Department of Chemistry
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Emily Pentzer
Associate Professor

Primary Appointment
Materials Science and Engineering

Department of Chemistry
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3255

Office: RDMC 249
Labs: CHEM 2525, 2524 (1986 wing)
P: 979-458-6688

Current Activities

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 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.

Educational Background

Postdoc, UMass Amherst 2010-2013

PhD, Northwestern University

BS, Butler University

Awards & Recognition

  • 2021 American Chemical Society WCC Rising Star Award
  • 2021 AZZ Inc. Faculty Fellow
  • CWRU Faculty Diversity Excellence Award (2019)
  • CWRU Outstanding Professor Award from Engineering Group (2017)
  • PMSE Young Investigator (an award from the American Chemical Society, 2017)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2016)

Selected Publications

  • Inter-Capsule Fusion and Capsule Shell Destruction using Dynamic Covalent Polymers. Wang, Y.; Quevedo, K.; Pentzer, E.* Polymer Chemistry, 2021, 12, 2695-2700. DOI: 10.1039/D1PY00271F
  • Thermal Energy Regulation with 3D Printed Polymer-Phase Change Material Composites. Wei, P.; Cipriani, C.; Pentzer, E.* Matter, 2021, Online. DOI: 10.1016/j.matt.2021.03.019
  • 100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Polymerization of Cumulated Bonds: Isocyanates, Allenes, and Ketenes as Monomers. Mitchell, S.; Sachinthani, K. A. N.; Pulukkody, R.; Pentzer, E.* ACS Macro Letters, 2020, 9, 1046-1059. DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.0c00396
  • Encapsulation of Ionic Liquids for Tailored Applications. Luo, Q.; Pentzer, E.* ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2020, 12, 5169-5176. Invited as part of Young Investigator Forum. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.9b16546
  • Feasibility of TEMPO-Functionalized Imidazolium, Ammonium, and Pyridinium Salts as Redox-Active Carriers in Ethaline Deep Eutectic Solvent for Energy Storage. Chen, B.; Mitchell, S.; Sinclair, N.; Wainwright, J.; Pentzer, E.*; Gurkan, B.* Molecular Systems Design & Engineering, 2020, 5, 1147-1157. DOI: 10.1039/D0ME00038H