Principal Investigator:

Andrew J. D. Magenau, Assistant Professor


PhD, Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Southern Mississippi, 2010

BS, Plastics Engineering Technology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2004


Assistant Professor, Drexel University, Materials Science and Engineering, 2015-Present

Visiting Assistant Professor, The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Engineering, 2014

Principal Investigator, DuPont, Central Research and Development, 2012-2014

Visiting Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, Molecular Biosensors & Imaging Center and The Department of Chemistry, 2010-2012

Contact Information:

Drexel University
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
LeBow Engineering Center, Rm 445
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-571-3671 | amagenau[at]

PhD Students:

David H. Howe


E-mail: dhh28[at]

Hometown:  Oswego, NY

Education:  Geneva College, BS in Biochemistry, cum laude (2011)


1. David H. Howe, Riki M. McDaniel, Andrew J. D. Magenau, “From Click Chemistry to Cross-Coupling: Designer Polymers from One Efficient Reaction” Macromolecules, 2017, 50, 8010–8018.

2. David H. Howe, James L. Hart, Riki M. McDaniel, Mitra L. Taheri, Andrew J. D. Magenau, “Functionalization-Induced Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers for Nanoparticle Synthesis,” ACS Macro Letters 2018, 7, 1503-1508.

Research Keywords: Pd-catalyzed Suzuki cross-coupling, reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT), block copolymer self-assembly, and organic chemistry

Jessica A. Weaver


E-mail: jaw398[at]

Hometown: Fairless Hills, PA

Education: Haverford College, BS in Chemistry (2013); Drexel University, MS in Materials Science and Engineering (2018)


1. Solvik, K.; Weaver, J.A.; Brockway, A.M.; Schrier, J., “Entropy-Driven Molecular Separations in 2D-Nanoporous Materials, with application to High-performance Paraffin/Olefin Membrane Separations.” Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2013, 117, 17050-17057.

2. Jessica A. Weaver, Samantha L. Morelly, Nicolas J. Alvarez, Andrew J. D. Magenau, “Grafting-through ROMP for gels with tailorable moduli and crosslink densities.” Polymer Chemistry 2018, 9, 5173-5178.

Research Keywords:  reversible addition-fragmentation transfer (RAFT), ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP), and macromolecular polymer networks

Olivia R. Wilson 


E-mail: ow39[at]

Hometown: Hampden, Maine

Education: Iowa State University, BS in Materials Science and Engineering (2015); Drexel University, MS in Materials Science and Engineering (2018)


1. Olivia R. Wilson and Andrew J. D. Magenau.  “Oxygen Tolerant and Room Temperature RAFT through Alkylborane Initiation,” ACS Macro Letters 2018, 7, 370-375.

Research Keywords: reversible addition-fragmentation transfer, alkylborane chemistry, oxygen tolerant polymerization, and thiol-ene click chemistry

MS Students:


Sam J. Rozans 

E-mail: sjr64[at]

Education: BS/MS Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University,  2018

Publications: coming soon

Research Keywords: controlled/living polymerization, atom transfer radical polymerization, TEMPO, and star polymer synthesis

BS/MS Students:

Riki M. McDaniel         

E-mail: rmm397[at]

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Publications: Howe, D.H.; McDaniel, R.M.; Magenau, A.J.D., From Click Chemistry to Cross-Coupling: Designer Polymers from One Efficient Reaction. Macromolecules 2017, 50 (20), 8010-8018.

Research Keywords: reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization, thiol-ene click chemistry, nanocomposites, and polymer films and coatings

Renee Timmins

E-mail: rlt54[at]

Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ

Education: Material Science and Engineering, Drexel University,  Class of 2019

Research Keywords: reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer, star polymers,and  alkylborane chemistry.

Visiting Researchers:

Ken Jenewein

E-mail: kj529[at]

Home University: Muenster University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Research Keywords: Reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer, self assembly, and block copolymers.

BS Students:

Jacob M. Nantz


Hometown: Hershey Pennsylvania

Education: Hershey Highschool, 2016; Sophomore MSE

Research Keywords: photoinduced electron transfer-reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (PET-RAFT), chain-transfer agent synthesis, deblocking chemistry

Angela N. Le

E-mail: angela.n.le[at]

Hometown: Mooresville, North Carolina

Education: Drexel University, Materials Science and Engineering BS/MS Student 2020

Publications: None, yet!

Research Keywords: Monomer synthesis, purification