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December 2017 Graduate Student Research Highlight: Esra Altay

Graduate student: Esra Altay, 6th-year Ph.D. student in Prof. Rzayev’s group

Notable recent achievements:

First author publication: Esra Altay, Dmytro Nykypanchuk, and Javid Rzayev, “Mesoporous Polymer Frameworks from End-Reactive Bottlebrush Copolymers”, ACS Nano201711 (8), pp 8207–8214 (Link)

Research highlight:

My graduate research is primarily focused on the synthesis of reactive bottlebrush copolymers and their use in forming macromolecular architectures such as star-brush polymers, network structures, hydrogels, and nanogels. Our goal has been to develop new synthetic approaches for the synthesis of macromolecular architectures to contribute in understanding structure-property relationships.

As a graduate student, UB has allowed me to gain expertise and expand my knowledge in my field.  I feel very fortunate to be a member of the Rzayev group where there is always opportunities provided to improve ourselves technically and intellectually.

I like travelling and reading. I enjoy exploring Buffalo area and the events it offers, such as, concerts, festivals, and theaters with family and friends.

Congratulations, Esra!