Patrica Calvo

Dr. Patricia Calvo

Assistant Professor
location CBC 301
Research Themes

Design and Synthesis of Molecules and Supramolecular Architecturesblank spacerFunctional Materials, Catalysis, and Nanochemistryblank spacerDesign and Synthesis of Molecules and Supramolecular Architectures

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Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern Univ.
Chemistry Lecture, Texas A&M
Research Scientist, Rochal Industries LLC, Texas
Ph.D., Organic Polymer Chem., University of Florida
B.S., Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO

Research Overview

Research in the Calvo group is centered around designing functional materials (polymers) to address real-world challenges. Specifically, we use a bottom-up approach to precisely control the functionality and architecture of polymers and macromolecular systems to study how structure is related to macroscopic properties. We use organic synthesis tools to create functionalized monomers and controlled polymerization techniques to synthesize well-defined polymers with various architectures. Specific applications of interest include controlled drug delivery, antimicrobial materials, hydrogels, polymer-metal chelation, polymers in agriculture and functional materials from bio-renewable feedstocks. While addressing these real-world challenges, we also incorporate and develop novel functionalization and polymerization methods.

Selected publications

  • Calvo, P. R.; Hochberg, J; Sparks, C; Wagener, K. B.; Sumerlin, B. S. “Hyperbranched aminobisphosphonate polymers via self-condensing vinyl polymerization and post-polymerization multicomponent reactions”, Macrom. Rapid Commun., 42, 200057,2021
  • Bachler, P. R.; Forry, K. E.; Sparks, C.; Schulz, M. D.; Wagener, K. B.; Sumerlin, B. S. “Modular segmented hyperbranched copolymers” Polym Chem, 7, 4155-4159, 2016
  • Bachler, P. R.; Schulz, M. D.; Sparks, C.; Wagener, K. B.; Sumerlin, B. S. “Aminobisphosphonate polymers via RAFT and a multicomponent Kabachnik-Fields reaction” Macrom. Rapid Commun., 36, 828-833, 2015
  • Alfurhood, J., Bachler, P. R. “Hyperbranched polymers via RAFT self-condensing vinyl polymerization”, Polym. Chem., 7, 3361-3369, 2016
  • Alfurhood, J., Sun, H., Bachler, P. R., Sumerlin, B.S. “Hyperbranched poly(N-(2-hydroxypropyl) methacrylamide) via RAFT self-condensing vinyl polymerization”, Polym. Chem., 7, 2099-2104, 2016