Dr. Brent Sumerlin
Liberal Arts and Sciences
"In this day and age, higher education is becoming more of a necessity to succeed. I thought that doing research would help propel me in the future when applying to graduate school and beyond. I also am really passionate in chemistry and love to work in the laboratory setting."
Material Science and Engineering
- Dean's List
- University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Polymers Summer Research Fellow 2016
- University Scholars Program 2016
Hobbies and Interests
- Organic Chemistry
- Polymer Chemistry
Synthesis of Functional Polymers Derived from Cysteine
My project is focused on developing a novel synthetic method to prepare multifunctional polymers. Cysteine-derived polymer can contain two orthogonal nucleophilic pendent groups. This unique structure allows for sequential post-polymerization modification reactions to introduce two distinct functional groups. The multifunctionalized polymer will have different properties to the non- or mono-functionalized counterparts.