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 multi-stimuli-responsive nano-materials. Parallel efforts focus on the design of self-healing polymeric materials capable of upcycling with light sensitivity, corrosion inhibition, anti-fouling, antimicrobial, and other unique attributes. Using chemical (IR and Raman) imaging along with an array of other spectroscopic and macroscopic tools, Urban Research Group members design and develop new generations of materials with adaptable, sensing, and signaling properties.


Apr. 2021. Siyang Wang has given an invited talk entitled Self-healable Fluorinated Copolymers Governed by Dipolar Interactions at the Spring National 2021 American Chemical Society meeting as part of the “Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Symposium” sponsored by the Division of Polymer Chemistry of ACS.
Jan. 2021. Dr. Dmitriy Davydovich
joined Monosol Corp., IN.
Dec. 2020. Dmitriy Davydovich completed his PhD dissertation and has been awarded a doctorate degree at the December commencement ceremony.   
Sept. 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
April 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. 
April 2019. Dr. Ying Yang
has accepted tenure-track assistant professor position at the University of Nevada, Reno. 




S. Wang, M.W. Urban, “Self-Healable Fluorinated Copolymers Governed by Dipolar Interactions” Advanced Science, 2021, doi.org/10.1002/advs.202101399
S. Wang, Q, Liu, L. Li, M.W. Urban, “Recent Advances in Stimuli-Responsive Commodity Polymers,” Macromol. Rapid Commun., 2021, 2100054, 1-20.
D. Davydovich, M.W. Urban, Water accelerated self-healing of hydrophobic copolymers,” Nature Commun., 2020, 11, 5743.
S. Wang, M.W. Urban, “Self-Healing Polymers,”
Nature Reviews Materials, 2020, 5, 562-583.
S. Wang, M.W. Urban, “Self-Healing Polymers Create Opportunities for Energy Applications,” Adv. Mat. & Process.,  2020, 178.4, 15-20.
C.C. Hornat, M.W. Urban, “Entropy and Interfacial Energy Driven Self-healable Polymers,” Nature Commun., 2020,  11:1028.
C.C. Hornat, M.W. Urban, “Shape Memory Effects in Self-healing Polymers,” Prog. Polym. Sci., 2020, 102, 101208.
C.C. Hornat, M. Nijemeisland, M. Senardi, Y. Yang, C. Pattyn, S. van der Zwaag, M.W. Urban, “Quantitative Predictions of Maximum Strain Storage in Shape Memory Polymers (SMP),” Polymer, 2020, 186, 122006.
S. Wang, M.W. Urban, “Stimuli-Responsible Polymeric Nanomaterials,” Chap. 2 in 21st Century Nanoscience – A Handbook, Vol. 5, Ed. K.D. Sattler, CRC Press, Boca Raton (2019).
Y. Yang, D. Davydovich, C.C. Hornat, X. Liu, M.W. Urban, “Leaf-Inspired Self-Healing Polymers,” CHEM, 4, 2019, 1928–1936.
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.

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