PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR - Neil Ayres Ph. D.
Dr. Neil Ayres received his Ph. D. training under Prof. David Haddleton at The University of Warwick, where his thesis was focused on surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization. After graduating in 2003 he worked as a post-doc for Prof. Charles McCormick at the University of Southern Mississippi, then Prof. William Brittain at the University of Akron, and also Prof. David Grainger at the University of Utah. He became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at The University of Cincinnati in 2008, and was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure in 2014.
Qinyuan joined the University of Cincinnati after receiving a Master's degree from the University of Akron, where she worked with Prof. Kevin Cavicchi. She is an expert in materials characterization and is preparing shape memory polymer foams for biomaterials applications.
Brett was an undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati earning degrees in both Chemistry and Biology. After being a part-time student in the graduate program he joined the Ayres group as a full-time student in 2014. His research is in the controlled polymerization of water soluble monomers that self-assemble in the presence of surfactants.
Mario received his B.S from Institute of Chemistry, Ceylon, Sri Lanka where he worked on the modifying the formulations for natural rubber latex based household gloves. He joined the group in January 2016. He is focused on preparing polypropylene fumarate containing copolymers and networks for biomaterials applications.
Siyang received her B.S. majoring in Chemical Engineering from Lanzhou University in China. She subsequently earned her Masters degree from the University of Akron with Profs. Bryan Vogt and Kevin Cavicchi where she studied mesoporous materials and polymerizations using RAFT.