Wooley, Karen individual record
Distinguished Professor

Our research activities combine organic syntheses, polymerization strategies and polymer modification reactions in creative ways to afford unique macromolecular structures, which have been designed as functional nanostructures, polymer systems having unique macromolecular architectures, and/or degradable polymers. The emphasis is upon the incorporation of functions and functionalities into selective regions of polymer frameworks. In some cases, the function is added at the small molecule, monomer, stage, prior to polymerization, whereas, in other cases, chemical modifications are performed upon polymers or at the nanostructure level; each requires a strategic balance of chemical reactivity and the ultimate composition and structure.

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Academic Articles405
  • Pang, C., Wang, H., Zhang, F., Patel, A. K., Lee, H. P., & Wooley, K. L. (2023). Glucose-derived superabsorbent hydrogel materials based on mechanically-interlocked slide-ring and triblock copolymer topologies. JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE.
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  • Sayed, F., Eissa, N. G., Shen, Y., Hunstad, D. A., Wooley, K. L., & Elsabahy, M. (2022). Morphologic design of nanostructures for enhanced antimicrobial activity.. J Nanobiotechnology. 20(1), 536.
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  • Yang, J., Wang, X., Wang, B., Park, K., Wooley, K., & Zhang, S. (2022). Challenging the fundamental conjectures in nanoparticle drug delivery for chemotherapy treatment of solid cancers.. Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 190, 114525-114525.
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  • Singh, M., Dong, M., Wu, W., Nejat, R., Tran, D. K., Pradhan, N., ... Karim, A. (2022). Enhanced Dielectric Strength and Capacitive Energy Density of Cyclic Polystyrene Films.. ACS Polym Au. 2(5), 324-332.
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  • Su, L. u., Dalby, K. S., Luehmann, H., Elkassih, S. A., Cho, S., He, X., ... Wooley, K. L. (2022). Ultrasmall, elementary and highly translational nanoparticle X-ray contrast media from amphiphilic iodinated statistical copolymers. Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B.
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  • Mller, A., & Wooley, K. L. (2012). Introduction. Elsevier.
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  • Elsabahy, M., & Wooley, K. L. (2022). Chapter 6 Precautions during evaluation of immunotoxicity of particulate materials*. Immunomodulatory Effects of Nanomaterials. 139-143. Elsevier.
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  • Elsabahy, M., & Wooley, K. L. (2014). Core-Shell Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications. Handbook of Nanobiomedical Research. 475-517. World Scientific Publishing.
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Conference Papers94
  • Zhang, S., Langer, R., & Wooley, K. L. (2015). Simple, novel and applicable strategies for innovative medical solutions. Education Division 2015 - Core Programming Area at the 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting. 318.
  • Heo, G. S., Cho, S., & Wooley, K. L. (2014). Aldehyde-functional polycarbonates as reactive platforms. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. 248,
  • Zhang, F., Smolen, J. A., Zhang, S., Raymond, J. E., Li, R., Shah, P. N., ... Wooley, K. L. (2014). Design and synthesis of degradable polyphosphoester-based nanoparticles carrying silver-based antimicrobials as therapeutics for lung infections. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. 247,
  • Seetho, K., Lynd, N. A., Raymond, J. E., Hawker, C. J., & Wooley, K. L. (2014). Determining the extent of interaction of zwitterionic vs. blended ionic polymers for use in supramolecular self-assembly via thermal and mechanical characterization. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. 248,
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Texas A&M University; Chemistry Department; 3255 TAMU
College Station, TX 77842-3012