Emily B. Pentzer

Frank Hovorka Assistant Professor in Chemistry


Millis 418C

Other Information

Education: PhD, Northwestern University
BS, Butler University


Organic Chemistry, Materials & Energy, Polymers, Nanostructures, Self-Assembly, Composites


  • BS Chemistry, Butler University, 2005
  • PhD Organic Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2010 (NSF graduate research fellow)
  • Postdoctoral Associate, UMass Amherst (Polymer Science and Engineering), 2010-2013


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Research Statement

The Pentzer group is interested in using organic synthesis to prepare carbon-based materials with tailored, novel properties for specific applications in the areas of solar energy harvesting and storage. A bottom-up approach is used to prepare new small molecules and polymers that contain functionality which dictate their intermolecular interactions as well as interactions with other surfaces, nanoparticles, and additives. By harnessing synthetic organic chemistry to tailor molecular design and control self assembly, novel conductive materials with controlled domain sizes and interfaces can be prepared and their structure-property relationships studied. Collaboration with scientists and engineers across various fields present opportunities to augment this work, allowing ideas to be taken from design to implementation to application

Positions Available

Applications for postdoctoral associates, graduate students, and undergraduate students are currently being accepted. Potential graduate and undergraduate students should email pentzerlab@gmail.com for more information. Postdoctoral applicants should send a detailed CV to pentzerlab@gmail.com

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