Derek L. Patton

Associate Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering

Patton Research Group Page

2014-presentAssociate Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering
2008-2014Assistant Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering
2006-08NRC Postdoctoral Associate; Polymers Division, NIST
2006Ph.D.; Chemistry, University of Houston
2002M.S.; Chemistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham
2000B.S.; Chemistry, Jacksonville State University














College of Science and Technology Faculty Research Award 2015

NSF CAREER Award 2011

USM Junior Faculty Research Award 2011


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



62. Amato, D. N.; Amato, D. V.; Adewunmi, Y.; Mavrodi, O. V.; Parsons, K. H.; Swilley, S. N.; Braasch, D. A.; Walker, W. D.; Mavrodi, D. V.; Patton, D. L.* “ Using Aldehyde Synergism to Direct the Design of Degradable Pro-Antimicrobial Networks” ACS Appl. Bio Mater. 2018, 1, 1983-1991. DOI: 10.1021/acsabm.8b00500.

61. Xiong, L.; Guo, W.; Alameda, B.; Sloan, R.; Walker, W.; Patton, D.* " Rational Design of Superhydrophilic/Superoleophobic Surfaces for Oil–Water Separation via Thiol–Acrylate Photopolymerization " ACS Omega 2018, 3, 10278-10285. DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.8b01461 (Open Access).

60. Chidanguro, T.; Blank, D.; Garrett, A.; Reese, C.; Schekman, J.; Yu, X.; Patton, D.; Ayres, N.; Simon, Y.* "Fabrication of single-chain nanoparticles through the dimerization of pendant anthracene groups via photochemical upconversion" Dalton Trans. 2018, 47, 8663-8669. DOI: 10.1039/C8DT01392F

59. Amato, D. V.; Amato, D. N.; Blancett, L.; Mavrodi, O. V.; Martin, W. B.; Swilley, S. N.; Sandoz, M. J.; Shearer, G.; Mavrodi, D. V.; Patton. D. L.* "A Bio-Based Pro-Antimicrobial Polymer Network via Degradable Acetal ages" Acta Biomater. 2018, 67, 196-205. DOI: 10.1016/j.actbio.2017.12.016


58. Guo, W.; Reese, C. R.; Xiong, L.; Logan, P. K.; Thompson, B. J.; Stafford, C. M.; Ievlev, A. V.; Lokitz, B. S.; Ovchinnikova, O. S.; Patton, D. L.* "Buckling Instabilities in Polymer Brush Surfaces via Postpolymerization Modification" Macromolecules 2017, 50, 8670-8677. DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.7b01888

57. Guo, W.; Xiong, L.; Reese, C. R.; Amato, D. V.; Thompson, B. J.; Logan, P. K.; Patton, D. L.* "Post-Polymerization Modification of Styrene-Maleic Anhydride Copolymer Brushes" Polym. Chem. 2017, 8, 6778-6785. DOI: 10.1039/C7PY01659J

56. Brei, M. R.; Donovan, B. R.; Patton, D. L. Storey, R. F.* "Synthesis and Thiol-ene Photopolymerization of (Meth)allyl-Terminated Polysulfides" J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2017, 134, 45523. DOI: 10.1002/app.45523

55. Amato, D. N.; Amato, D. V.; Mavrodi, O. V.; Martin, W. B.; Swilley, S. N.; Parsons, K. H.; Mavrodi, D. V.*; Patton, D. L.* "Pro-Antimicrobial Networks via Degradable Acetals (PANDAs) Using Thiol–Ene Photopolymerization" ACS Macro Letters 2017, 6, 171-175. DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.7b00009

54. Amato, D. V.; Lee, H.; Werner, J. G.; Weitz, D. A.*; Patton, D. L.* "Functional Microcapsules via Thiol-Ene Photopolymerization in Droplet-Based Microfluidics" ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2017, 9, 3288-3293. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b16382

53. Hoff, E. A.; Abel, B. A.; Tretbar, C. A.; McCormick, C. L.; Patton, D. L.* "Aqueous RAFT at pH zero: enabling controlled polymerization of unprotected acyl hydrazide methacrylamides" Polym. Chem. 2017, DOI: 10.1039/c6py01563h.

52. Guan, Y.;  Meyers, K.; Mendon, S.; Hao, G.; Douglas, J.; Trigwell, S.; Nazarenko, S.; Patton, D.*; Rawlins, J.* "Eco-Friendly Fabrication of Modified Graphene Oxide Latex Nanocomposites with High Oxygen Barrier Performance" ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2016, 8, 33210-33220.

51. Donovan, B. R.; Ballenas, J. E.; Patton, D. L.* Thiol–Trifluorovinyl Ether (TFVE) Photopolymerization: An On-Demand Synthetic Route to Semifluorinated Polymer Networks Macromolecules, 2016, 49, 7667–7675.

50. Amato, D. N.; Amato, D. V.; Mavrodi, O. V.; Braasch, D. A.; Walley, S. E.; Douglas, J. R.; Mavrodi, D. V.*; Patton, D. L.* "Destruction of Opportunistic Pathogens via Polymer Nanoparticle-Mediated Release of Plant-Based Antimicrobial Payloads" Adv. Healthcare Mater. 2016, 5, 1094-1103.

49. Hoff, E.; Abel, B.; Tretbar, C.; McCormick, C.; Patton, D.* "RAFT polymerization of “splitters” and “cryptos”: Exploiting azole-N-carboxamides as blocked isocyanates for ambient temperature post-polymerization modification" Macromolecules 2016, 49, 554–563. 

48. 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. 

47. 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, 16 , 3217–3225. 

46. 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.

45. 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.

44. 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.

43. 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.

42. 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. 

41. 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.  

40. 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.  

39. 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.  

38. 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. 

37. 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. 

36. 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. 

35. 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. 

34. 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.    

33. Baranek, A.; Kendrick, L.; Narayanan, J.; Tyson, G.; Wand, S.; Patton, D.* “Flexible aliphatic-bridged bisphenol-based polybenzoxazines” Polym. Chem. 2012, 3, 2892-2900. 

32. 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

31. 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. 

30. 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.  Part of a special issue: “Polymer Science – The Next Generation“.  

29. 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“.   

28. 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.   

27. 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. 

26. 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.  

25. 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.     

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. 

23. 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.  

22. 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.  

21. 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.   Highlighted on the Front Cover of the journal.

20. 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.      Highlighted as a  Hot Article in the Polymer Chemistry Blog and on the   Inside Front Cover of the journal.

19. 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 memb" ECS Transactions 2010, 33, 1903-1913. 

18. 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.

17. 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

16. 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. 

15. Patton, D.; Taranekar, P.; Fulghum, T.; Advincula, R. "Electrochemically Active DendriticLinear Block Copolymers via RAFT Polymerization: Synthesis, Characterization, and Electrodeposition Properties"' Macromolecules, 2008, 41, 6703-6713.  

14. 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.  

13. Taranekar, P.; Fulghum, T.; Patton, D.; Ponnapoti, R.; Clyde, G.; Advincula, R. "Investigating Carbazole Jacketed Precursor Dendrimers: Sonochemical Synthesis, Characterization, and Electrochemical Crossing Properties" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 12537-12548.  

12. 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.  

11. Patton, D.; Advincula, R. "A Versatile Synthetic Route to Macromonomers via RAFT Polymerization" Macromolecules 2006, 39, 8674.  

10. Taranekar, P.; Park, J.; Patton, D.; Fulghum, T.; Ramon, J.; Advincula, R. "Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticles via Intramolecular Crossing of Dendrimeric Precursors" Adv. Mat. 2006, 18, 2461.  

9. 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.  

8. Taranekar, P.; Abdulbaki, M.; Waenkaew, P.; Patton, D.; Fulghum, T.; Advincula, R. “Synthesis and Properties of Poly(cyanoflourene-alt-o/m/p-phenylenevinylene)-basedAlternating Copolymers for Light-Emitting Diode” Chem. Mater. 2006, 39, 3848.  

7. 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.  

6. 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.  

5. 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.

4. 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.  

3. 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.  

2. 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.  

1. 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.  

Book Chapters

Hensarling, R.; Patton, D.* "Surface Engineering with Thiol-Click Chemistry" in Thiol-X Chemistries in Polymer and Materials Science, Lowe, A.; Bowman, C. Eds.; RSC, 2013. (Invited Book Chapter) 

Locklin, J.; Patton, D.; Advincula, R.C. "Nanoscale Manipulation of BolaformAmphiphiles." Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 2003, MarcelDekker Publishers, Invited chapter.