New Paper in PNAS Highlighted by Penn Today

A paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America was published recently by the Percec group and highlighted by E. K. Brockmeier “Cells use sugars to communicate at the molecular level” in Penn Today.

The paper reports by using atomic force microscopy images that were fast fourier-transformed, we found that sugars on the surface of synthetic cells organize themselves automatically into thin lamellar layered and hexagonal patterns. The shapes that the sugar molecules form allows the synthetic cells to be recognized by other cells and also enhances their reactivity with proteins.

Professor Virgil Percec Commented on C&EN News on ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry for Professor Timothy M. Swager

Professor Virgil Percec Commented on C&EN News on 2019 ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry for Professor Timothy M. Swager, John D. MacArthur Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Chemical & Engieering News, 2019, 97 (3), 50-51.

“Tim is one of the most creative scientists working in the field of polymer chemistry and is a leader of our field. He is one of the very few members of our community who has taken polymer chemistry from fundamental development to commercial products that impact our daily life and create a safer society.”—Virgil Percec, University of Pennsylvania.

Previous awardees of ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry

 

 

Former Member Professor Andrea Kasko elected to Vice-Chair of ACS POLY Division

Former Member Professor Andrea M. Kasko, Bioengineering, UCLA, was elected to Vice-Chair of American Chemical Society, Division of Polymer Chemistry. Andrea obtained her M.S.E. in Professor Virgil Percec’ group while in Macromolecular Science, Case Western Reserve University, Department of Macromolecular Science Engineering Cleveland, OH during 1997–1999.

Congratulations to Professor Andrea M. Kasko!

Former Member Professor Ulrica Edlund elected to The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA)

Former Member Professor Ulrica Edlund, Fiber and Polymer Technology, School of Engineering Sciences of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, was elected to The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). Professor Edlund‘s research interests focus on polymeric biomaterials, including their synthesis, surface modification and characterization, with potential applications as drug delivery matrices and more broadly in the field of tissue engineering.

Professor Ulrica Edlund was a postdoctoral research fellow in Percec’s group from 2000 to 2001. Among other projects, she contributed to the dipeptide project published in Nature (Nature 2004430, 764–768).

The pictures show Professor Ulrica Edlund (on the right, in a blue dress) in the group of people being elected as new members.

Welcome our new group members!

We are recently hosting lots of visiting scholars and students this summer. They are:

Mr. Bilal Javed (Pakistan), Ms. Saliha Nazir (Pakistan), Ms. Hina Daud (Pakistan)

Mr. Yuqing (Robert) Luo (China), Mr. Shangda (Brooks) Li (China)

Mr. Takahiro Oh (Japan), Mr. Adriel Melendez (Puerto Rico)

Mr. William (Billy) Hasley (Penn), Mr. Alexander Zhu (Penn)

And high school students:

Matthew Liu, Shriya Agarwal, Adarsh Rao

Welcome to Percec Group!