Marek W. Urban
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Marek W. Urban is an American professor, scientist and chemical engineer who works in the field of polymers, polymer spectroscopy, polymeric coatings, and stimuli-responsive materials.
He studied chemistry at Marquette University where he received MS degree (1979) and continued at Michigan Technological University where he received his doctorate in chemistry and chemical engineering (1984), followed by postdoctoral fellowship at Case Western Reserve University (1984–86).
He is currently J.E. Sirrine Foundation Endowed Chair and Professor at Clemson University in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His prior appointments included department chair positions at North Dakota State University and University of Southern Mississippi. He also has led and directed the National Science Foundation Research Centers, Industry/University Cooperative Research Center in Coatings (1995–2005) and Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) on Stimuli-Responsive Polymeric Films and Coatings. Numerous media including New York Times, Forbes, BBC, National Geographic, Discovery, The Economist, Discovery Channel, New York Times, USA Today, local TV stations, and many others have featured his research group (Urban Research Group) discoveries in stimuli-responsive polymers, including self-healing films, colloidal synthesis, and antimicrobial surfaces.
BOOKS Stimuli-Responsive Materials: From Molecules to Nature Mimicking Materials Design. Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK, 2016.
Handbook of Stimuli-Responsive Materials, Wiley-VCH, Verlag & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2011.
Vibrational Spectroscopy of Molecules and Macromolecules on Surfaces, John Wiley & Sons, 1993.
"Dynamic materials: The Chemistry of Self-Healing," Nature Chemistry, 2012, 4, 80-82.
"Stimuli-Responsive Polymers," McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology, 2010, 362-365.
"Self-Repairing Oxetane-Substituted Chitosan Polyurethane Networks," Science, 2009, 323(5920), 1458–1460.
"Phage-Bacterium War on Polymeric Surfaces: Can Surface-Anchored Bacteriophages Eliminate Microbial Infections?" Biomacromolecules, 2013, 14(5), 1257-1261.
"Self-Repairable Polyurethane Networks by Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Water," Angewandte Chemie Inter. Ed., 2014, 53(45), 12142-12147.
"One-Step Synthesis of Amphiphilic Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Block Copolymers by Surfactant-Free Heterogeneous Radical Polymerization," ACS Macro Lett., 2015, 4, 1317–1320.
"Instantaneous Directional Growth of Block Copolymer Nanowires During Heterogeneous Radical Polymerization (HRP)," Nano Lett., 2016, 16(4), 2873-2877.
- "The microbiological minefield". The Economist, 17 May 2013.
- Jonathan Fahey. "Better Than Watching Paint Dry". Forbes, 12 March 2009.
- Fountain, Henry. "A Polymer Coating That Can Heal Itself Thanks to UV Light". New York Times, 13 March 2009. Cite error: Invalid
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- "Coatings that 'self-heal' in sun". BBC NEWS, 12 March 2009.
- "Self-Healing Coating May Erase Gadget Scratches". National Geographic News, 13 March 2009.
- "When Hurt, Self-Healing Plastics Turn Red". Discovery News, 26 March 2012.
- Lofton, Lynn. "USM professor develops self-repairing plastic material". Mississippi Business Journal, 19 August 2012.