UMass Amherst
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Institute for Cellular Engineering



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Gregory Tew
Associate Professor, Polymer Science and Engineering
Room A617, Conte Research Center
University of Massachusetts Amherst
120 Governors Drive
Amherst, MA 01003
(413) 577-1612

Macromolecular research utilizing modern synthetic organic chemistry

Macromolecular research in this century will be defined by discoveries at the interface of chemistry, biology, and materials science. Research in the Tew group is focused on problems at this interface. A common theme of all projects in the group is the use of modern synthetic organic chemistry to build interesting novel macromolecules which are chemically rich and to study their properties using various physical methods. In one major thrust, we are interested in understanding how to program molecules with the necessary information to self-order into complex, hierarchical functional materials. Another thrust is elucidating the rules required to create biomimetics with structure and function rivaling proteins. Recent interests include novel water-soluble macromolecules for wound dressings and unique metal-containing polymers which are magnetic. Success in this area will be extremely important and already includes membrane active biomimetics for antimicrobials, novel folded molecules, heirarchical self-assembly, super absorbent gels, and magnetic materials.


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University of Massachusetts
Institute for Cellular Engineering
686 North Pleasant Street
159 Goessmann Laboratory
Amherst, MA 01003