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Derek Patton

Dr. Derek Patton



Derek L. Patton earned his B.S. in Chemistry (2000) from Jacksonville State University and his Ph.D. in Chemistry (2006) at the University of Houston. In 2006, he moved to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, Gaithersburg, MD) as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the Polymers Division, and in 2008, he joined the faculty in the School of Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Southern Mississippi. In 2014, Derek was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. His research group focuses on the design, synthesis, and characterization of advanced polymeric materials, including functional polymer surfaces for anti-wetting and anti-fouling applications and degradable polymers for sustainable and bioactive applications. He was awarded the NSF CAREER Award and the USM Junior Faculty Research Award in 2011, and the College of Science and Technology Faculty Research Award in 2015.

  • Polymer Chemistry (PHD) - University of Houston (2006)
  • MS - University of Alabama at Birmingham (2002)
  • BS - Jacksonville State University (2000)
  • Using Aldehyde Synergism To Direct the Design of Degradable Pro-Antimicrobial Networks, ACS Applied Bio Materials, 2018, 10.1021/acsabm.8b00500
  • Rational Design of Superhydrophilic/Superoleophobic Surfaces for Oil-Water Separation via Thiol-Acrylate Photopolymerization, ACS Omega, 2018, 10.1021/acsomega.8b01461
  • Fabrication of single-chain nanoparticles through the dimerization of pendant anthracene groups via photochemical upconversion, DALTON TRANSACTIONS, 2018, 10.1039/c8dt01392f
  • A bio-based pro-antimicrobial polymer network via degradable acetal linkages, Acta Biomater., 2018, 10.1016/j.actbio.2017.12.016
  • Buckling Instabilities in Polymer Brush Surfaces via Postpolymerization Modification, Macromolecules, 2017, 10.1021/acs.macromol.7b01888
  • Aqueous RAFT at pH zero: enabling controlled polymerization of unprotected acyl hydrazide methacrylamides, Polym. Chem., 2017, 10.1039/C6PY01563H
  • Functional Microcapsules via Thiol-Ene Photopolymerization in Droplet-Based Microfluidics, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2017, 10.1021/acsami.6b16382
  • RAFT Polymerization of "Splitters" and "Cryptos": Exploiting Azole-N-carboxamides As Blocked Isocyanates for Ambient Temperature Postpolymerization Modification, Macromolecules, 2016, 10.1021/acs.macromol.5b02377
  • Destruction of Opportunistic Pathogens via Polymer Nanoparticle-Mediated Release of Plant-Based Antimicrobial Payloads, Adv. Healthcare Mater., 2016, 10.1002/adhm.201500974
  • American Chemical Society
  • ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry
  • ACS Division of Polymeric Materials, Science and Engineering

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Polymer Synthesis, polymer surfaces, surface characterization, degradable materials