Derek L. Patton

Associate Professor of Polymer Science

Patton Research Group Page

2000B.S.; Chemistry, Jacksonville State University
2002M.S.; Chemistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham
2006Ph.D.; Chemistry, University of Houston

NRC Postdoctoral Associate; Polymers Division, NIST


Assistant Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering


Associate Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering









NSF CAREER Award 2011
USM Junior Faculty Research Award 2011
College of Science and Technology Faculty Research Award 2015


Functional polymer surfaces; surface-initiated polymerization; photopolymerization; thiol-click chemistry; polybenzoxazines


  1. Sengupta, P.; Gloria, J.; Amato, D. N.; Amato, D. A.; Patton, D.; Murali, B.; Flynt, A.* "Utilizing Intrinsic Properties of Polyaniline to Detect Nucleic Acid Hybridization through Electrostatic Interaction." Biomacromolecules 2015, In Press. Link
  2. Amato, D. N.; Amato, D. V.; Narayanan, J.; Donovan, B. R.; Douglas, J. R.; Walley, S. E.; Flynt, A.; Patton, D.* "Functional, composite polythioether nanoparticles via thiol-alkyne photopolymerization in miniemulsion" Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 10910-10913. Link
  3. Yager, K.;* Forrey, C.; Singh, G.; Satija, S.; Page, K.; Patton, D.; Douglas, J.; Jones, R.; Karim, A.* "Thermally-Induced Transition of Lamellae Orientation in Block-Copolymer Films on 'Neutral' Nanoparticle-Coated Substrates" Soft Matter 2015, 11, 5154-5167. Link
  4. Foster, S.; Hoff, E.; Curtzwiler, G.; Williams, E.; Davis, K.; Patton, D.; Rawlins, J.* "Chemorheology investigations of a glassy epoxy thermoset on tensile plastic flow and fracture morphology" J. Polym. Sci. Part B: Polym. Phys. 2015, 53, 1333-1344. Featured on the Front Cover. Link
  5. Amato, D. V.; Amato, D. N.; Flynt, A. S.; Patton, D.* "Functional, sub-100 nm polymer nanoparticles via thiol-ene miniemulsion photopolymerization" Polym. Chem. 2015, 6, 5625-5632. Featured in the 2015 Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigators Themed Issue. Link
    Donovan, B. R.; Cobb, J. S.; Hoff, E.F.T.; Patton, D.* "Thiol-ene Adhesives from Clove Oil Derivatives" RSC Advances 2014, 4, 61927-61935. Link 
  6. Arnold, R.; Patton, D.; Popik, V.; Locklin, J.* "A Dynamic Duo: Pairing Click Chemistry and Postpolymerization Modification to Design Complex Surfaces" Acc. Chem. Res. 2014, 47, 2999–3008.  Link
  7. Xiong, L.; Kendrick, L.; Heusser, H.; Webb, J.; Sparks, B.; Goetz, J.; Guo, W.; Stafford, C.; Blanton, M.; Nazarenko, S.; Patton, D.* "Spray-Deposition and Photopolymerization of Organic–Inorganic Thiol–ene Resins for Fabrication of Superamphiphobic Surfaces" ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2014, 6, 10763-10774.  Link 
  8. McNair, O.; Brent, D.; Sparks, B.; Patton, D.; Savin, D.* "Sequential Thiol Click Reactions: Formation of Ternary Thiourethane/Thiol–Ene Networks with Enhanced Thermal and Mechanical Properties" ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2014, 6, 6088-6097.  Link
  9. Baranek, A.; Kendrick, L.; Tretbar, C.; Patton, D.* "Solvent-free Copolymerization of Rigid and Flexible Bis-1,3-benzoxazines: Facile Tunability of Polybenzoxazine Network Properties" Polymer 2013, 54, 5553-5559.  Link
  10. McNair, O.; Sparks, B.; Janisse, A.; Brent, D.; Patton, D.; Savin, D.* "Highly Tunable Thiol-Ene Networks via Dual Thiol Addition" Macromolecules 2013, 46, 5614-5621. Link
  11. Jungman, M.; Cobb, J.; Lawler, D.; Sholar, J.; Johnson, C.; Patton, D.* "Exploring the Effect of Maximum Cure Temperature on the Thermal and Thermomechanical Properties of Polybenzoxazine Networks" Macromolecular Symposia 2013, 329, 133-141. Link
  12. Sparks, B; Hoff, E.F.T.; Xiong, L.; Goetz, J.; Patton, D.* "Superhydrophobic Hybrid Inorganic-Organic Thiol-ene Surfaces Fabricated via Spray -Deposition and Photopolymerization" ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2013, 5, 1811-1817. Link
  13. Hensarling, R.; Hoff, E.; LeBlanc, A.; Guo, W.; Rahane, S.; Patton, D.* "Photocaged pendent thiol polymer brush surfaces for post-polymerization modifications via thiol-click chemistry" J. Polym. Sci. Part A: Polym. Chem. 2013, 51, 1079-1090. Link
  14. Sparks, B.; Hoff, E. F.; Hayes, L.; Patton, D.* “Mussel-inspired Thiol-ene Polymer Networks: Influencing Network Properties and Adhesion with Catechol Functionality” Chem. Mater. 2012, 24, 3633–3642.  Link
  15. Baranek, A.; Kendrick, L.; Narayanan, J.; Tyson, G.; Wand, S.; Patton, D.* “Flexible aliphatic-bridged bisphenol-based polybenzoxazines” Polym. Chem. 2012, 3, 2892-2900. Link
  16. Narayanan, J.; Jungman, M.; Patton, D.* "Hybrid dual-cure polymer networks via sequential thiol-ene photopolymerization and thermal ring-opening polymerization of benzoxazines" React. Funct. Polym. 2012, 72, 799-806  Link
  17. Bapat, A.; Ray, J.; Savin, D.; Hoff, E.; Patton, D.; Sumerlin, B.* “Dynamic-covalent nanostructures prepared by Diels–Alder reactions of styrene-maleic anhydride-derived copolymers obtained by one-step cascade block copolymerization” Polym. Chem. 2012, 3, 3112-3120. Link
  18. Guo, W.; Hensarling, R.; LeBlanc, A.; Hoff, E.; Baranek, A.; Patton, D.* "Rapid Synthesis of Polymer Brush Surfaces via Microwave-Assisted Surface-Initiated Radical Polymerization (μW-SIP)" Macromol. Rapid. Commun. 2012,33, 863-868. Special Issue Invited Article: “Polymer Science – The Next Generation“.  Link
  19. 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.  Featured on the cover of special issue: “Polymer Science – The Next Generation“.  Link
  20. Patton, D.; Page, K.; Hoff, E.; Fasolka, M; Beers, K.* "'A Robust and High-Throughput Measurement Platform for Monomer Reactivity Ratios from Surface-Initiated Polymerization" Polym. Chem. 2012, 3, 1174-1181. Link 
  21. Sparks, B.; Kuchera, T.; Jungman, M.; Richardson, A.; Savin, D.; Hait, S.; Lichtenhan, J.; Striegel, M.; Patton, D.* "Cyclic Tetravinylsiloxanetetraols as Hybrid Inorganic-Organic Thiol-ene Networks" J. Mater. Chem. 2012, 22,3817-3824. Link
  22. Rahane, S.; Hensarling, R.; Sparks, B.; Stafford, C.; Patton, D.* "Synthesis of multifunctional polymer brush surfaces via sequential and orthogonal thiol-click reactions" J. Mater. Chem. 2012, 22, 932-943.  Link
  23. Deng, S., Fulghum, T.M., Krueger, G., Patton, D., Park, J.-Y., Advincula, R.C.* "Hybrid gold-nanoparticle-cored conjugated thiophene dendrimers: Synthesis, characterization, and energy-transfer studies" Chemistry - A European Journal 2011, 17, 8929-8940. Link   
  24. Sheppard, G.; Oseki, T.; Baba, A.; Patton, D.; Kaneko, F.; Mao, L.; Locklin, J.* "Thiolene-based microfluidic flow cells for surface plasmon resonance imaging" Biomicrofluidics 2011, 2, 26501-26507. Link
  25. Sparks, B.; Ray, J.; Savin, D.; Stafford, C. Patton, D.* “Synthesis of Thiol-Clickable and Block Copolypeptide Brushes via Nickel-Mediated Surface Initiated Polymerization of α-Amino Acid N-Carboxyanhydrides (NCAs)” Chem.Commun. 2011, 47, 6245-6247. Selected for Feature on the Inside Cover of Chemical Communications. Link
  26. Waenkaew, P.; Taranekar, P.; Jiang, G.; Huang, C.; Fulghum, T.; Patton, D.; Jayarathna, L.; Phanichphant, S.; Advincula, R.* “Nanostructured Interpenetrating Polymer Network (IPN) Precursor Ultrathin Film” Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2011, 212, 1039-1049. Link
  27. Patton, D.; Knoll, W.; Advincula, R.* "Polymer Loops vs. Brushes on Surfaces: Adsorption, Kinetics, and Viscoelastic Behavior of Thiol Telechelics on Gold" Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2011, 212, 485-497. Link Highlighted on the Front Cover of the Journal.
  28. Hensarling, R.; Rahane, S.; LeBlanc, A.; Sparks, B.; White, E.; Locklin, J.; Patton, D.* "Thiol-Isocyanate “Click” Reactions: Rapid Development of Functional Polymeric Surfaces" Polym. Chem. 2011, 2, 88-90.  Link   Highlighted as a Hot Article in the Polymer Chemistry Blog and on the Inside Front Cover of the journal.
  29. Arges, C.; Kulkarni, S.; Baranek, A.; Pan, K.-J.; Jung, M.-S.; Patton, D.; Mauritz, K.A.; Ramani, V. "Quaternary ammonium and phosphonium based anion exchange membrane" ECS Transactions 2010, 33, 1903-1913. Link
  30. Hensarling, R.; Doughty, V.; Chan, J.; Patton, D.* "Clicking Polymer Brushes with Thiol-Yne Chemistry: Inside and Out" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 14673-14675. Link
  31. Chan, E; Page, K.; Im, S.; Patton, D.; Huang, R.; Stafford, C. "Viscoelastic Properties of Confined Polymer Films Measured via Thermal Wrinkling"  Soft Matter 2009, 5, 4638-4641. DOI: 10.1039/b916207k
  32. Yager, K.G.; Berry, B.C.; Page, K.; Patton, D.; Karim, A.; Amis, E.J. "Disordered Nanoparticle Interfaces for Directed Self-assembly" Soft Matter 2009, 5, 622-628. Link
  33. Patton, D.; Taranekar, P.; Fulghum, T.; Advincula, R. "Electrochemically Active Dendritic Linear Block Copolymers via RAFT Polymerization: Synthesis, Characterization, and Electrodeposition Properties"' Macromolecules, 2008, 41, 6703-6713.  Link
  34. Patton, D.; Page, K.; Xu, C.; Genson, K.; Fasolka, M.; Beers, K. "Measurement of Reactivity Ratios in Surface-Initiated Radical Copolymerization" Macromolecules 2007, 40, 6017.  Link
  35. Taranekar, P.; Fulghum, T.; Patton, D.; Ponnapoti, R.; Clyde, G.; Advincula, R. "Investigating Carbazole Jacketed Precursor Dendrimers: Sonochemical Synthesis, Characterization, and Electrochemical Crosslinking Properties" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 12537-12548.  Link
  36. Taranekar, P.; Fulghum, T.; Baba, A.; Patton, D.; Advincula, R. “Quantitative electrochemical and electrochromic behavior of terthiophene and carbazole containing conjugated polymer network film precursors: EC-QCM and EC-SPR” Langmuir 2007, 23, 908-917.  Link
  37. Patton, D.; Advincula, R. "A Versatile Synthetic Route to Macromonomers via RAFT Polymerization" Macromolecules 2006, 39, 8674.  Link
  38. Taranekar, P.; Park, J.; Patton, D.; Fulghum, T.; Ramon, J.; Advincula, R. "Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticles via Intramolecular Crosslinking of Dendrimeric Precursors" Adv. Mat. 2006, 18, 2461.  Link
  39. Fulghum, T.; Patton, D.; Advincula, R. "Fuzzy Ternary Particle Systems by Surface-initiated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization from Layer-by-Layer Colloidal Core-Shell Macrointiator Particles" Langmuir 2006, 22, 8397.  Link
  40. Taranekar, P.; Abdulbaki, M.; Waenkaew, P.; Patton, D.; Fulghum, T.; Advincula, R. “Synthesis and Properties of Poly(cyanoflourene-alt-o/m/p-phenylenevinylene)-based  Alternating Copolymers for Light-Emitting Diode” Chem. Mater. 2006, 39, 3848.  Link
  41. Patton, D.; Mullings, M.; Advincula, R. “A Facile Synthesis Route to a,w-Functionalized Thiol Telechelics via Reversible Addition Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT) Polymerization” Macromolecules 2005, 38, 8597.  Link
  42. Deng, S.; Locklin, J.; Patton, D.; Baba, A.; Advincula, R. C.; “Thiophene Dendron Jacketed Poly(amidoamine) Dendrimers: Nanoparticle Synthesis and Adsorption on Graphite”  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127(6), 1744.  Link
  43. Katsuki, K.; Bekku, H.; Kawakami, A.; Locklin, J.; Patton, D.; Tanaka, K.; Advincula, R.; Usui, H. “Preparation of carbazole polymer thin films chemically bound to substrate surface by physical vapor deposition combined with self-assembled monolayer” Japanese Journal of Applied Physics Part 1: 2005, 44(1B), 504.
  44. Patton, D.; Locklin, J.; Meredith, M.; Xin, Y.; Advincula, R.; “Nanocomposite Hydrogen-Bonded Multilayer Ultrathin Films by Simultaneous Sexithiophene and Au Nanoparticle Formation” Chem. Mater. 2004, 16(24), 5063.  Link
  45. Locklin, J.; Patton, D.; Deng, S.; Baba, A.; Millan, M.; Advincula, R. C.; “Conjugated Oligothiophene-Dendron-Capped CdSe Nanoparticles: Synthesis and Energy Transfer” Chem. Mater. 2004, 16(24), 5187.  Link
  46. Patton, D.; Park, M.-K.; Wang, S.; Advincula, R. C.; “Evanescent Waveguide and Photochemical Characterization of Azobenzene-Functionalized Dendrimer Ultrathin Films” Langmuir 2002, 18(5), 1688.  Link
  47. Gryko, J.; McMillan, P.; Marzke, R.; Ramachandran, G.; Patton, D.; Deb, S.; Sankey, O. ”Low-density framework form of crystalline silicon with a wide optical band gap” Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics 2000, 62(12), 7707.  Link