Dr. Andrew Magenau will join the department in September 2015 as Assistant Professor.
Currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Magenau is developing polymer matrices capable of programmable cargo release for medical devices. While receiving a PhD in 2010 in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Magenau was an NSF IGERT fellow where he studied under the advisement of Professor Robson F. Storey. His thesis work focused on combining controlled/living polymerization systems, functionalizing polymers via click chemistry, and synthesizing stimuli-responsive self-assembling block copolymers. He received a B.S. in Plastics Engineering Technology from the Pennsylvania State University in 2004. His work has resulted in cutting-edge polymerization processes bordering electrochemical, biological and catalytic systems, and also the synthesis of biomaterials for diagnostic and therapeutic applications.
Dr. Magenau’s research group at Drexel University will be focused on developing innovative polymerization platforms that generate functional soft materials addressing needs at the interface of chemistry, biology, and materials science. His group will concentrate on developing structurally complex materials fabricated through directed self-assembly, externally applied stimuli, structure-function correlation, and applied engineering principles suited for technologies in regenerative medicine, biological interfacing, catalytic, electronic, and optical applications.