generous financial support.
AJB has received a grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF) through the Doctoral New Investigator program. Our group is grateful for this generous financial support.
AJB has received a grant from the University of Washington Royalty Research Fund (RRF). Our group is grateful for this generous financial support.
The group welcomes undergraduate student Candice Cooper.
Dr. Eric Finney and Greg Peterson each presented posters at the ACS regional meeting (NORM) in Portland, OR.
The group welcomes undergraduate student Marian Dobles.
AJB presented a poster and demos at the Wedgwood Elementary School Science Night 2011.
AJB presented in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UW. Thank you to Prof. Marco Rolandi for the invitation.
Congratulations to Gedion Yitref on being selected to receive an Amgen Scholarship!
The group welcomes undergraduate student Se Ah Yoon and graduate student Derek Church. Mike, Greg, Kelli, and Derek each officially join the group.
AJB presented at the SERM of the ACS. Thank you to the PMSE Division and Prof. Scott Grayson for the invitation.
The group welcomes Dr. Eric Finney.
The Boydston group has officially launched!
AJ Boydston has received a grant from the Washington Technology Center, in collaboration with Mike Banfield of SpringStar, Inc. and Prof. Antonino Ferrante of the University of Washington.
The group welcomes summer students (alphabetically): BeiBei Chen, Mike Larsen, Greg Peterson, and Madeline Wong.
The group welcomes summer students (alphabetically): Kelli Takaki, Sophia Tran, and Gedion Yitref.