Jeremy Swartz

Jeremy Swartz
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

Research Interests

  • Functional Polymers

Academic Awards

  • Dean's List
  • University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Polymers Summer Research Fellow 2016
  • University Scholars Program 2016


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Hobbies and Interests

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Basketball
  • Golf

Research Description

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.