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Kathryn L. Beers

Research Interests

Sustainable Materials, Degradable and Renewable Polymeric Materials, Precision Macromolecular Architecture, Microreactors and Microfluidics, Advances in Polymer Synthesis and Reaction Monitoring, Macromolecular Separations, Integrated and High Throughput Measurements of Polymeric Materials

Awards and Honors

  • Alumni Achievement Award, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Arthur S. Flemming Award
  • Fellow, American Chemical Society
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • Department of Commerce Science and Technology Policy (ComSci) Fellow
  • Department of Commerce Silver Medal
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Visiting Research Fellowship, University of Ulm, Germany
  • Mellon College of Science Fellowship

Research Opportunities

  • Postdoctoral appointments available. Please inquire directly. 

Memberships & Activities

  • Committee of Visitors, National Science Foundation Division of Materials Research, 2015, 2019 
  • Member, American Chemical Society, 1993-present
    • Advisory Board, ACS Green Chemistry Institute (GCI)
    • ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY), 2014 Chair
    • ACS POLY Councilor
  • Editorial Advisory Board, ACS MacroLetters
  • Associate Editor, Green Materials
  • Executive Committee, Center for Hierarchical Materials Design (CHiMaD), 2014-2019
  • Member, Materials Research Society, 2001-present
  • Member, Sigma Xi, 2004-present  


Cutting to Measure the Elasticity and Fracture of Soft Gels

Teresa T. Duncan, Joel M. Sarapas, Adrian P. Defante, Kathryn L. Beers, Edwin P. Chan
The fracture properties of very soft and/or brittle materials are challenging to measure directly due to the limitations of existing fracture testing methods

Precision, Tunable Deuterated Polyethylene via Polyhomologation

Wesley Farrell, Sara V. Orski, Anthony P. Kotula, Kathryn L. Beers, Daniel Baugh
Polyhomologation (also known as “C1 polymerization”) of a deuterated ylide has been performed, which yields linear polyethylene of high deuterium content
Created March 29, 2019, Updated April 6, 2020