Chemistry seminars begin at 3:30PM on Friday afternoons in Science Center Room A011, and will be preceeded by refreshments at 3:15PM
Discussion seminars will also begin at 3:30PM on Friday afternoons; however, they will be held in Science Center Room A328. Refreshments will also be served at 3:15PM
Fri, Sep 6, 2019
Fri, Sep 13, 2019
Fri, Sep 20, 2019
Seminar Title: "Poly(2-alkenyl azlactone)s: Versatile Polymers for the Synthesis of Multifunctional Gels and Drug Delivery Platforms."
Professor Buck's Research Interests: Organic/Polymer Chemistry
"My research interests fall at the intersection of organic chemistry, polymer chemistry and materials science. We use a polymer bearing reactive, azlactone functional groups to assemble multifunctional hydrogels of interest in the contexts of drug delivery, in vitro cell culture, and tissue engineering and regeneration. We are currently developing both complex 2D and 3D hydrogel scaffolds functionalized with a broad range of chemical and biological motifs that can direct the behavior of mammalian cells cultured on these materials. A second major area of research focuses on the use of these azlactone-based polymers as macromolecular drug delivery vehicles. We are fabricating nanoscale polymeric micelles that can be used to deliver chemotherapeutics with control over where and when the drug is released. We are also working in collaboration with Sarah Moore’s lab in engineering to synthesize protein-polymer-drug conjugates that specifically target cancer cells as well as cells at the blood-brain barrier."