Dr. Justin G. Kennemur, Associate Professor

Professional Preparation/Appointments

B.S. Radford University (2002)
Ph.D. North Carolina State University (2010)
Postdoc, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (2011–2014)

Contact Information

Email jkennemur@fsu.edu
Office 2005 CSL 850.644.3875
Lab 2301 CSL  

Programs of Research

Materials, Organic

Research Specialties

Environment and Energy, Nanoscience, Synthesis and Catalysis

Research Interest

​Our team currently has three research thrusts globally aimed at designing new polymeric systems towards current societal needs. These include: 1) Advanced elastomeric and super-soft materials with enhanced recyclability and applications in adhesion, lubrication, impact dampening, and potential replacement for articular cartilage.  2) Sustainable plastics comprised of chiral biomass-based feedstock and their stereochemical effects on material properties. 3) Functional diblock and multiblock copolymers geared towards autonomous nanostructured assemblies and use in templates for nanotechnology, ion conduction, and selective membranes for transport and filtration. Our research is highly interdisciplinary and relies on organic synthesis, polymer synthesis, organometallic catalysis, analysis of macromolecular structure, and polymer physics / engineering principles to probe material function. 


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Neary, W. J.; Isais, T. A.; Kennemur, J. G. Depolymerization of Bottlebrush Polypentenamers and their Macromolecular Metamorphosis. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 14220 – 14229.
Kieber III, R. J.; Ozkardes, C.; Sanchez, N.; Kennemur, J. G. Cationic Copolymerization of Isosorbide Towards Value-added Poly(vinyl ethers). Polym. Chem. 2019, 10, 3514 – 3524.
Kennemur, J. G. Poly(vinylpyridine) Segments in Block Copolymers: Synthesis, Self-Assembly, and Versatility. Macromolecules, 2019, 52, 1354-1370.
Neary, W. J.; Kennemur, J. G. Polypentenamer Renaissance: Challenges and Opportunities. ACS Macro Lett., 2019, 8, 46-56.
Neary, W. J.; Fultz, B. A.; Kennemur, J. G. Well-Defined and Precision-Grafted Bottlebrush Polypentenamers from Variable Temperature ROMP and ATRP. ACS Macro Lett., 2018, 7, 1080–1086.