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Javid Rzayev

Rzayev, JavidAssociate Professor and Associate Chair
Office: 826 Natural Sciences Complex
Phone: (716) 645-4314
Fax: (716) 645-6963
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B.S. Chemistry, METU, Turkey (1998)
Ph.D., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts – Amherst (2004)
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Minnesota (2004-2006)

Awards and Honors:

UB Young Investigator Award (2012)
Fellow of Polymer Chemistry Division, ACS (2012)
Herman F. Mark Young Scholar Award, ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry (2011)
National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2009)
Valedictorian, METU, Turkey (1998)


Novel synthetic approaches in polymer chemistry
Structure-property analysis
Polymer self-assembly in solution and bulk
Functional nanostructured materials
Shape-persistent macromolecules

Research Summary:

Our research program embraces all the steps of a successful materials design, from building tailored polymer structures and architectures to analyzing their supramolecular organization and self-assembly to testing their final macroscale properties. The main thrust is centered around shape-persistent macromolecules as building blocks for nanoscale assemblies and functional materials. Our research efforts address ongoing challenges in the broad fields of nanotechnology and biomedical sciences, including nanodevice construction, DNA sequencing, drug delivery and molecular electronics. We develop novel synthetic methodologies and generate diverse libraries of unique polymeric structures that allow us to probe different aspects of molecular assembly and to fabricate materials with desired biological and electronic responses. The fundamental knowledge derived from the elucidation of structure-property relationships is applied to forge new avenues in rational materials design. Three specific areas of focus are organic nanotubes, b-peptide-based materials, and semiconducting polymers. The multidisciplinary nature of the program allows students to acquire diverse synthetic and analytical skills and develop broad scientific vision.

Selected Recent Publications:

  1. Bolton, J.; Rzayev, J. “Tandem RAFT-ATRP Synthesis of Polystyrene-Poly(Methyl Methacrylate) Bottlebrush Block Copolymers and Their Self-Assembly into Cylindrical Nanostructures”, ACS Macro Letters 2012, 1, 15. DOI: 10.1021/mz200003j
  2. Huang, K.; Rzayev, J. “Charge and Size Selective Molecular Transport by Amphiphilic Organic Nanotubes”, Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 16726. DOI: 10.1021/ja204296v
  3. Luo, K.; Kim, S. J.; Cartwright, A. N.; Rzayev, J. “Soluble Polyacetylene Derivatives by Chain-Growth Polymerization of Dienes”, Macromolecules 2011, 44, 4665. DOI: 10.1021/ma2004713. Highlighted in Synfacts 2011, 9, 0963. DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1261014
  4. Huang, K.; Jacobs, A.; Rzayev, J. “De Novo Synthesis and Cellular Uptake of Organic Nanocapsules with Tunable Surface Chemistry”, Biomacromolecules 2011, 12, 2327. DOI: 10.1021/bm200394t
  5. Bolton, J.; Bailey, T. S.; Rzayev, J. “Large Pore Size Nanoporous Materials From the Self-Assembly of Asymmetric Bottlebrush Block Copolymers”, Nano Letters 2011, 11, 998. DOI: 10.1021/nl103747m. Highlighted in MRS Bulletin 2011, 36(4), 242. DOI:10.1557/mrs.2011.76
  6. Huang, K.; Canterbury, D. P.; Rzayev, J. “Synthesis of Segmented Polylactide Molecular Brushes and Their Transformation to Open-End Nanotubes”, Macromolecules 2010, 43, 6632. DOI: 10.1021/ma100971w
  7. Huang, K.; Canterbury, D. P.; Rzayev, J. “Organosoluble Polypyrrole Nanotubes From Core-Shell Bottlebrush Copolymers”, Commun. 2010, 46, 6326. DOI: 10.1039/c002447c
  8. Luo, K.; Rzayev, J. “Living Radical Polymerization of Bicyclic Dienes: Synthesis of Thermally Cross-linkable Block Copolymers”, Macromolecules 2009, 42, 9268. DOI: 10.1021/ma901645t
  9. Huang, K.; Rzayev, J. “Well-Defined Organic Nanotubes from Multicomponent Bottlebrush Copolymers”, Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 6880. DOI: 10.1021/ja901936g. Highlighted in Synfacts 2009, 8, 0854. DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1217472
  10. Rzayev, J. “Synthesis of Polystyrene-Polylactide Bottlebrush Block Copolymers and Their Melt Self-Assembly into Large Domain Nanostructures”, Macromolecules 2009, 42, 2135. DOI: 10.1021/ma802304y