News Archive

• July 2016: Welcome to new postdoc Valentina Brega!

• March 2016: Our paper titled "Water-Soluble Fluorescent Polymers that Respond to Singlet Oxygen” has been accepted for publication in Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry.  HERE is a link to the paper.

• March 2016: Congratulations to our Ph.D. student Xiaoran Hu for winning the Tufts Graduate Student Research Competition!

• October 2015: Our paper titled “Stimuli-Responsive Free-Standing Layer-By-Layer Films” has been accepted for publication in Advanced Materials.  Here’s the LINK.

• September 2015: Our paper titled "Steric and Electronic Substituent Effects Influencing Regioselectivity of Tetracene Endoperoxidation” has been accepted for publication in Journal of Organic Chemistry.  See the paper HERE.

• September 2015: Our invited Account "Cycloadditions of Singlet Oxygen for Responsive Fluorescent Polymers” has been accepted for publication in Synlett.  The link here HERE.

• September 2015: Our paper titled "Two-Dimensional, Acene-Containing Conjugated Polymers That Show Ratiometric Fluorescent Response To Singlet Oxygen” has been accepted for publication in Macromolecules.  You can find it HERE.

• August 2015: Congratulations to Dr. Esra Altinok, our newest Ph.D. recipient!  She will be joining NBD Nanotechnologies as a Research Chemist.  Farewell and good luck, Esra!

• June 2015: Best of luck to Dr. Zachary Smith, who has left to begin a postdoc in the lab of Prof. Stefanie Sydlik at Carneige Mellon!

• June 2015: Our paper titled "Photolabile ROMP Gels Using ortho-Nitrobenzyl Functionalized Crosslinkers” has been accepted for publication in Polymer Chemistry.  You can link to the paper HERE.

• April 2015: Our paper titled "Two-Dimensional Bricklayer Arrangements of Tolans Using Halogen Bonding Interactions” has been accepted for publication to Chemical Communications.  See HERE for the link.

• April 2015: Congratulations to the newest Ph.D. recipient from our group: Zach Smith!

• January 2015: Our paper titled “Thiophene-Based Conjugated Polymers with Photolabile Solubilizing Side Chains” has been accepted for publication in Macromolecules.  The link to the paper is HERE.

• November 2014: Welcome to new first year graduate students: Brendan Duran, Matthew Feeney, and Seth Sharber!

• August 2014: Jingjing has successfully defended his Ph.D. Thesis!  Congratulations Dr. Zhang!

• July 2014: Our paper titled "Twisting and Piezochromism of Phenylene-Ethynylenes With Aromatic Interactions Between Side Chains and Main Chains” has been accepted for publication in Chemical Science.  The paper is linked HERE.

• July 2014: Our lab, together with the labortory of Ayse Asatekin, has been awarded a Tufts Collaborates! seed grant for photoactive membrane materials.

• June 2014: BS chemist Trey Lawrence has accepted a job at Aramco.  Good luck Trey!

• May 2014: The Board of Trustees at Tufts University has approved Sam’s application for promotion to Associate Professor without limit of time.

• May 2014: Our recent Ph.D. recepient, Dr. Patricia Gumbley, has accepted a position at Dow.  Best of luck Patty!

• May 2014: Our paper titled “Reversible Photochemical Tuning of Net Charge Separation from Contact Electrification” has been published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.  You can find the link HERE.

• April 2014: Rob has successfully defended his Ph.D. Thesis!  Congratulations Dr. Pawle!

• April 2014: Patty has successfully defended her Ph.D. Thesis!  Congratulations Dr. Gumbley!

• March 2014: Our paper titled "Bandgap Engineering of Conjugated Materials With Non-Conjugated Side Chains” has been published in Macromolecules.  The paper is HERE.

• February 2014: Our paper titled "Combining Electronic and Steric Effects For Highly Stable Unsymmetric Pentacenes” has been published in Chemistry A European Journal.  You can find the paper HERE.

• January 2014: Our paper titled "Wavelength-Selective Disruption and Triggered Release with Photolabile Polyelectrolyte Multilayers” has been published in Chemistry of Materials.  You can see the paper HERE.

• November 2013: Grad student Patty Gumbley is awarded the Eli Lilly Travel Grant Winner for the March Dallas ACS Meeting!

• November 2013: Our invited chapter, “Polymer-based Sensors" in the Encyclopedia for Polymeric Nanomaterials is accepted.  

• November 2013: Welcome to our newest group member, graduate student Fanny Frausto.

• October 2013: Our paper titled "Photoresponsive Gels Prepared by ROMP” is published in Macromolecular Rapid Communications.  You can see the paper HERE.

• July 2013: Our proposal on multiplicative amplification using singlet oxygen and conjugated materials has been  funded by the Division of Chemistry at the NSF.

• June 2013: Welcome to our new group member, Tufts undergraduate Bond Umezuruike.

• May 2103: Sam is selected for a 2013 "Teaching with Technology Award" by Tufts ESTS.  Click HERE for a link to the website and video.



• April 2013: Sam presents two talks at the 2013 New Orleans ACS meeting.  ACS has made the talk on singlet oxygen-responsive materials available to ACS members online HERE

• March 2013: Sam presents an invited talk at Pittcon 2013 in honor of Prof. David Walt's selection for the 2013 Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award.  The talk is online HERE and is embedded below:


• March 2013: Trey Lawrence is selected as a Beckman Scholar!

• February 2013: The lab is selected for a 3M Nontenured Faculty Award.

• January 2013: Our paper titled "Furan-Containing Singlet Oxygen-Responsive Conjugated Polymers" by Altinok, Friedle, and Thomas has been accepted for publication in Macromolecules.  You can find the paper HERE.

• January 2013: Patty Gumbley is selected for a GAANN Award.  Congratulations Patty!

• November 2012: Welcome to our new group members: first-year graduate students Rom Baral and Xiaoran Hu.

• September 2012: Welcome to our new group members: Tufts undergrads Ankita Agarwal and Trey Lawrence.

• September 2012: An invited Talent Article highlighting some of our research accomplishments has been accepted for publication in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics.  You can access it HERE.

• August 2012: An NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant has been awarded to Tufts (Thomas co-PI) for a new X-Ray diffractometer.

• August 2012: Our recent ACS Macro Letters paper is highlighted in the September 2012 issue of Synfacts.

• August 2012: Our paper titled "Acene-Doped Polymer Films: Singlet Oxygen Dosimetry and Protein Sensing" by Koylu, Sarrafpour, Zhang, Ramjattan, Panzer, and Thomas has been accepted for publication in Chemical Communications. The link to the paper is HERE.

• July 2012: Our recent ACS Macro Lett. paper is at the top of this month's most read list.

• June 2012: Our paper titled "Photoinduced Aggregation of Polythiophenes" by Smith, Pawle, and Thomas has been accepted for publication in ACS Macro Letters.  You can see the paper HERE.

• May 2012: Sam is profiled on the Journal of Materials Chemistry blog.  Read it HERE.

• May 2012: Welcome to new group member, first-year graduate student Dmitriy Pukhov!

• April 2012: Our J. Mater. Chem. on crowded tetracenes has been highlighted on the Journal of Materials Chemistry Blog as a "Hot Article".  You can see the write-up HERE.

• April 2012: Our lab is selected for an award for the Tufts University Open Access Fund to enable making our recent J. Mater. Chem. paper freely available.

• February 2012: Our paper titled "Structure, Photophysics, and Photooxidation of Crowded Diethynyltetracenes" by Zhang, Sarrafpour, Haas, Müller, and Thomas has been accepted for publication in Journal of Materials Chemistry.  Link to the paper HERE.

• January 2012: Our paper titled "Photochemical Disruption of Polyelectrolyte Multilayers" by Koylu, Thapa, Gumbley, and Thomas has been accepted for publication in Advanced Materials.  Link to the paper HERE.

• January 2012: We are selected by the National Science Foundation for a 2012 CAREER award!  This grant will fund research in photoresponsive charge-shifting polymers, as well as community college outreach and science fair mentoring.

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