Current Group Members

The Team

Our team is a diverse group of scientists. We are a team of faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students all working together on a variety of projects.

Principal Investigator

Dr Dominik Konkolewicz - Robert H and Nancy J Blayney Associate Professor

Dr Dominik Konkolewicz (Dr. K) was born and educated in Sydney, Australia. He completed his bachelors degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics at the University of Sydney in 2006.

He commenced his Doctoral studies in 2007 at the University of Sydney, focusing on the synthesis and characterization of highly branched polymers by a combination of controlled radical polymerization and high yield organic reactions. After graduating with his Ph.D. in 2011, he moved to Carnegie Mellon University, to commence his postdoctoral work as a Visiting Assistant Professor/Senior Research Chemist. His postdoctoral work studied transition metal mediated controlled radical polymerization reactions utilizing photochemical methods, or in aqueous media. In 2014 he joined the Chemistry and Biochemistry Faculty at Miami University, where his group develops new materials for applications ranging from new photochemical strategies, materials that can repair themselves, and bioconjugates. Recurring themes in his research are using physical chemistry principles to guide the development of new organic materials and the use of fundamental mechanistic analysis to guide the design of polymers.

Dr Konkolewicz has published over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts, with over 60 from his independent career. He his work has been cited over 5000 times. He has won numerous awards for his research including National Science Foundation CAREER award (2017), ACS Polymer Materials Science and Engineering Young Investigator (2018), the ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator award (2016) and features as an emerging investigator from the journals Polymer Chemistry (2018) and Chemical Communications (2015), and a pioneering investigator from the journals Polymer Chemistry (2020). He has served as Co-Organizer (with Paula Diaconescu of UCLA) of the 2019 NSF Chemistry Early Career Faculty Workshop, and since 2019 he is the PMSE Co-Chair of the Macromolecular Alliance for Community, Resources and Outreach (MACRO) where he leads the professional development activities. Since 2021 he has been a member-at-large of PMSE. When not in the lab, he is often found on two wheels especially doing long distance rides, or out running 10ks. He especially likes vintage bicycles and riding them on century rides.

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Graduate Students

Kate Bradford- Graduate Student

Kate received her BS in Chemistry from the University of Richmond in May 2017. During her undergrad career, she worked with Professor Tim Johann at Roanoke College developing a new drug target for antibiotic resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis. She spent the following two years working on copper mediated difluoromethylation. She joined the Konkolewicz and Hartley groups in 2019 and began a collaborative project integrating macromolecules into polymers.


Camaryn Bennett - Bachelors/Masters Student

Camaryn Bennett is a Chemistry major from Dayton, Ohio who has recently joined the Konkolewicz group. Her focus is on precision polymer synthesis for dynamic materials as well as tools to evaluate the properties of dynamic materials. She hopes to attend graduate school after graduation from Miami.


Kevin Burridge- Graduate Student

Kevin is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and is currently pursuing his doctorate at Miami University. He completed his bachelors degrees in Chemistry (B.A.) and Biology (B.S.) at Thomas More College of Crestview Hills KY. During his undergraduate, he interned at the University of Cincinnati, designing and testing an aptamer-microRNA therapy for prostate cancer. Eventually, interest switched to chemistry and Kevin joined the Konkolewicz group in 2016, where his research focuses on protein-polymer conjugates.

Nethmi De Alwis- Graduate Student

Nethmi De Alwis completed her BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry from University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka (2015). She worked on a synthetic organic chemistry project as her undergraduate research. In Fall 2016, she joined Miami university and Konkolewicz group. Her research focus mainly will be on combining photochemistry and post polymerization modification.

Obed Dodo - Graduate Student

Obed completed his B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry from Kaduna State University in Nigeria. During his undergraduate program, he carried out preliminary phytochemical research. He also determined the fortification levels of retinol, thiamin, riboflavin, and iron with a special emphasis on the factors that affect the stability of fortificants. Right after his graduation, he worked briefly in Covenant University, where he was involved in biogas research and taught general chemistry lab. He joined the Konkolewicz research group at Miami University in 2018, where he will focus on organic materials as his current area of interest with a special focus on self-healing materials.

Tochukwu Nwoko - Graduate Student

Tochukwu completed her B.Tech. (Hons) in Industrial Chemistry at the Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria in September, 2016. During her undergraduate study she interned at University of Ibadan where she was involved in green synthesis of nanoparticles and for her undergraduate thesis, She worked on speciation of heavy metals in dumpsite soil samples

In fall 2019, she joined Konkolewicz group at Miami University, where her current research is on synthesis of photoresponsive materials.

Andrew Miller - Graduate Student

Andrew is a masters student looking at respsonsive elastomeric materials.


Monica Sharfin Rahman - Graduate Student

Monica Sharfin Rahman attained her B.Sc. (Hons.) in Pharmacy and Master’s in Pharmaceutical Chemistry emphasizing phytochemical research from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. After her Master’s, she took teaching as her profession at tertiary level in her subject of specialization in the Department of Pharmacy, BRAC University in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where she worked from 2014-2017. During this period, she continued her research work in phytochemistry and public health. In 2018, she joined the Konkolewicz and Page groups at Miami University in 2018, where her research focus will be on Protein-Polymer conjugation.

Shiwanka V. Wanasinghe- Graduate Student

Shiwanka V Wanasinghe was born in Sri Lanka and completed her BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry from University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka (2017). She carried out her undergraduate research project on “Reinforcement of natural rubber using Carbon Black / mineral hybrid filler’’ under the supervision of Prof. C. K. Jayasuriya. Her undergraduate research was published as an abstract in International Research Symposium on Pure and Applied Sciences 2017, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. In fall 2018, she joined the Konkolewicz group at Miami University.


Undergraduate Students

Nicholas Dougher - Undergraduate Student

Nicholas Dougher is a second year Chemistry (BS) major from Cleveland, Ohio, who has recently joined the team. His project is in Photo-polymerization of Organic Compounds. He plans to attend Miami University for a masters in Chemistry.

Derrick Dunn - Undergraduate Student

Derrick is a chemistry major who joined the Konkolewicz group in the summer of 2019.

Gabe Garcia - Undergraduate Student

Gabe is a sophomore Kinesiology/Pre-medical studies co-major from Youngstown, OH. Gabe hopes to attend medical school following his undergraduate tenure at Miami University. His research focuses on RAFT photochemistry.

Madison Kearns - Undergraduate Student

Madison is a sophomore Biochemistry/Pre-Med co-major from Cleveland, Ohio, who has recently joined the Konkolewicz group. Her project is in the field of polymer bioconjugation. She hopes to attend medical school after graduating from Miami University.

Colleen Morley - Undergraduate Student

Colleen is currently a sophomore Chemistry major at Miami University, from New York. Colleen began working on the Konkolewicz research group September 2018. Her current research is focuses on self-healing polymers.

Camryn Myers - Undergraduate Student

Camryn Myers is a third year biology major with a pre-medical studies co-major student at Miami University. She began her research with the Konkolewicz group in the fall of 2019, focusing on inter-connected polymer networks. She hopes to attend medical school after graduation.

Camryn Payne - Undergraduate Student

Camryn is a second year student from Lancaster, Ohio. She is majoring in chemistry and minoring in Spanish. Camryn mostly focuses on the polymer structure effects on the properties of interpenetrating networks. Camryn hope to attend graduate school to further my education after college.

Emily Schreiber - Undergraduate Student

Emily is a second year Chemistry major from Cincinnati, Ohio. Emily started research in the Konkolewicz lab fall of 2018, focusing on self-healing materials through crosslinking polymers.

Alex Wojnar - Undergraduate Student

Alex Wojnar is a Chemistry major and Pre-Medicine co-major at Miami University, from Cleveland, Ohio. She recently joined the group in fall 2019 and hopes to attend medical school following her undergraduate studies. Her current research is on understanding the mechanism of RAFT polymerization, focusing on the recent advances in the RAFT process.

Collaborators

We have a rich history of collaborative and interdisciplinary research. Check out our publications to see the rich range of interdisciplinary projects we have in the group.

Alumni

Former Group Members