Derek Patton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Polymers and High Performance Materials

The Patton Research Group focuses on three core research areas, including 1) polymer surface engineering, 2) photopolymerization of functional polymer networks, and 3) polybenzoxazine thermoset chemistries. Projects in the group are hypothesis driven and focus primarily on new materials design. A selection of ongoing research projects are listed below:

1) Bio-inspired design of superhydrophobic and superoleophobic materials
2) Mussel-inspired design of polymer-based adhesives and sealants
3) Thole-mediated reactions for polymer surface engineering
4) Design of flexible and functional polybenzoxazine thermosets

Undergraduate researchers are actively involved in every project within the Patton Research Group, and as a result, many of our peer-reviewed articles are published with undergraduates as contributing coauthors.

(±Indicates graduate students for whom Dr. Patton served as major professor; #Indicates undergraduate student for whom Dr. Patton served as an advisor; $Indicates postdoctoral associate for whom Dr. Patton served as an advisor; *Indicates the corresponding author; Journal Impact Factors represent 2012 statistics)

1. 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.
Journal Impact Factor: 3.38 (Source: ISI Journal Citation Reports).
2. 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. Special Issue from the 2012 Polymer Networks Conference.
Journal Impact Factor: 0.913 (Source: ISI Journal Citation Reports).
3. McNair, O.; Sparks, B.±; Janisse, A.; Brent, D.; Patton, D.; Savin, D.* "Highly Tunable Thiol-Ene Networks via Dual Thiol Addition" Macromolecules 2013, 46, 5614-5612.
Journal Impact Factor: 5.52 (Source: ISI Journal Citation Reports).
4. 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.
Journal Impact Factor: 5.01 (Source: ISI Journal Citation Reports).
5. 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.
Journal Impact Factor: 3.54 (Source: ISI Journal Citation Reports).
6. 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.
Journal Impact Factor: 8.24 (Source: ISI Journal Citation Reports).
7. Baranek, A.±; Kendrick, L.#; Narayanan, J.±; Tyson, G.#; Wand, S.; Patton, D.* “Flexible aliphatic-bridged bisphenol-based polybenzoxazines” Polym. Chem. 2012, 3, 2892-2900.
Journal Impact Factor: 5.23 (Source: ISI Journal Citation Reports).
8. Narayanan, J.±; Jungman, M.±; Patton, D.* "Hybrid dual-cure polymer networks via sequential thiol-ene photopolymerization and thermal ring-opening polymerization of benzoxazines" 2012, React. Funct. Polym. 72, 799-806.
Journal Impact Factor: 2.51 (Source: ISI Journal Citation Reports).
9. 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.
Journal Impact Factor: 5.23 (Source: ISI Journal Citation Reports).
10. 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”.
Journal Impact Factor: 4.93 (Source: ISI Journal Citation Reports).
11. 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”.
Journal Impact Factor: 4.93 (Source: ISI Journal Citation Reports).
12. 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.
Journal Impact Factor: 5.23 (Source: ISI Journal Citation Reports).
13. 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.
Journal Impact Factor: 5.96 (Source: ISI Journal Citation Reports).
14. Rahane, S.$; Hensarling, R.±; Sparks, B.±; Stafford, C.; Patton, D.* “Synthesis of Multifunctional Polymer Brush Surfaces via Sequential and Orthogonal Thiol-Click Reactions” J. Mater. Chem. 2012, 22, 932-943.
Journal Impact Factor: 5.96 (Source: ISI Journal Citation Reports).
15. Sparks, B.±; Ray, J.; Savin, D.; Stafford, C. Patton, D.* “Synthesis of Thiol-Clickable and Block Copolypeptide Brushes via Nickel-Mediated Surface Initiated Polymerization of α-Amino Acid N-Carboxyanhydrides (NCAs)” Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 6245-6247. Selected for Feature on the Inside Cover of Chemical Communications.
Journal Impact Factor: 6.39 (Source: ISI Journal Citation Reports).
16. Hensarling, R.±; Rahane, S.$; 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. Featured on the Inside Cover of Polymer Chemistry and as a “Hot Article” on the Polymer Chemistry blog.
Journal Impact Factor: 5.23 (Source: ISI Journal Citation Reports).
17. 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.
Journal Impact Factor: 3.37 (Source: ISI Journal Citation Reports).
18. Hensarling, R.±; Doughty, V.#; Chan, J.; Patton, D.* “Clicking” Polymer Brushes with Thiol-yne Chemistry: Indoors and Out” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 14673-14675.
Journal Impact Factor: 10.68 (Source: ISI Journal Citation Reports).