The Berda Group


The overarching theme for research in our laboratory is the synthesis of well-defined nanostructures with an emphasis on complex architectures with the ability to adapt based on external stimuli, similar to biological systems. While this research is fundamental in nature, it represents an important initial step towards advanced nanoarchitectures that are capable of mimicking the complexity found in natural systems.

Our laboratory specializes in synthesizing single-chain nanoparticles (SCNP), which are organic nanoparticles formed by the intramolecular reaction of single polymer chains in highly dilute solution. Currently, our lab is working on identifying synthetic methodologies that impart interesting functionality or structural features in SCNP.



20 May 2016
Congrats to graduating Berda group seniors! Mark Cashman will begin his Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering under Dr. E. Johan Foster at Virgina Tech, Ian Martin will begin his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Connecticut, and Jacob Lessard will begin his Ph.D. in Chemistry under Dr. Brent Sumerlin at the University of Florida.

20 April 2016
Jake Lessard's poster, "Pendant Group Effect on Single-Chain Nanoparticle Collapse via Intra-Chain Radical Polymerization," wins first place at the 2016 UNH Undgergraduate Research Conference Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering (ISE) Symposium.

31 December 2015 
Ashley Hanlon's Macromolecules paper “What is Next in Single Chain Nanoparticles,” is chosen as an ACS Editors Choice article and featured on the journal cover. Check out the paper here:

January 2015
Bryan Tuten sucessfully defends his dissertation, "Modular and Dynamic Approaches to the Formation of Single-Chain Polymer Nanoparticles," for a Ph.D. in Materials Science. He goes on to begin a postdoctoral fellowship under Dr. Christopher Barner-Kowollik at Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) in Karlsruhe, Germany. Congratulations, Bryan!

21 December 2015
Christopher Lyon sucessfully defends his dissertation, "Linear polymers bearing monomer units and intra-chain polymerization toward architecturally defined nanostructures," for a Ph.D. in Chemistry. He goes on to begin a postdoctoral fellowship at Penn State. Congratulations, Chris!

14 December 2015
Alka Prasher sucessfully defends her dissertation, "PALLADIUM (0) AND COPPER (I) CATALYZED CROSS-COUPLING REACTIONS: A FACILE ROUTE FOR THE SYNTHESIS OF POLYMER NANOPARTICLES," for a Ph.D. in Chemistry. She begins a postdoctoral fellowship at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Congratulations, Alka!