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May 26, 2009 – Fargo, N.D. – Researchers from NDSU’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) and the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials have published the cover article in the Journal of Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics. Mohammed Nasrullah, postdoctoral researcher at CNSE, and Professor Dean Webster in the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials authored the article “Parallel synthesis of polymer libraries using atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP)” in the April 22, 2009, online issue of the journal found at

The main focus of the work presented in the article explores issues relating to parallel ATRP synthesis of libraries of low molecular weight polymers and block copolymers. The research is funded by the Office of Naval Research. The Combinatorial Materials Research Laboratory (CMRL) at CNSE which uses high-throughput methods speeds up the preparation and exploration of new polymeric materials. A large diversity of parameters can be screened simultaneously, resulting in determination of new structure/property relationships. Using automatic robotic methods such as the ones used in the CMRL, researchers can generate and test a large number of samples in one day, cutting experiment times from weeks to days.

Mohammed J. Nasrullah’s previous research includes the area of photoresist polymers at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras and the area of reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Nasrullah joined CNSE in 2005 as research associate to work with Dr. Dean Webster and the Combinatorial Materials Research Laboratory team at CNSE for the development of advanced marine coatings using combinatorial and high throughput experimentation.

Dr. Webster previously worked for Sherwin-Williams Company and Eastman Chemical Company. He joined the Coatings and Polymeric Materials Department at NDSU in 2001. Webster holds 9 patents and 13 published patent applications and has authored more than 60 publications and book chapters.

Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics is one of the leading journals in polymer science.

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