1991 …2024

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Research interests

The Hillmyer Research Group efforts focus on the design, synthesis, characterization, and applications of advanced macromolecular materials. 

We strive to establish structure-property relationships and to discover and develop technologically important applications of polymers. We use modern polymer synthesis techniques that include various controlled polymerizations and selective polymer modifications, and these synthetic efforts provide the foundation for most projects. Ultimately, we aim to combine contemporary polymer synthesis with detailed molecular, morphological and property characterization to expand our knowledge of fundamental polymer science and advance new technologies. 

Our spotlight areas of research include the development of sustainable polymers from renewable resources and hybrid macromolecular structures that combine disparate polymeric elements into a single compound. As project areas are often interrelated, our group encourages and embraces collaboration. In addition to collaborations between members of the Hillmyer Group, several formal cooperative relationships have been established with several other research groups at the University of Minnesota. The overall polymer science effort at the University of Minnesota is wide-ranging, and the extensive infrastructure and collaborative nature of the faculty truly fosters a unique research environment.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, California Institute of Technology

BS, University of Florida

External Positions

Editor in Chief, ACS Publications, Macromolecules

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Research Output

Poly(methyl methacrylate) Films with High Concentrations of Silicon Quantum Dots for Visibly Transparent Luminescent Solar Concentrators

Hill, S. K. E., Connell, R., Held, J., Peterson, C., Francis, L., Hillmyer, M. A., Ferry, V. E. & Kortshagen, U., Jan 29 2020, In : ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 12, 4, p. 4572-4578 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Processable epoxy-telechelic polyalkenamers and polyolefins for photocurable elastomers

    Kassekert, L. A., Dingwell, C. E., De Hoe, G. X. & Hillmyer, M. A., Jan 21 2020, In : Polymer Chemistry. 11, 3, p. 712-720 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Readily Degradable Aromatic Polyesters from Salicylic Acid

    Kim, H. J., Reddi, Y., Cramer, C. J., Hillmyer, M. A. & Ellison, C. J., Jan 21 2020, In : ACS Macro Letters. 9, 1, p. 96-102 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Aliphatic Polyester Thermoplastic Elastomers Containing Hydrogen-Bonding Ureidopyrimidinone Endgroups

    Watts, A. & Hillmyer, M. A., Jul 8 2019, In : Biomacromolecules. 20, 7, p. 2598-2609 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Scopus citations

    Bicontinuous Porous Nanomaterials from Block Polymers Radically Cured in the Disordered State for Size-Selective Membrane Applications

    Hampu, N., Bates, M. W., Vidil, T. & Hillmyer, M. A., Jan 1 2019, In : ACS Applied Nano Materials. 2, 7, p. 4567-4577 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Scopus citations


    Supporting Data for “Renewable, Degradable, and Chemically Recyclable Cross-Linked Elastomers”

    Brutman, J. P., De Hoe, G. X., Hillmyer, M. A., Le, T., Schneiderman, D. K., Data Repository for the University of Minnesota, 2017


    Thermal Processing of Diblock Copolymer Melts Mimics Metallurgy

    Arora, A., Bates, F. S., Dorfman, K., Hillmyer, M. A., Kim, K., Lewis III, R. M., Schulze, M. W., Data Repository for the University of Minnesota, 2017