Group News


  • ---2017---
  • Congratulations to Dr. Jeremy Beach for successfully defending his PhD!
  • Congratulations to our Senior Design Team, Christian AndersonSchoepe, Christopher Berger, Kaitlyn Leary, and Samuel Snyder for winning the ASM International Design Competition for their work with PEEK Aerogels! Team members along with mentor Samantha Talley and Dr. Robert Moore will receive their award at the Fall MS&T meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Christina Orsino's poster titled "Morphological Evolution of Perfluorinated Ionomers from Dispersion to Membrane by Solution-Processing" is selected as a "Distinguished Poster" nominee in the PMSE Division at the Fall 2017 ACS National Meeting.
  • Lindsey Anderson, Gregory Fahs, Lin Ju, and Samantha Talley all gave fantastic presentations at the Fall 2017 ACS National Meeting in Washington, D.C.
  • Kristen Felice and Christina Orsino presented posters in the PMSE Division at the Fall 2017 ACS National Meeting in Washington, D.C.
  • Samantha Talley and our Senior Design Team publish "Mechanically robust and superhydrophobic aerogels of poly(ether ether ketone)" in Polymer. Polymer., 2017, DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2017.05.047
  • Congratulations to our Senior Design Team, Christian AndersonSchoepe, Christopher Berger, Kaitlyn Leary, and Samuel Snyder for winning the MSE Senior Design Project of the Year! They have been chosen to represent Virginia Tech at the ASM International Senior Design Competition.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Theodore Canterbury for successfully defending his PhD!
  • Congratulations to Christy and Lin for passing their preliminary exams!
  • Samantha Talley's recent publication "Thermoreversible Gelation of Poly(ether ether ketone)", ACS Macro Lett., 2017, 262-266 is selected for a cover art feature.
  • Sam Cover Art Macromolecules
  • Gregory Fahs publishes "Blocky Sulfonation of Syndiotactic Polystyrene: A Facile Route toward Tailored Ionomer Architecture via Postpolymerization Functionalization in the Gel State" in Macromolecules, Macromolecules, 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.7b00408
  • Samantha Talley and Xijing Yuan publish "Thermoreversible Gelation of Poly(ether ether ketone)" in ACS Macro Letters, ACS Macro Lett., 2017, 262-266.
  • Lindsey Anderson and Christina Orsino present posters at the 2017 ACS Poly division Polymers for Fuel Cells, Energy Storage & Conversion conference in Pacific Grove, CA.
  • Joe Rittenhouse successfully defends his Masters Thesis titled "Mechanics and Fracture Behavior of Thermomechanical Bonds in Nonwoven Fabric".
  • Lindsey Anderson and Samantha Talley are on the student committee selected to chair the Graduate Student Symposium at the 254th National ACS meeting in Washington, DC in 2017.
  • ---2016---
  • Ted Canterbury’s recent publication “A new hydrophilic supramolecular photocatalyst for the production of H2 in aerobic aqueous solutions,” Chem. Comm., 2016, 52, 8663-8666 is selected for a cover art feature.   

  • Lindsey Anderson presents “Non-Random Sulfonation of Poly(ether ether ketone) via Post Polymerization Functionalization of Theremoreversible Gels” at the National Graduate Research Polymer Conference at the University of Akron, June 2016.
  • Samantha Talley presents “Thermoreversible Gelation of Poly(ether ether ketone)” at the National Graduate Research Polymer Conference at the University of Akron, June 2016.