CBE Seminar: Theresa Reineke, University of Minnesota

Enabling Functional Biomaterials Through Controlled Polymer Synthesis


Multifunctional macromolecules have a tremendous impact on a multitude of applications. For example, the development of polymer excipients can improve the solubility and bioavailability of intractable drugs, nucleic acid delivery vehicles have promise to promote selective genome editing, and materials from sustainable monomers may lower the environmental impact of plastics. While the materials function is diverse across these fields, the polymer chemistry is similar and should be readily tunable for each specific application while remaining biologically and environmentally benign. Bio-based feedstocks such as carbohydrates and their derivatives offer great promise for tailoring materials development for a multitude of uses due to their rich functionality (high heteroatom content and stereochemistry), renewable production on an impressive scale, low toxicity, and the potential for triggered degradation. In addition, renewable feedstocks offer high glass transition temperatures, the ability to modulate solubility through chemical modification, and the utility to target delivery to selective tissue types. Indeed, the chemical, physical, mechanical, and morphological properties of polymers containing sustainable and biologically-friendly monomers can be tuned based on chemistry, sequence, and composition to yield diverse function and properties. Herein, the design and development of tailored polymers using a variety of synthetic pathways will be presented. Their application in the development of sustainable polymers, improvement of oral pharmaceutical bioavailability, and design of nucleic acid delivery vehicles for genome editing applications will be presented.


Friday, October 13, 2017 at 10:00am to 11:00am

Colburn Lab, Room 102
University of Delaware- Colburn Lab, University of Delaware, 150 Academy St, Newark, DE 19716-3196, USA

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Academics, College of Engineering, Students, Lectures & Programs, Community, Lectures and Programs



Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering


ENGR - Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
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