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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

2018 → …

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Projects 1998 2024

Research Output 1991 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

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

Thermoplastic elastomers
Stress relaxation
Hydrogen bonds

CdSe/CdS-poly(cyclohexylethylene) thin film luminescent solar concentrators

Connell, R., Keil, J., Peterson, C., Hillmyer, M. A. & Ferry, V. E., Oct 1 2019, In : APL Materials. 7, 10, 101123.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Solar concentrators
Thin films
Refractive index

Critical Excipient Properties for the Dissolution Enhancement of Phenytoin

Johnson, L. M. & Hillmyer, M. A., Nov 19 2019, In : ACS Omega. 4, 21, p. 19116-19127 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
hydroxypropylmethylcellulose acetate succinate

Dispersity and architecture driven self-assembly and confined crystallization of symmetric branched block copolymers

Pitet, L. M., Chamberlain, B. M., Hauser, A. W. & Hillmyer, M. A., Oct 21 2019, In : Polymer Chemistry. 10, 39, p. 5385-5395 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Self assembly
Block copolymers


Hillmyer, M. A., Apr 9 2019, In : Macromolecules. 52, 7, p. 2629-2630 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial


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