We are an interdisciplinary research group interested in a broad range of fundamental and applied aspects of materials chemistry in general, and macromolecular science in particular. Our efforts are geared towards the design and synthesis of adaptive polymers and understanding the molecular level events governing their behavior in various environments. Synthetic efforts are directed towards the development of multi-phase stimuli-responsive nano-materials. Parallel efforts focus on the design of self-healing polymeric materials with light sensitivity, corrosion inhibition, anti-fouling, antimicrobial, and other unique attributes. Using chemical imaging along with an array of other spectroscopic and macroscopic tools, we design and develop new generations of materials with adaptable, sensing, and signaling  properties. On January 2, 2013, Urban Research Group joined Clemson University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Why Clemson? It was clear that the University has a strong commitment to excellence across the board in teaching, research, outreach, entrepreneurial activities, and citizenship. It is not surprising that many departments, the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences (CECAS), and College of Science earned high rankings, making Clemson University top twenty-five US ranked public institutions. It is not surprising because there are numerous interdisciplinary, collaborative programs in research and education across the campus which is exciting because the best innovations are created at the interfaces of traditional disciplines. As a result, students are better prepared to take on new continually changing challenges and have broader thinking perspective.


Oct. 2019. Siyang Wang has been awarded the Kentwool Educational Fellow for Excellence in Graduate Research. Congratulations, Siyang!
Aug. 2019. Chris Hornat completed his PhD dissertation and has been awarded a doctorate degree at the August 2019 commencement ceremony. 
March 2019. Dmitriy Davydovich has won the First Prize in Materials Research Society (MRS) and Optical Society of America (OSA) annual poster competition at Clemson University.
Oct. 2018. The 2018 Science paper published by Urban Research Group received significant media attention (morein the News…)
Jul. 2018. Christian Pattyn
(summer student; U. New Mexico) has won the best poster presentation award at Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) within the Townes Program.
Apr. 2018. Chris Hornat
took the 3rd Place in Clemson Graduate Research and Discovery Symp. (GRADS).
Oct. 2017. Dmitriy Davydovich r
eceived the Award of Excellence 3rd Place at the Ceramic, Composite, and Optical Materials Center Poster Competition at Clemson University.
Apr. 2017. Chris Hornat
gave a talk at the ACS Spring National Meeting, POLY Division, Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Symp., San Francisco, CA.




M.W. Urban, D. Davydovich, Y. Yang, T. Demir, Y. Zhang, L. Casabianca, “Key-and-lock commodity self-healing copolymers,” Science, 2018, 362 (6411), 220-225.
Y. Yang, D. Davydovich, C.C. Hornat, X. Liu, M.W. Urban, “Leaf-Inspired Self-Healing Polymers,” CHEM. 2018, https://doi.org /10.1016/j.chempr.2018.06.001.
Y. Yang, M.W. Urban, “Self-Healing of Polymers via Supramolecular Chemistry,” Adv. Mater. Interfaces, 2018, http://doi.org/10.1002/admi.201800384.
Y. Yang, M.W. Urban, “Self-healing of Glucose-Modified Polyurethane Networks Facilitated by Damage-Induced Primary Amines,” Polym. Chem., 2017, 8, 303 – 309.
C.C. Hornat, Y. Yang, M.W. Urban, “Quantitative Predictions of Shape Memory in Polymers,” Adv. Mater., 2017, 29, 1603334.
X. Liu, Y. Yang, M.W. Urban “Stimuli-Responsive Polymeric Nanoparticles,” Macromol. Rapid Comm., 2017, 38, 1700030.
C. Lu, M.W. Urban, “Stimuli-Responsive Polymer Nano-Science: Shape Anisotropy, Responsiveness, Applications,” Prog. Polym. Sci.2018, 78, 24-46.
C. Lu, M.W. Urban, “Synthesis and Directional Assembly of Gibbous and Inverse-Gibbous Colloidal Nanoparticles,” Mater. Today, 2016, 9, 41-46.
C. Lu, M.W. Urban, “Instantaneous Directional Growth of Block Copolymer Nanowires During Heterogeneous Radical Polymerization (HRP),” Nano Lett., 2016, 4, 2873–2877.
M.W. Urban. “Stimuli-Responsive Materials; From Molecules to Nature Mimicking Materials Design,” Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016 (ISBN: 978-1-84973-656-5)