Join the Boydston group!

The Boydston group is recruiting from the Fall 2022 UW-Madison Chemistry Graduate Student cohort! Learn more about what we do with polymer synthesis, photoredox ROMP, additive manufacturing, and functional materials by joining us for: Group …

The Boydston group goes to ACS Chicago!

On Aug 22-25, 2022, the Boydston group attended ACS Chicago to present their talks and posters. Congrats to the following group members: Sean Gitter, Elucidating Ion-Pairing Effect in Metal-Free Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization (talk) Rachel Tritt, …

Building 3D Printers with Memorial High School Students

Throughout summer 2021 and 2022, Jerry and Kyle taught a group of Memorial High School students the principles of 3D printing. The group learned to build their own 3D printer, how to determine and optimize print parameters, and even converted their printer into their very own powder melt extrusion (PME) printer capable of printing recycled plastics.

Congrats Mark on his awards!

Huge congratulations to our team member, Mark Zhang, who received THREE highly competitive scholarships this year. They are the Ackerman Scholarship, Edward J. Panek Memorial Scholarship, and Ackerman Summer Research Scholarship. We are extremely proud …

The Boydston Group presented at the UW-Madison Engineering Expo 2022 and won 3rd place!

In the Spring of 2022, Kyle and Rachel organized an exhibit for the UW College of Engineering, Engineering Expo. The Expo was over two days, the first of which catered to local middle school students, and the second was open to the public.

The exhibit was titled, “Playing with Plastics: How Scientists Make Meaningful Materials.” We wanted to help visitors understand the chemical and physical differences between commonly encountered plastics. Interactive demonstrations included making slime, vat and extrusion 3D printing, and dissolving packing peanuts. The whole group helped out with the exhibit and was awarded 3rd place by a panel of judges.