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2023 Annual Covestro Distinguished Lectureship Series Presents

Brent Sumerlin

Dr. Brent Sumerlin
George B. Butler Professor

University of Florida
Chemistry-Organic Division









The Covestro Distinguished Lectureship is hosted annually by the School of Polymer Science and Engineering and recognizes excellence in polymer science and engineering research, education and community outreach.

Covestro is one of the world's largest producers of polymers and high-performance plastics. Its innovative developments in coatings, adhesives, insulating materials and sealants, polycarbonates and polyurethanes significantly enhance the quality of our lives, particularly in the automotive and construction, electrical and electronics, household, sports, and leisure sectors.

Wednesday May 10th, 2023


8:30 am - GA Open Forum - Auditorium, Shelby Thames Polymer Science Research Center

4:30 pm - Reception - Atrium

5:00 pm - Lecture - Auditorium

Please join us in the School of Polymer Science and Engineering to hear our distinguished lecturer, Dr. Brent Sumerlin. Dr. Sumerlin's research concerns the identification, synthesis, and
characterization of polymers with selected functionality, composition, and molecular architecture.

Claire Clemons

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2021-2022 Dr. Satish Kumar
Professor,  School of Materials Science and Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
“Developments in Carbon Fibers”
 Hosted by Prof. Jeffrey Wiggins, School of Polymer Science and Engineering

2020-2021 Dr. Karen Winey
Department Chair, Professor, and TowerBrook Foundation Faculty Fellow of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Pennsylvania
“Precise Polymer Microstructures Produce Nanoscale Morphologies for Improved Transport Properties”
 Hosted by Prof. Xiaodan Gu, School of Polymer Science and Engineering

2019-2020  Dr. John R. Reynolds
Director, Georgia Tech Polymer Network Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics
Georgia Institute of Technology 
“Conjugated Polymers in Redox Active Devices”
2018-2019  Prof. Mark A. Hillmyer
McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair, Distinguished Teaching Professor
Director of the Center for Sustainable Polymers / Editor-in-Chief Macromolecules
University of Minnesota

"Renewable, Degradable and High-Performing Aliphatic Polyester Elastomers"


2017-2018 Prof Lyn Loo
Princeton University

2016-2017 Prof. Nancy R. Sottos
University of Illinois
"Polymers with Biologically-Inspired Autonomous Functions"
Hosted by Prof. Yoan Simon

Inaugural Covestro Lectureship (January 20, 2016)
2015-2016 Prof. Timothy Long
Virginia Tech
"The Allure of Noncovalent Interactions in Polymer Design: Asking Nature for Help"
Hosted by Prof. Derek Patton

2014-2015 Prof. Kristi L. Kiick
University of Delaware
"Resilin-Based Hybrid Materials for Applications In Regenerative Medicine"
Hosted by Prof. Sarah Morgan

2012-2013 Prof Stuart J. Rowan Case
Case Western Reserve University
"Structurally Dynamic Polymers"
Hosted by Prof. Daniel Savin

2011-2012 Prof Geoffrey Coates
Cornell University
"New Routes to Benign Polymers"
Hosted by Prof. Jeffrey Wiggins

2010-2011 Prof Craig Hawker
University of California Santa Barbara
"Functionalized Nanostructures Based On Efficient Chemistry"
Hosted by Prof. Charles McCormick

2009-2010 Prof. Adi Eisenberg
McGill University
"Self-Assembly of Block-Copolymers"

2008-09 Prof. Eric Baer
Case Western Reserve University
"Layered Polymeric Systems by Forced Assembly"

2007-08 Prof. Byron Pipes
Purdue University
"From Metals to Polymers: The Coming Transition of the Aerospace Industry"

2006-2007 Prof. Joachim Kohn
Rutgers University
"Combinatorial Development of New Medical Implants"

2005-2006 Prof. Kristi S Anseth
University of Colorado
"Photopolymerized Hydrogels as Niches to Promote Tissue Regeneration"

2004-2005 Prof. Paula T. Hammond
"Thin Film Nano-assemblies: New Explorations of Multilayer Coatings"

2003-2004 Dr. Eric J. Amis
"Exploiting the Innovator's Dilemma: New Paradigms in Polymer Science"

2002-2003 Prof. Alan J. Russell
University of Pittsburgh
"Exploring the Interface between Materials and Biotechnology" 

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