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Research focus:

We strive to make polymer chemistry greener by developing more sustainable and environmentally friendly synthesis and func-tionalization methods and processes.

Important news:

  • The Puskas Group is moving to the Ohio State University! Professor Puskas will be leading the biomaterial and biopolymer engineering program at the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE). The program will be losely related to Ohio State’s Discovery Themes Initiative (www.discovery.osu.edu) and Sustainable and Resilient Economy (SRE) program (www.discovery.osu/SRE) and plans to make global impact. The group will be part of the Materials Development Working Group of the Sustainable and Resilient Economy Discovery Theme.

Focus areas:

  • Natural Rubber Biosynthesis
  • Biomimetic Polymerizations, Natural Living Carbocationic Polymerization, Model Architectures for Natural Rubber
  • Green(er) Biomaterials, Polyisobutylene (PIB)-based Biomaterials, Enzyme-catalyzed Polymer Functionalization, PEG, Solventless (liquid PDMS, PIB), Surface Modification, Probing the Polymer/Bio Interface, Green dendrimers for drug delivery
  • Greener Living/controlled polymerizations, Controlled lniMer-type Polymerizations, CIMP Controlled Garbocationic IM Polymerization, CRIMP Controlled Radical I M Polymerization, Model architectures

News Releases


Dr. Judit E. Puskas Received the 2017 Charles Goodyear Medal

Dr. Judit E. Puskas, professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, the University of Akron, was awarded the 2017 Charles Goodyear Medal, on April 26, 2017, during the Science and Technology Awards Banquet at the Spring Technical Meeting of Rubber Division, ACS in Beachwood, OH. The most prestigious award given by Rubber Division, ACS, honors an individual for outstanding invention, innovation or development which resulted in significant change or contribution to the nature of the rubber industry. Puskas’ research activities span a broad range of topics, with a focus on the synthesis of novel materials having great technological promise. Her synthetic efforts are accompanied by detailed analyses of the chemical and topological structure and rigorous investigation of physical properties




Winners of the 2012 GE Healthymagination Breast Cancer Challenge Award.

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