The Matson Group

Current Postdocs and Graduate Students

Dr. Santu Sarkar

  • Current Postdoctoral scholar
  • Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science Education & Research
  • M.S. in Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology
  • B.S. in Chemistry, The University of Burdwan

Current Research Objectives:  H2S-releasing small molecules and polymers


Dr. Rajnish Kumar

  • Current Postdoctoral scholar
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology
  • M.S. in Chemistry, Patna University
  • B.S. in Chemistry, Magadh University

Current Research Objectives:  H2S-releasing materials


Mohammed Alaboalirat

  • Pursuing Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science & Engineering
  • B.S. in Chemistry, Colorado School of Mines

Current Research Objectives: Synthesis of amphiphilic bottlebrush copolymers.


Sarah Blosch

Education:

  • Pursuing Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science & Engineering
  • M.S. in Macromolecular Science & Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • B.S. in Microbiology, University of Oklahoma
  • Work Experience: Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.

Current Research Objectives: Bottlebrush polymer synthesis.


Samantha Scannelli

Education:

  • Pursuing Ph.D. in Chemistry
  • B.S. in Biochemistry, Virginia Tech

Current Research Objectives: Tapered bottlebrush polymer synthesis.


Sarah Swilley-Sanchez

Education:

  • Pursuing Ph.D. in Chemistry
  • B.S. in Polymer Science, The University of Southern Mississippi

Current Research Objectives: Synthesis of H2S releasing macromolecular systems.


Yumeng “Jackie” Zhu

Education:

  • Pursuing Ph.D. in Chemistry
  • B.S. in Chemistry, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Current Research Objectives: Synthesis of peptide-based materials.


Zhao Li

Education:

  • Pursuing Ph.D. in Chemistry
  • M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida
  • B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong University

Current Research Objectives: Synthesis of peptide-based materials.


Abby Chinn

Education:

  • Pursuing Ph.D. in Chemistry
  • B.S. in Chemistry, Murray State University

Current Research Objectives: Synthesis of polymers containing polysaccharides and/or polypeptides.


Clark Vu

Education:

  • Pursuing Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering
  • M.S. in Chemical Engineering, the University of Florida
  • B.S. in Chemistry Engineering, the University of Texas at Austin

Current Research Objectives: Synthesis of bottlebrush polymers for novel applications


Anna Steele

Education:

  • Pursuing Ph.D. in Chemistry
  • B.S. in Chemistry Engineering, UMass Amherst

Current Research Objectives: Synthesis of sustainable, degradable polymers


Current Matson Group Undergraduate Students

Katlyn Morales

Evan Zajkowski


Former Matson Group Graduate Students and Postdocs

Dr. Kearsley Dillon
Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2021

Dr. Ryan Carrazzone
Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering, 2021

Dr. Yin Wang
Postdoctoral scholar, 2017-2020

Yin is now an associate professor at the School of Pharmacy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, focusing on developing supramolecular smart materials for drug delivery.

Anastasia Volokhova
M.S. in Chemistry, 2020

Jeffrey Weaver
M.S. in Chemistry, 2020

Dr. Kuljeet Kaur
Ph.D. in Chemsitry, 2019

Kuljeet is a postdoctoral researcher at EPFL, Switzerland, working on surface-grafted polymers. Her work focuses on understanding the properties of polymer brushes under aqueous conditions.

Dr. Mingjun Zhou
Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2019

Mingjun is currently a postdoctoral scholar at UMass Amherst, focusing on coacervation of nanoparticles and polyelectrolytes.

Dr. Yun Qian
Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering, 2019

Yun is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Georgia, working on new drug delivery materials for medical devices.

Dr. Chadwick Powell
Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2019

Chad is a research scientist at Solvay Specialty Polymers working on high performance materials.

Dr. Kyle Arrington
Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2018

Kyle works at Intel focused on thermal material challenges in semiconductor assembly.

Dr. Jeff Foster
Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2017

After completing his Ph.D., Jeff spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow and group leader with Prof. Rachel O’Reilly at the University of Birmingham in the UK. He now works at Sandia National Labs in organic materials science.

Dr. Scott Radzinski
Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2017

Scott is a Senior Polymer Chemist at Secant Group focusing on improving the synthesis and properties of novel biomaterials for implantable medical devices as well as working on enhancing cell care products using material science.

Jennifer Carter
M.S. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering, 2015