Dr. Abraham Joy

Dr. Abraham Joy

Title: Professor, Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering; Integrated Bioscience
Dept/Program: School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
Office: GDYR 420
Phone: 330-972-6004
Fax: 330-972-5290
Email: abraham@uakron.edu
Website: http://joyresearch.org/



  • 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

Professional Affiliations

American Chemical Society
Society for Biomaterials
Materials Research Society


The central theme of the Joy Lab is in developing advanced polymeric materials for applications in medicine and engineering. The Joy Lab designs and develops polymers in three research areas i) multivalent biomaterials to modulate physical and biological responses ii) photoresponsive materials that degrade, crosslink or change their mechanical or adhesive properties iii) selfassembling polymers that exhibit emergent material properties and will be useful for applications such as therapeutic delivery. The above polymers are polyesters, polycarbonates, polyurethanes or polyacrylates.


Google Scholar | ResearchGate | Ohio Innovation Exchange

  • Thread Size and Polymer Composition of 3D Printed and Electrospun Wound Dressings Affect Wound Healing Outcomes in an Excisional Wound Rat Model.
    12 Oct 2020 Biomacromolecules 21(10):4030-4042
    Nun N, Cruz M, Jain T, Tseng Y-M, Menefee J, Jatana S, Patil PS, Leipzig NDMcDonald C, Maytin E, Joy A
  • Structural insight into the viscoelastic behaviour of elastomeric polyesters: effect of the nature of fatty acid side chains and the degree of unsaturation
    18 Aug 2020 Polymer Chemistry 11(32):5216-5224
    Liu X, Jain T, Liu Q, Joy A
  • Lower Critical Solution Temperature-Driven Self-Coacervation of Nonionic Polyester Underwater Adhesives.
    28 Jul 2020 ACS Nano 14(7):8359-8367
    Narayanan A, Menefee JR, Liu Q, Dhinojwala A, Joy A
  • Elucidating the Molecular Interactions of Encapsulated Doxorubicin within a Nonionic, Thermoresponsive Polyester Coacervate
    20 Jul 2020 ACS Applied Bio Materials 3(7):4626-4634
    Kundu M, Morris DL, Cruz MA, Miyoshi T, Leeper TC, Joy A
  • Introduction of Hydrogen Bonds Improves the Shape Fidelity of Viscoelastic 3D Printed Scaffolds While Maintaining Their Low-Temperature Printability
    26 May 2020 Macromolecules 53(10):3690-3699
    Liu Q, Jain T, Peng C, Peng F, Narayanan A, Joy A
  • Advances in Photoreactive Tissue Adhesives Derived from Natural Polymers
    9 May 2020 ChemEngineering 4(2):32
    Narayanan A, Xu Y, Dhinojwala A, Joy A
  • Pendant Functionalized Polyester Nanofibers with Dual Cargo Release
    18 Nov 2019 ACS Applied Bio Materials 2(11):4856-4863
    Nun N, Xu Y, Joy A
  • Bacterial Membrane Selective Antimicrobial Peptide-Mimetic Polyurethanes: Structure-Property Correlations and Mechanisms of Action.
    11 Nov 2019 Biomacromolecules 20(11):4096-4106
    Mankoci S, Ewing J, Dalai P, Sahai NBarton HA, Joy A
  • Role of pendant side-chain length in determining polymer 3D printability
    15 Oct 2019 Polymer Chemistry 10(40):5543-5554
    Jain T, Clay W, Tseng Y-M, Vishwakarma A, Narayanan A, Ortiz D, Liu Q, Joy A
  • Viscosity Attunes the Adhesion of Bioinspired Low Modulus Polyester Adhesive Sealants to Wet Tissues.
    8 Jul 2019 Biomacromolecules 20(7):2577-2586
    Narayanan A, Kaur S, Peng C, Debnath D, Mishra K, Liu Q, Dhinojwala A, Joy A

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


  • 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