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Jessica Weaver

Jessica Weaver

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship 2016-19
Drexel Fellowships Ambassador 2016-19

PhD student Materials Science and Engineering


Drexel faculty mentor: Andrew Magenau

As a member of the Macromolecular Materials Group, Jessica  studies novel bottlebrush polymer architectures synthesized through controlled/living polymerizations. Molecular bottlebrushes give rise to fascinating properties and unusual morphologies inaccessible to classical linear polymers.  Jessica’s aim is to explore new synthetic strategies to precisely control their molecular composition and assembly into well-defined macromolecular materials for potential applications in membrane and 3-D scaffolding technologies.

Jessica earned her undergraduate degree in Chemistry in 2013 from Haverford College, where she used molecular dynamics to investigate nanoporous graphene membranes for industrial gas separations.

Jessica is also passionate about increasing public awareness of scientific discoveries and is a "Science Now" Educator at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

 

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