Dr. Coleen Pugh

Dr. Coleen Pugh

Title: Professor
Dept/Program: Department of Polymer Science
Phone: 330-972-6614
Fax: 330-972-5290
Email: cpugh@uakron.edu


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.


  • 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.


  • 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