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Dr. Elizabeth Glogowski


Liz Glogowski

Assistant Professor





B.S. Chemistry and French, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2003
M.S. Polymer Science & Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, 2004
Ph.D. Polymer Science & Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, 2009
Post-doctoral Scientist, Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, 2008-2011



MSCI 234 Soft Materials
CHEM 325 Organic Chemistry I

Research Interests:

My current research interests focus on the synthesis of novel stimuli-responsive polymers for a wide range of applications including drug delivery and controlled release. My research program utilizes Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP) to control both polymer functionality and polymer architecture.  ATRP can be used to synthesize comb or brush polymers with desired chemical functionality to tailor polymer response to external stimuli such as temperature, pH, or ionic strength. My research group synthesizes stimuli-responsive polymers, including poly((2-dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate), using ATRP to achieve self-assembling diblock comb polymers or polymer-grafted colloids for applications ranging from "smart" surfactants and drug delivery systems to "smart" nanocomposites. My background includes synthesis and surface functionalization of inorganic nanoparticles and colloids, polymerization using controlled free radical techniques such as ATRP and RAFT, patterning of photoresponsive surfaces, and preparation of microfluidic devices for formation of microcapsules for carbon capture.


1."Adsorption Energy of Nano- and Microparticles at Liquid-liquid Interfaces" K.Du, E. Glogowski, T. Emrick, T. P. Russell, and A. D. Dinsmore, Langmuir, 2010, 26, 12518.

2. "Self-assembled Electrical Contact to Nanoparticles Using Metallic Droplets" K. Du, C. R. Knutson, E. Glogowski, K. D. McCarthy, R. Shenhar, V. M. Rotello, M. T. Tuominen, T. Emrick, T. P. Russell, and A. D. Dinsmore, Small, 2009, 5, 1974-1977.

3."Thin Film Instabilities in Blends under Cylindrical Confinement" D. Chen, J.-T. Chen, E. Glogowski, T. Emrick, T. P. Russell, Macromol. Rapid Commun., 2009, 30, 377-383.


4. "Effect of Nanoparticles on the Electrohydrodynamic Instabilities of Polymer/Nanoparticle Thin Films" J. Bae, E. Glogowski, S. Gupta, W. Chen, T. Emrick, and T. P. Russell, Macromolecules, 2008, 41, 2722-2726.


5."Responsive Assemblies: Gold Nanoparticles with Mixed Ligands in Microphase-separated Block Copolymers" Q. Li, J. He, E. Glogowski, X. Li, J. Wang, T. Emrick, and T. P. Russell, Adv. Mater., 2008, 20, 1462-1466.


6."Microcapsules of PEGylated Gold Nanoparticles Prepared by Fluid-fluid Interfacial Assembly" E. Glogowski, R. Tangirala, J.B. He, T. P. Russell, and T. Emrick, Nano Lett., 2007, 7, 389-393.


7."Functionalization of Nanoparticles for Dispersion in Polymers and Assembly in Fluids" E. Glogowski, R. Tangirala, T. P. Russell, and T. Emrick, J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem, 2006, 44, 5076-5086.


8."Mixed Monolayer Coverage on Gold Nanoparticles for Interfacial Stabilization of Immiscible Fluids" E. Glogowski, J. He, T. P. Russell, and T. Emrick, Chem. Commun. 2005, 32, 4050-4052.