Dr.   Coleen     Pugh

Dr. Coleen Pugh

Wichita State University
Graduate School and Research & Technology Transfer
Phone: 330-972-6614
Email: cpugh@uakron.edu


  • 1990 Ph.D, Macromolecular Science, Case Western Reserve University
  • 1985 M.S., Macromolecular Science, Case Western Reserve University
  • 1983 B.A., Chemistry, University of California, Davis; B.S., Textile Science, University of California, Davis

Research Interests

Synthesis and characterization of novel polymeric materials, including amphiphilic organic nanoparticles, biomaterials, cyclic polymers, fluorinated polymers and liquid crystalline polymers, primarily using living chain polymerizations to produce polymers with a range of molecular architectures.

Contact Information

Dr. Coleen Pugh
The University of Akron
Department of Polymer Science
Akron, Ohio 44325-3909

Email: cpugh@uakron.edu
Voice: (330) 972-6614
Fax: (330) 972-5290

Recent Publications

  • Pugh, C.;  Tang, C.N.;  Paz-Pazos, M.;  *Samtani, O.; *Dao, A.H. "Correlation of Free Radical Copolymerization Behavior and Copolymer Properties with the Strength of p-pStacking Interactions between Aromatic Fluorocarbons and Aromatic Hydrocarbons: Copolymerization of Styrene and Fluorinated Styrenes at the Two Extreme Levels of Fluorination", Macromolecules 2007,  40, 8178-8188.
  • Pugh, C.;  Kasko, A.M.;  Grunwald, S.R. "Effect of the Core on the Thermotropic and Solution Behavior of Three-Arm Star Poly[11-(4'-cyanophenyl-4"-phenoxy)undecyl acrylate]s Synthesized by ATRP", J. Polym. Sci., Polym. Chem. Ed200846, 4363-4382.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pola.23132
  • Chaicharoen, K.; Polce, M.J.;  Singh, A.;  Pugh, C.; Wesdemiotis, C. "Characterization of Linear and Branched Polyacrylates by Tandem Mass Spectrometry", Anal. Bioanal. Chem2008392, 595-607.
  • Pugh, C.;  Paz-Pazos, M.;  Tang, C.N. "Correlation of Free Radical Copolymerization Behavior and Copolymer Properties with the Strength of p-pStacking Interactions between Aromatic Fluorocarbons and Aromatic Hydrocarbons:  Comparison of the Copolymerization Behavior of Pentafluorostyrene with Styrene, 1-Vinylnaphthalene and 2-Vinylnaphthalene", J. Polym. Sci., Polym. Chem. Ed200947, 331-345.
  • Pugh, C.;  Raveendra, B.;  Singh, A.; Samuel, R.;  Garcia, G.  "Design and Regioselective Synthesis of (2-Bromo-2-alkoxycarbonyl)ethyl Acrylates as Inimers for Hyperbranched (Co)Polyacrylates", SynLett 2010, 1947-1950.  DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1258497
  • Pugh, C.; Singh, A.; Samuel, R.;  *Bernal Ramos, K.M. "Synthesis of Hyperbranched Polyacrylates by a Chloroinimer Approach", Macromolecules 201043, 5222-5232.  DOI: 10.1021/ma100416p
  • Pugh, C.; Baker, J. S.;  Storms, W. K., "Synthesis of a Polymerizable Benzocyclobutene that Undergoes Ring-Opening Isomerization at Reduced Temperature", SynLett 201425, 147-152.  DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1339925
  • Nalawade, P.P.;  Mehta, B.;  Pugh, C.; Soucek, M.D., "Modified Soybean Oil as a Reactive Diluent:  Synthesis and Characterization", J. Polym. Sci., Polym. Chem. Ed201452, 3045-3059.  DOI: 10.1002/pola.27352
  • Watt, P.;  Pugh, C.; Rust, D., "Soy Based Fillers for Thermoset Composites”, in ACS Symposium Series1178: Soy-Based Chemicals and Materials, R.P. Brentin ed.; American Chemical Society & Oxford University Press: Washington, DC,  2014, pp. 265-298.
  • Bahl, K.; Swanson, N.;  Pugh, C.;  Jana, S.C., "Polybutadiene-g-Polypentafluorostyrene as a Coupling Agent for Lignin-filled Rubber Particles", Polymer 201455, 6754-6763.  DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2014.11.008
  • Watt, P.;  Pugh, C., "Studies to Determine Critical Characteristics of Thermally Treated Biomass Fillers Suitable for Thermoset Composites", Polym. Renew. Res.20156, 1-24.
  • Lu, Y.;  Debnath, D.;  Weiss, R.A.;  Pugh, C., "Synthesis and Crosslinking of Hyperbranched Poly(n-nonyl acrylate) to Form Organogels", J. Polym. Sci., Polym. Chem. Ed2015,53, 2399-2410.  DOI: 10.1002/pola.27700
  • Wright, C.; Pugh, C.  "PET and Other Polyester Synthesis", in Encyclopedia of Polymeric Nanomaterials (ISBN: 978-3-642-36199-9), eds. S. Kobayashi and K. Müllen, Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2015, pp 1538-1546.  DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-36199-9 372-1
  • Pugh, C.;  Liu, T.;  Yan, J.;  Kobayashi, S., "Enzymatic Polymerizations", in Encyclopedia of Polymeric Nanomaterials (ISBN: 978-3-642-36199-9), Vol. 2, eds. S. Kobayashi and K. Müllen, Springer-Verlag:  Berlin Heidelberg 2015, 1-10 on-line  DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-36199-9 420-1.
  • Storms-Miller, W.K.;  Pugh, C. Prop-2-yn-1-yl 2-bromo-2-methylpropanoate: Identification and Suppression of Side Reactions of a Commonly Used Terminal Alkyne-Functional ATRP Initiator.  Macromolecules201548, 3803-3810.  DOI 10.1021/acs.macromol.5b00652
  • Wright, C.;  Banerjee, A.;  Yan, X.; Storms-Miller, W.K.;  Pugh, C.  Synthesis of Functionalized Poly(lactic acid) Using 2-Bromo-3-Hydroxypropionic. Macromolecules201649, 2028-2038; DOI 10.1021/acs.macromol.6b00331.http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.6b00331.
  • Watt, P.; Miyoshi, T.;  Pugh, C.  Aromatic Quantification Using SS NMR Spectroscopy for Soy-Based Fillers.  Polymat Contributions20161, 14-17.  ISSN 2448-590X
  • Mehta, B.;  Watt, P.;  Soucek, M.D.; Pugh, C.  Moderate Temperature Curing of Plant Oils with Bismaleimdes via the Ene Reaction.  Industrial & Eng. Chem. Res.2016, 55, 11727-11735.  DOI 10.1021/acs.iecr.6b03004. One of 20 papers included in the I&EC Research Virtual Special Issue “Invited Papers from ACS San Diego” http://pubs.acs.org/page/iecred/vi/sandiego-national-meeting2016.  Highlighted in Advances in Engineeringhttps://advanceseng.com/chemical-engineering/moderate-temperature-curing-plant-oils-bismaleimides-ene-reaction/
  • Nakano, S.;  Piedrahita, C.R.;  Onozuka, R.;  Adachi, K.; Tsukahara, Y.;  Pugh, C.;  Kyu, T. Effect of Chain Architectures of Star-Shaped Poly(ethylene glycol) Macromonomers on Enhancement of Thermal, Mechanical, and Electrochemical Performance of Polymer Electrolyte Membranes. Chem. Lett. (Jpn)2018, 47, 587-590; doi:10.1246/cl.171209.