2023 Boydston Group

2022 Boydston Group

Dr. Rachel Tritt's PhD Celebration

The Boydston group goes to ACS San Francisco 2023

The Boydston group wins 2nd place at the 2023 UW-Madison Engineering Expo

The Boydston group goes to ACS Chicago 2022

The Block Copolymers volleyball team

Dr. Lynde's PhD celebration!

Pumpkin Carving 2020 (aforementioned pumpkins on next slide)

Group Apple-Picking 2020 :)

Boydston Group Welcome Party

Celebratory 2020 TBE Pass Picture

The Boydston Group has a Hoppy Halloween!

Boydston Group at the 2019 BGS

The Brock Copolymers Softball Team

Congrats to Brock, who discovered how to manually input his score at Boydston Bowling!

Boydston Group at Mendota Terrace

Boydston Group at Lake Kegonsa

Boydston Group at the 2019 Bubble Run

2019 Boydston Group (Photo Credits to AJ)

The Boydston Research Group is a diverse and highly collaborative team that engages in interdisciplinary research to develop functional materials at multiple length scales. We specialize in synthetic polymer chemistry, photoredox catalysis, polymer mechanochemistry, and additive manufacturing (3D printing). Some of our main goals include discovery and development of new polymerization methods, design and evaluation of mechanophores that can trigger the release of small molecules, and establishing complete chemical control over every voxel within 3D printed multimaterial systems. Collectively, we think about chemical processes and structure-function relationships from molecular-scale up through systems integration.

Research Overview

Metal Free Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization (MF-ROMP)

Photoredox ROMP provides one of the few metal-free routes to access the high-value polymers synthesized via metathesis polymerizations. We use physical-organic principles to understand, optimize, and expand the functionality of photoredox ROMP.

Additive Manufacturing (AM)

The additive manufacturing subgroup leverages chemical synthesis, engineering, modeling, and materials design to create new capabilities in 3D printing.

Functional and Responsive Materials (FARM)

Functional and responsive materials are polymer systems that produce desirable chemical outcomes in response to compatible stimuli. We design polymers targeting practical applications such as catalysis, force-sensing, and reprocessable materials.

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