James W. Rawlins

Associate Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering

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B.S., Polymer Science in 1993, and Ph.D., Polymer Science and Engineering in 1999, University of Southern Mississippi; Highland International, Inc., Technical Director, 1999-2000; Bayer Corporation, Senior Research Chemist/Technical Marketing Manager of Powder Coating Raw Materials, 2000-2004; Associate Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Southern Mississippi, 2004-present.

Research Areas

Polymer science and engineering; Polymer and monomer synthesis and design for thermosetting systems; Protective, decorative, and functional Coatings; Polymer interpenetrating networks; Forensic analysis of polymers, coatings, adhesives, fibers, films; Compatible and incompatible blending in crosslinked polymer systems; Nanoencapsulation for embedded raw material delivery; Emulsion and miniemulsion polymerization; Polymeric photovoltaic materials; Polymer synthesis and healing via enzymatic catalysis, Structure property-relationships with thermoplastic, crosslinked, and hybrid polymeric materials; Raw material development from natural and renewable resources; Self-decontamination coatings for ChemBio agents.

Recent Publications & Patents


1. Rawlins, J. W.; Whittermore, J. I. V., In commodity plastics. Polymer Grafting and Crosslinking 2009, 319-326.

2. Rawlins, J. W.; Swanson, J., In automobiles. Polymer Grafting and Crosslinking 2009, 203-210.

3. Rawlins, J. W.; Mendon, S. K., In coatings, adhesives, and laminates. Polymer Grafting and Crosslinking 2009, 273-318.

4. Rawlins, J. W.; Ferguson, R. C.; Stockett, A. S.; Dutta, S.; Delatte, D. E., Synthesis of alkyd/acrylic hybrid latexes for paper coating applications. Tappi Journal 2009, 8, (6), 18-23.

5. Pratt, J. D.; Olson, B. G.; Brandt, J. P.; Hassan, M. K.; Ratto, J. A.; Wiggins, J. S.; Rawlins, J. W.; Nazarenko, S., High-oxygen barrier materials based on hyperbranched aliphatic polyesters. ACS Symposium Series 2009, 1004, (Polymer Degradation and Performance), 17-30.

6. Black, M.; Rawlins, J. W., Thiol-ene UV-curable coatings using vegetable oil macromonomers. European Polymer Journal 2009, 45, (5), 1433-1441.

7. Yang, H.; Mendon, S. K.; Rawlins, J. W., Nanoencapsulation of blocked isocyanates through aqueous emulsion polymerization. eXPRESS Polymer Letters 2008, 2, (5), 349-356.

8. Rawlins, J. W.; Wales, M. E., Putting nature to work: using enzymes for decontamination and polymer modification. European Coatings Journal 2008, (11), 26-31.

9. Rawlins, J. W.; Pramanik, M.; Mendon, S. K., Synthesis and Characterization of Soyamide Ferulate. Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society 2008, 85, (8), 783-789.

10. Mann, N.; Mendon, S. K.; Rawlins, J. W.; Thames, S. F., Synthesis of Carbonated Vernonia Oil. Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society 2008, 85, (8), 791-796.

11. Alidedeoglu, A. H.; Dutta, S.; Misra, R.; Rawlins, J. W.; Morgan, S. E., Copolymerization of sec-butenyl acetate with styrene via emulsion polymerization. Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry 2007, 45, (15), 3191-3203

12. Quintero, C.; Delatte, D.; Diamond, K.; Mendon, S. K.; Rawlins, J. W.; Thames, S. F., Reaction calorimetry as a tool to determine diffusion of vegetable oil macromonomers in emulsion polymerization. Progress in Organic Coatings 2006, 57, (3), 202-209.


Rawlins, J. W.; Mendon, S. K.; Liu, Y. Vernonia oil-based polyols for foam products. 2008-US79167 2009048927, 20081008., 2009.

Thames, S. F.; Rawlins, J. W.; Mendon, S. K.; Delatte, D. Glycerol ester-free functionalized vegetable oil derivatives and their latex compositions comprising fatty amide (meth)acrylate monomers. 2007-699693 2008183000, 20070130., 2008.

Thames, S. F.; Rawlins, J. W.; Delatte, D.; Dutta, S. Functionalized vegetable oil derivatives for use in coatings and polymer compositions. 2006-345653 2006211795, 20060201., 2006.