Dr.   Abraham     Joy

Dr. Abraham Joy

Associate Professor
Department of Polymer Science
Phone: 330-972-6004
Email: abraham@uakron.edu


  • 2006-2010 Postdoctoral Fellow: Rutgers University (New Jersey Center for Biomaterials) / University of Pennsylvania; Mentors: Joachim Kohn / Christopher Chen
  • 2000-2005 Postdoctoral Associate: Georgia Institute of Technology; Mentor: Gary Schuster
  • 1995-2000 Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, Tulane University; Mentor: V. Ramamurthy
  • 1992-1994 M.Sc. Chemistry, University of Hyderabad

Joy Lab Website


Research Interests

  • Development of functionalized biomaterials with tunable properties for the regulation of cell functions
  • Development of photo-responsive materials
  • Self-assembled polymers with emergent properties


  • 2014-2019: NSF CAREER Award
  • 2010: 3M Non-tenured faculty award
  • 2006-2008: NIH Ruth Kirschstein postdoctoral fellowship

Contact Information

Abraham Joy
Department of Polymer Science
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325-3909

E-mail: abraham@uakron.edu
Voice: (330) 972-6004

Recent Publications

  1. J.P. Swanson, M.R. Martinez, M.A. Cruz, S. Mankoci, P.J. Costanzo, A. Joy; A coacervate-forming biodegradable polyester with elevated LCST based on bis-(2-methoxyethyl)amine; Poly. Chem., 2016, 7, 4693
  2. S.R. Govindarajan, Y. Xu, J.P. Swanson, T. Jain, Y. Lu, J.-W. Choi, A. Joy; A solvent and initiator free, low modulus, degradable polyester platform with modular functionality for ambient-temperature 3D printing; Macromolecules, 2016, 49, 2429
  3. J. Curley, M.R. Hasan, J. Larson, B.D. Brooks, Q. Liu, T. Jain, A. Joy, A.E. Brooks; An osteocondutive antibiotic bone eluting putty with a custom polymer matrix, Polymers, 2016, 8, 247
  4. P. Paulmurugan, R. Bhethanabotla, K. Mishra, R. Devulapally, K. Foygel, T.V. Sekar, J.S. Ananta, T.F. Massoud, A. Joy; Folate receptor-targeted polymeric micellar nanocarriers for delivery of orlistat as a repurposed drug against triple-negative breast cancer; Mol. Cancer Ther., 2016, 15, 221
  5. J.P. Swanson, L.R. Monteleone, F. Haso, P.J. Costanzo, T. Liu, A. Joy; A library of thermoresponsive, coacervate-forming biodegradable polyesters; Macromolecules, 2015, 48, 3834
  6. K. Mishra, A. Joy; Dual functionalized telechelic block copolymers with reproducible block sizes prepared by microwave assisted RAFT polymerization, Polymer, 2015, 66, 110
  7. C. Peng, A. Joy; Self-emulsion polymerization of Baylis-Hillman derived -hydroxymethyl substituted acrylates; J. Poly. Sci. A: Poly. Chem., 2015, 53, 1743
  8. A. McCormick, M.V.S.N. Maddipatla, S. Shuojia, E.A. Chamsaz, H. Yokoyama, A. Joy, N. Leipzig; Micropatterned coumarin polyester thin films direct neurite orientation; ACS Applied Mat. Interfaces, 2014, 6, 19655
  9. D. Wehrung, E.A. Chamsaz, A. Joy, M.O. Oyewumi; Formulation and photoirradiation parameters that influence photoresponsive drug delivery with alkoxyphenacyl based polycarbonates; European Journal of Pharmaceutics and biopharmaceutics, 2014, 88, 962
  10. J. Lee, M.V.S.N. Maddipatla, A. Joy, B. Vogt; Kinetics of UV induced chain scission and cross-linking of ncoumarin-containing polyester ultrathin films; Macromolecules, 2014, 47, 2891
  11. C. Peng, A. Joy; Baylis-Hillman reaction as a versatile platform for the synthesis of diverse functionalized polymers by chain and step polymerization; Macromolecules, 2014, 47, 1258
  12. S. Gokhale, Y. Xu, A. Joy; A library of multifunctional polyesters with ‘peptide-like’ pendant functional groups; Biomacromolecules, 2013, 14, 2489
  13. M.V.S.N. Maddipatla, D. Wehrung, C. Tang, W. Fan, M. O. Oyewumi, T. Miyoshi, A. Joy; Photoresponsive coumarin polyesters that exhibit cross-linking and chain scission properties; Macromolecules, 2013, 46, 5133
  14. D. Wehrung, S. Sun, E. A. Chamsaz, A. Joy, M. O. Oyewumi; Biocompatibility and in-vivo tolerability of a new class of photoresponsive alkoxyphenacyl based polycarbonates; J. Pharm. Sci. 2013, 102, 1650
  15. S. Sun, E. A. Chamsaz, A. Joy; Photoinduced polymer chain scission of alkoxyphenacyl based polycarbonates; ACS Macro Letters, 2012, 1, 1184

Professional Affiliations

American Chemical Society
Society for Biomaterials
Materials Research Society

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