Daniel A. Savin

Assistant Professor

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B.S., Chemistry, Harvey Mudd College, 1995. M.S., Polymer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, 1997. Ph.D., Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University, 2002. Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 2002-2003. Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Physics, University of Vermont, 2003-2008. Assistant Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering, 2008-present.

Research Areas

Self-assembly of stimuli-responsive block copolymers and biomimetic materials: property-structure relationships in polypeptide-based micelles, (organo)gels, and liquid crystals. High performance materials: hybrid polymer-nanoparticle composites, self-healing materials.  Oil dispersion and anti-deposition materials. Light scattering characterization of complex systems.

Recent Publications

(22) Ray, J.; Naik, S.; Hoff, E.; Johnson, A.; Ly, J.; Easterling, C.; Patton, D.; Savin, D. "Stimuli-Responsive Peptide-Based ABA-Triblock Copolymers: Unique Morphology Transitions With pH" Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2012, 33, 819-826. 

(21) B. Sparks, T. Kuchera, M. Jungman, A. Richardson, D. Savin, S. Hait, J. Lichtenhan, M. Striegel, D. Patton.  “Cyclic Tetravinylsiloxanetetraols as Hybrid Inorganic-organic Thiol-ene Networks.”  J. Mater. Chem. 2012, 22, 3817-3824.

(20)  A. Bapat, D. Roy, J. Ray, D. Savin, B. Sumerlin.  “Dynamic-Covalent Macromolecular Stars with Boronic Ester Linkages.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133 (49), pp 19832–19838.

(19)  R. Griffitt, N. Brown-Peterson, C. Manning, D. Savin, I. Boube, R. Ryan, M. Brouwer. “Effects of Chronic Nanoparticulate Silver Exposure to Adult and Juvenile Sheepshead Minnow (Cyprinodon variegatus).” Environmental Toxicology and Chem. 2012, 31, 160-167.

(18) S. Naik, J. Ray, D. Savin. "Temperature- and pH-Responsive Self-assembly of Poly(propylene oxide)-b-Poly(lysine) Block Copolymers in Aqueous Solution" Langmuir 2011, 27, 7231–7240.

(17) J. Ray, J. Ly, D. Savin. “Peptide-based Lipid Mimetics with Tunable Core Properties via Thiol-Alkyne Chemistry .” Polym. Chem. 2011, 2, 1536-1541.

(16) B. Sparks, J. Ray, D. Savin, C. Stafford, D. Patton. "Synthesis of Thiol-clickable and Block Copolypeptide Brushes via Nickel-mediated Surface Initiated Polymerization of a-Amino Acid N-carboxyanhydrides (NCAs)." Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 6245-6247.

(15) S. Naik, J. Chan, C. Comer, C. Hoyle, D. Savin.  “Thiol–yne ‘Click’ Chemistry as a Route to Functional Lipid Mimetics.” Polym. Chem. 2011. 2, 303-305.

(14) A. Smith, X. Xu, D. Savin and C. McCormick.  “Reversible Gold Locked Synthetic Vesicles Derived from Stimuli-Responsive Diblock Copolymers.” Polym. Chem. 2010. 1 (5), 628-630.

(13) A. Smith, X. Xu, S. Kirkland-York, D. Savin, C. McCormick. "Schizophrenic” Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers Synthesized via Aqueous RAFT Polymerization: From Micelles to Vesicles." Macromolecules 2010. 43 (3), 1210-1217.

(12) A. Magenau, N. Martinez-Castro, D. Savin and R. Storey.  “Site Transformation of Polyisobutylene Chain Ends to RAFT Polymerization: Synthesis of Poly(isobutylene-b-N-isopropylacrylamide).” Macromolecules 2009.  42 (21), 8044-8051.

(11) S. Naik and D. Savin. “Poly(Z-Lysine)-based Organogels: Effect of Interfacial Frustration on Gel Strength.” Macromolecules, 2009, 42 (18), 7114–7121.

(10) K. Murphy, J. Eisenhauer and D. Savin. "Synthesis, Self-Assembly and Adsorption of PEO-PLA Block Copolymers onto Colloidal Polystyrene." J. Polym. Sci. Part B: Polym. Phys., 2008, 46 (3), 244-252.

(9) K. Gebhardt, S. Ahn, G. Venkatachalam and D. Savin. "Temperature and pH Response of Poly(butadiene)-Poly(L-Lysine) Block Copolymer Assemblies in Aqueous Media." J. Colloid Interface Sci. 2008, 317. 70-76.

(8) K. Gebhardt, S. Ahn, G. Venkatachalam and D. Savin. "Rod-Sphere Transition in Poly(butadiene)-Poly(L-Lysine) Block Copolymer Assemblies." Langmuir, 2007, 23(5), 2851-2856.

(7) D. Savin, G. Patterson and J. Stevens. "Evidence of the gamma-Relaxation in the Light Scattering Spectra of Poly (n-hexyl methacrylate) Near the Glass Transition." J. Polym. Sci. Part B: Polym. Phys., 2005, 43(12), 1504-1519.

(6) D. Savin, A. Larson and T. Lodge. "Effect of Composition on the Width of the Calorimetric Glass Transition in Polymer/Solvent and Solvent/Solvent Mixtures." J. Polym. Sci. Part B: Polym. Phys., 2004, 42 (7), 1155-1163.

(5) G. Min, D. Savin, Z. Gu, G.D. Patterson, S.H. Kim, D.J. Ramsay, D. Fishman, I. Ivanov, E. Sheina, E. Slaby, and J. Oliver. "Solution Characterization of Monodisperse Atactic Polystyrenes by Static and Dynamic Light Scattering." Int. J. Polym. Anal. Char., 2003, 8 (3), 187-207.

(4) D. Savin, J. Pyun, G. Patterson, T. Kowalewski, K. Matyjaszewski. "Synthesis and Characterization of Silica-graft-Polystyrene Hybrid Nanoparticles: Effect of Constraint on the Tg of Spherical Polymer Brushes." J. Polym. Sci. Part B: Polym. Phys., 2002, 40 (23), 2667-2676.

(3) J. Pyun, K. Matyjaszewski, T. Kowalewski, D. Savin, G. Patterson, G. Kickelbick and N. Huesing. "Synthesis of Well-Defined Block Copolymers Tethered to Polysilsesquioxane Nanoparticles and Their Nanoscale Morphology on Surfaces." J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2001, 123 (38), 9445-9446.

(2) K. Karukstis, D. Savin, C. Loftus and N. D'Angelo. "Spectroscopic Studies of the Interaction of Methyl Orange with Cationic Alkyltrimethylammonium Bromide Surfactants: An Example of Induced Fit." J. Colloid Interface Sci., 1998, 203 (1), 153-163.

(1) K. Karukstis, M. Kao, D. Savin, R. Bittker, K. Kaphengst, C. Emetarom, N. Naito and D. Takamoto. "Spectral Studies of Lanthanide Interactions with Membrane Surfaces." J. Phys. Chem., 1995, 99, 4339-4346.