Dr.   Abraham     Joy

Dr. Abraham Joy

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

Dr. Joy's Research Group Website



  • 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

Research Interests

  • Synthesis and applications of peptidomimetic biomaterials (polyesters, polyurethanes, poly(ester urethane)s)
  • Development of stimuli (light, non-covalent interactions, mechanical) responsive polymers

Target areas for above polymers:
Antimicrobial polymer therapeutics and coatings; Materials designed for wound healing; Biomaterials for 3D printing; Peptidomimetic wet adhesives; ECM mimetic materials for controlled release of growth factors and therapeutics


  • FDA Scholar in Residence: 2015-2018
  • NSF CAREER award: 2014-2019
  • 3M Non-tenured faculty award: 2010-2013
  • NIH Ruth Kirschstein T32 Postdoctoral Fellow: 2006-2008

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

Selected Publications

  1. N. Nun, Y. Xu, A. Joy; Pendant functionalized polyester nanofibers with dual cargo release; ACS Appl. Bio Mater., 2019, 2, 4856
  2. S. Mankoci, J. Ewing, P. Dalai, N. Sahai, H.A. Barton, A. Joy; Bacterial membrane selective antimicrobial peptide-mimetic polyurethanes: structure-property correlations and mechanisms of action; Biomacromolecules, 2019, 20, 4096
  3. T. Jain, W. Clay, Y-M. Tseng, A. Vishwakarma, A. Narayanan, D. Ortiz, Q. Liu, A. Joy; Role of pendant side-chain length in determining polymer 3D printability; Polymer Chemistry, 2019, 10, 5543
  4. A. Narayanan, S. Kaur, C. Peng, D. Debnath, K. Mishra, Q. Liu, A. Dhinojwala, A. Joy; Viscosity attunes the adhesion of bioinspired low modulus polyester adhesive sealants to wet tissues; Biomacromolecules, 2019, 20, 2577
  5. Q. Liu, S. Yuan, Y. Gao, A. Narayanan, C. Peng, S. Wang, T. Miyoshi, A. Joy; Modulating the crystallinity, mechanical properties, and degradability of poly(e-caprolactone) derived polyesters by statistical and alternating copolymerization; Polymer Chemistry; 2019, 10, 2579
  6. C. Peng, A. Vishwakarma, S. Mankoci, H.A. Barton, A. Joy; Structure-activity study of antimicrobial poly(ester urethane)s with uniform distribution of hydrophobic and cationic groups; Biomacromolecules, 2019, 20, 1675
  7. T. Jain, D. Saylor, C. Piard, Q. Liu, V. Patel, R. Kaushal, J.-W. Choi, J. Fisher, I. Isaveya, A. Joy; Effect of Dexamethasone on room temperature three-dimensional printing, rheology, and degradation of a low modulus polyester for soft tissue engineering; ACS Biomat. Sci. Engineering; 2019, 5, 846
  8. Q. Liu, C. Wang, Y. Guo, C. Peng, A. Narayanan, S. Kaur, Y. Xu, R.A. Weiss, A. Joy; Opposing effects of side-chain flexibility and hydrogen bonding on the thermal, mechanical and rheological properties of supramolecularly cross-linked polyesters; Macromolecules, 2018, 51, 9294
  9. S. Kaur, A. Narayanan, S. Dalvi, Q. Liu, A. Joy, A. Dhinojwala; Direct observation of the interplay of catechol binding and polymer hydrophobicity in a mussel-inspired elastomeric adhesive; ACS Central Science, 2018, 4, 1420
  10. C. Peng, A. Vishwakarma, Z. Li, T. Miyoshi, H.A. Barton, A. Joy; Modification of a conventional polyurethane composition provides significant anti-biofilm activity against Escherichia coli; Polymer Chemistry, 2018, 9, 3195
  11. S.R. Govindarajan, T. Jain, J-W. Choi, A. Joy, I. Isayeva, K. Vorvolakos; A hydrophilic coumarin-based polyester for ambient-temperature initiator-free 3D printing: Chemistry, rheology and interface formation; Polymer, 2018, 152, 9
  12. M.A. Cruz, D.L. Morris, J.P. Swanson, M. Kundu, S. Mankoci, T.C. Leeper, A. Joy; Efficient protein encapsulation within thermoresponsive coacervate-forming biodegradable polyesters; ACS Macro Letters, 2018, 7, 477
  13. Y. Xu, Q. Liu, A. Narayanan, D. Jain, A. Dhinojwala, A. Joy; Mussel-inspired polyesters with aliphatic pendant groups demonstrate the importance of hydrophobicity in underwater adhesion; Adv. Mat. Interfaces, 2017, 4, 1700506
  14. S. Mankoci, R.L. Kaiser, N. Sahai, H.A. Barton, A. Joy; Bactericidal peptidomimetic polyurethanes with remarkable selectivity against Escherichia coli; ACS Biomater Sci. Eng., 2017, 3, 2588
  15. J.P. Swanson, M.A. Cruz, L.R. Monteleone, M.R. Martinez, P.J. Costanzo, A. Joy; The effect of pendant group structure on thermoresponsive properties of N-substituted polyesters; Polymer Chemistry, 2017, 8, 7195
  16. C. Peng, A. Joy; Alternating and random-sequence polyesters with distinct physical properties; Polymer Chemistry, 2017, 8, 2397
  17. E.A. Chamsaz, S. Mankoci, H.A. Barton, A. Joy; Non-toxic coumarin polyester coatings prevent pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm formation; ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2017, 9, 6704
  18. 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

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=fsQx44MAAAAJ&hl=en


  1. Photoresponsive polymers for adhesive applications; A. Joy, A. Dhinojwala, K. Mishra; US 10,336,923; issued: July 2, 2019
  2. Biodegradable polymers with pendant functional groups attached through amide bonds; A. Joy, S. Gokhale, Y. Xu; US 10,336,862; issued: July 2, 2019
  3. Alkyl alpha-hydroxymethyl acrylates as reactive surfactants in emulsion polymerization; A. Joy, C. Peng; US 10,118,887; issued: Nov 6, 2018
  4. Thermoresponsive polyesters; A. Joy, J. Swanson; US 10,106,514; issued: Oct 23, 2018
  5. Densely functionalized polymers derived from Baylis-Hillman adducts; A. Joy, C. Peng; US 9,963,540; issued: May 8, 2018
  6. Photoresponsive coumarin based polymers: synthesis and applications; A. Joy, M.V.S.N. Maddipatla; US 9,663,614; issued: May 30, 2017
  7. Biodegradable polymers with pendant functional groups attached through amide bonds; A. Joy, S. Gokhale, Y. Xu; US 9,593,201; issued: March 14, 2017
  8. Substituted phenacyl molecules and photoresponsive polymers; A. Joy, S. Sun; US 9,353,214; issued: May 31, 2016

Professional Affiliations

American Chemical Society
Society for Biomaterials
Materials Research Society