We strive to be a diverse team of researchers who value creativity and new perspectives in science. Our group currently has two main areas of focus:
News and Events:
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.
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.