Research Partnerships

The CSP partners with industry, academic institutions abroad, and non-profits to pursue research goals of a common interest.

CSP researchers are working with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association to pursue new monomers and polymers that expand the uses of corn-based sugars. Additionally, the MCGA supports our outreach efforts including the summer undergraduate research program and our high school teacher workshop in green chemistry.


Wang, Y.; Xu, S.; Hoye, T. R. Poly(α-methyleneglutarimide)s from radical polymerization of α-methyleneglutarimidesJ. Polym. Sci. A 2018, Article ASAP.

Pehere, A.D.; Xu, S.; Thompson, S.K.; Hillmyer, M.A.; Hoye, T.R. Diels–alder reactions of furans with itaconic anhydride: Overcoming unfavorable thermodynamics. Org. Lett. 2016, 18(11), pp 2584–2587. 

CSP researchers have worked with Kimberly Clark Corporation to study PET blends and inclusion chemistry.


Todd, A. D.; McEneany, R. J.; Topolkaraev, V. A.; Macosko, C. W.; Hillmyer, M. A. Reactive compatibilization of poly(ethylene terephthalate) and high-density polyethylene using amino-telechelic polyethylene. Macromolecules 2016, 49, 8898–8994.

Xu, Y.; Delgado, P.; Todd, A. D.; Loi, J.; Saba, S. A; McEneany, R. J.; Topolkaraev, V.; Macosko, C. W.; Hillmyer, M. A. Lightweight micro-cellular plastics from polylactide/polyolefin hybrids. Polymer 2016, 102, 73–83.

Xu, Y.; Delgado, P.; Topolkaraev, V.; McEneany, R. J.; Macosko, C. W.; Hillmyer, M. A. Reactive compatibilization of polylactide/polypropylene blends. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2015, 54, 6108–6114.

CSP researchers have partnered with Land O’ Lakes to pursue lactose-derived materials for various applications.


CSP researchers have partnered with BKB to explore renewable and biodegradable foams.

Professor Mark Matsen and his group at University of Waterloo provide expertise in field theory as it pertains to ternary homopolymer and diblock copolymer blends, a key interest in the CSP.


Spencer, R. K. W.; Matsen, M. W. Continuous thermodynamic integration in field-theoretic simulations of structured polymers. Macromol. Theory Simul., 2017, 1700036.

Beardsley, T. M.; Matwen, M.W. Fluctuation correction for the critical transition of symmetric homopolymer blends. J. Chem. Phys., 2017, 147, 0440905.

Spencer, R. K. W.; Matsen, M. W. Domain bridging in thermoplastic elastomers of star block copolymer. Macromolecules 2017, 50, 1681–1687. 

Beardsley, T. M.; Matsen, M. W. Universality between experiment and simulation of a diblock copolymer melt. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2016, 117, 217801. 

Spencer, R. K. W.; Matsen, M. W. Critical point of symmetric binary homopolymer blends. Macromolecules 2016, 49, 6116–6125. 

Dalsin, S. J.; Rions-Maehren, T. G.; Beam, M. D.; Bates, F. S.; Hillmyer, M. A.; Matsen, M. W. Bottlebrush block polymers: Quantitative theory and experiments. ACS Nano 2015, 9 (12), 12233–12245. 

CSP researchers collaborate with the Moshe Kol group at Tel Aviv University to study kinetic mechanisms for highly active catalysts for the ring opening polymerization of cyclic esters. 


Stasiw, D. E.; Luke, A. M.; Rosen, T.; League, A. B.; Mandal, M.; Neisen, B. D.; Cramer, C. J.; Kol, M.; Tolman, W. B. Mechanism of the polymerization of rac-lactide by fast zinc alkoxide catalystsInorg. Chem. 2017, 56, 14366–14372.

Through our partnership with Kristopher McNeill and Michael Sander at ETH Zürich, researchers are investigating the enzymatic degradation of CSP-developed elastomers at environmentally relevant conditions.


De Hoe, G. X.; Zumstein, M. T.; Tiegs, B. J.; Brutman, J. P.; McNeil, K.; Sander, M.; Coates, G. W.; Hillmyer, M. A. Sustainable polyester elastomers from lactones: Synthesis, properties, and enzymatic hydrolyzabilityJ. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 963–973.