Gregory N Tew

Gregory Tew

Adjunct Assistant Professor

UMASS-Amherst Department of Polymer Science and Engineering


Room A617, Conte Research Center

Mailing address: 

120 Governors Drive
Amherst, MA 01003

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B. S. Chemistry, North Carolina State University, 1995
Ph. D. Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2000

Honors and Distinctions:

Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Polymer Competence Center, Leoben, GmbH (PCCL)
Selected as Member of Faculty 1000, Macromolecular Chemistry Section
American Chemical Society-Division of Polymer Chemistry-2010 Polymer Division Fellow
Member, Defense Sciences Study Group of the Institute for Defense Analysses (DSSG)
American Chemical Society Polymer Division Mark Young Scholar
IUPAC MACRO International Samsung Young Polymer Scientist Award
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award
Army Research Office Young Investigator
DuPont Young Faculty Grant
Founder of PolyMedix, Inc - a cutting edge biomimetic design company
Co-Coordinator, CUMIRP Cluster B: Polymers in the BioArena

Research Interests

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. These endeavors are facilitated by intellectual creativity and significant scientific freedom is encouraged within the group. The group is composed of highly motivated students and we welcome your contributions in this exciting research activity. Students in the group are actively engaged in multi-disciplinary research, master many experimental techniques beyond synthetic methods, and are ideally positioned for future cutting-edge research positions in industry, academia, and goverment laboratories upon graduating from the group.