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 thermo-mechanical tools, Urban Research Group members design, synthesize, and develop new generations of materials with adaptable, sensing, and signaling properties.

– RECENT NEWS –

June 2022. Dr. Siyang Wang has joined the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering as a research associate.
May 2022. Siyang Wang has been awarded a doctorate degree at the May 2022 commencement ceremony.
May 2022. Jaylan Fraser-Mines
 has been awarded an IRES summer NSF award to conduct research at Delft University in the Netherlands.
Mar. 2022. Dr. Lei Li
will be joining Western Kentucky University this fall as an assistant professor. 
Oct 2021. Dr. Qianhui Liu
has joined Kerr Dental Co., CA, USA.
Apr. 2021
. Siyang Wang
has given an invited talk at the National 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 has joined Monosol Corp., IN, USA.
Dec. 2020
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Dmitriy Davydovich 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.
Aug. 2019. Chris Hornat has been awarded a doctorate degree at the August 2019 commencement ceremony.
April 2019. Dmitriy Davydovich has won the First Prize in the Materials Research Society (MRS) and Optical Society of America (OSA) annual poster competition at Clemson University. 
Aug. 2019. Dr. Ying Yang has joined the University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Chemistry as an assistant professor. 

 

 

 

 

 

– RECENTLY PUBLISHED –

 

S. Wang, L. Li, Q. Liu, M.W. Urban. “Self-Healable Acrylic-Based Covalently Adaptable Networks,” Macromolecules, 2022, doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.2c00739.
V. Montano, M.W. Urban, S. van der Zwaag, S.J. Garcia, “Local strain-induced energy storage as a driving force for autogenous scratch closure,” J. Mater. Chem. A, 2022, 10, 7073.
L. Liu, S. Wang, Z. Zhao, J. Tong, M.W. Urban, “Electrically Accelerated Self-Healable Polyionic Liquid Copolymers,” Small, 2022, doi.org/10.1002/smll.202201952.
Q. Liu, M.W. Urban, “Stimulus-Responsive Macromolecules in Polymeric Coatings,” Polymer Reviews, 2022, doi.org/10.1080/15583724.2022.2065299.
Q. Liu, L. Li, M.W. Urban, “Probing Molecular Events in Self-Healable Polymers,” Chap. 12, pp. 347-366 in Spectroscopic Techniques for Polymer Characterization; Methods, Instrumentation, Applications, Eds. Y. Ozaki, H. Sato, M. Sakeena, 2022, Wiley-VCH GmbH, Germany.
S. Wang, M.W. Urban, “Self-Healable Fluorinated Copolymers Governed by Dipolar Interactions” Advanced Science, 2021, 8, 2101399.
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.