Emily Pentzer

Associate Professor - Chemistry

Associate Professor - Materials Science & Engineering

Phone: (979)-458-6688

Fax: (979)-862-6835

Email: emilypentzer@tamu.edu

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Ph.D. 2010, Chemistry. Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) Dissertation title: RCM and ROMP: Metathesis routes to novel monomers and degradable polymers (Advisor: Prof. SonBinh T. Nguyen).

B.S. 2005, Chemistry Butler University (Indianapolis, IN) Highest honors, summa cum laude. Thesis title: Isolation and identification of compounds in caramelized carbohydrates (Advisor: Prof. Anne Wilson).


Research Interests

Tailoring organic materials properties using chemical modification for applied scientific endeavors


  1. 2D particles surfactants and their use to architect the intimate connection of dissimilar materials
  2. Novel polymer backbone chemistries from chain growth polymerizations
  3. Stimuli responsive and redox active small molecules



Professional Experience

Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Associate Professor of Chemistry; Associate Professor Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University (College Station, TX): July 2019-present.

Frank Hovorka Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH): July 2017-June 2019.

Adjunct Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH): July 2016-June 2019.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH): July 2013-June 2017.

Postdoctoral Associate, University of Massachusetts Amherst Polymer Science and Engineering (Amherst, MA): July 2010-May 2013. Project title: Synthesis and assembly of n-type and p-type materials for organic photovoltaic applications (Advisor: Prof. Todd Emrick).



Independent Career

  1. Evaluating the Chemical Exfoliation of Lithium Cobalt Oxide using UV-Vis Spectroscopy. Pachuta, K.; Pentzer, E.; Sehirlioglu, A.* Nanoscale Advances, 2020, accepted. DOI: 10.1039/D0NA00755B
  2. Advances and Opportunities of Oil-in-Oil Emulsions. Zia, A.; Pentzer, E.*; Thickett, S.*; Kempe, K.* ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2020, 12, 38845-38861. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c7993
  3. Electrical Characterization and Charge Transport in Chemically Exfoliated 2D LixCoO2 Nanoflakes. Crowley, K.; Pachuta, K.; Radha, S.; Volkova, H.; Sehirlioglu, A.; Pentzer, E.; Lambrecht, W. R. L.; Gao, X.* Journal of Physical Chemistry, 2020, accepted. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c04747
  4. 100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Polymerization of Cumulated Bonds: Isocyanates, Allenes, and Ketenes as Monomers. Mitchell, S.; Sachinthani, K. A. N.; Pulukkody, R.; Pentzer, E.* ACS Macro Letters, 2020, 9, 1046-1059. DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.0c00396 Invited
  5. Feasibility of TEMPO-Functionalized Imidazolium, Ammonium, and Pyridinium Salts as Redox-Active Carriers in Ethaline Deep Eutectic Solvent for Energy Storage. Chen, B.; Mitchell, S.; Sinclair, N.; Wainwright, J.; Pentzer, E.*; Gurkan, B.* Molecular Systems Design & Engineering, 2020, 5, 1147-1157. DOI: 10.1039/D0ME00038H
  6. Pickering Bubbles of Perfluoropropane Stabilized by Modified Graphene Oxide as Dual-Modality Ultrasound and Photoacoustic Contrast Agent. De Leon, A.; Wei, P.; Bordera, F.; Wegierak, D. McMillan, M.; Yan, D.; Hemmingsen, C.; Kolios, M. C.; Pentzer, E.*; Exner, A.* ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2020, 12, 22308-22317. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c02091
  7. Capsules of Reactive Ionic Liquids for Selective Capture of Carbon Dioxide at Low Concentrations. Lee, Y.-Y.; Edgehouse, K.; Klemm, A.; Mao, H; Pentzer, E.; Gurkan, B.* ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2020, 12, 19184-19193. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c01622
  8. Encapsulation of Ionic Liquids for Tailored Applications. Luo, Q.; Pentzer, E.* ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2020, 12, 5169-5176. Invited as part of Young Investigator Forum. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.9b16546
  9. Lewis Acid Activated Reactions of Silyl Ketenes for the Preparation of a-Silyl Carbonyl Compounds. Mitchell, S.; Xiang, Y.; Matthews, R.; Amburgey, A.; Pentzer, E.* Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2019, 84, 14461-14468. DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.9b01859
  10. Efficient Sizing of Single Layer Graphene Oxide with Optical Microscopy under Ambient Conditions. Luo, Q.; Wirth, C.*; Pentzer, E.* Carbon, 2020, 157, 395-401. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2019.10.047
  11. Zinc(II) Complex of Di(naphthylethynyl)azadipyrromethene with low synthetic complexity leads to OPV with high industrial accessibility. Wang, C.; Wei, P.; Ngai, J. H.L.; Rheingold, A.; Li, Y.; Pentzer, E.; Li, R.; Zhu, L.; Sauve, G.* Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2019, 7, 24614-24625. DOI: 10.1039/C9TA08654D
  12. Electrically Conductive, Reduced Graphene Oxide Structures Fabricated by Inkjet Printing and Low Temperature Plasma Reduction. Sui, Y.; Hess-Dunning, A.; Wei, P.; Pentzer, E.; Sankaran, M.; Zorman, C.* Adv. Mater. Technol., 2019, 1900834. DOI: 10.1002/admt.201900834
  13. Metal-Free Deep Eutectic Solvents: Preparation, Physical Properties, and Significance. Gurkan, B.*; Squire, H.; Pentzer, E.* Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2019, 10, 7956-7964. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b01980
  14. Oligomerization of Silyl Ketenes: Favoring Chain Extension over Backbiting. Xiang, Y.; Mitchell, S.; Rheingold, A. L.; Lambrecht, D. S.;* Pentzer, E.* Macromolecules, 2019, 52, 6126-6134. DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.9b00752
  15. Hybrid Ionic Liquid Capsules for Rapid CO2 Capture. Huang, Q.; Luo, Q.; Wang, Y.; Pentzer, E.*; Gurkan, B.* Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2019, 58, 10503-10509. DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.9b00314
  16. Reprocessable 3D-Printed Conductive Elastomeric Composite Foams for Strain and Gas Sensing. Wei, P.; Leng, H.; Chen, Q.; Advincula, R.; Pentzer, E.* ACS Applied Polymer Materials, 2019, 1, 885-892. DOI: 10.1021/acsapm.9b00118
  17. Cation Deficiency Associated with the Chemical Exfoliation of Lithium Cobalt Oxide. Pachuta, K.; Pentzer, E.; Sehirlioglu, A.*; Journal of the American Ceramics Society, 2019, 102, 5603-5612. DOI: 10.1111/jace.16382
  18. Pickering Emulsion-Templated Encapsulation of Ionic Liquids for Contaminant Removal. Luo, Q.; Wang, Y.; Chen, Z.; Wei, P.; Yoo, E.; Pentzer, E.* ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2019, 11, 9612-9620. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b21881
  19. Stabilization of Oil-in-Water Emulsions with Graphene Oxide and Cobalt Oxide Nanosheets and Preparation of Armored Polymer Particles. Edgehouse, K.; Escamilla, M.; Wang, L.; Dent, R.; Pachuta, K.; Kendall, L.; Wei, P.; Sehirlioglu, A.; Pentzer, E.* Journal of Colloid Interfacial Science, 2019, 541, 269-278. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2019.01.092
  20. The Synthesis of Highly Functionalized 2-Pyranone from Silyl Ketene. Xiang, Y., Reingold, A., Pentzer, E.* ACS Omega, 2018, 3, 9419-9423. DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.8b01531
  21. Ionic Liquid-Containing Pickering Emulsions Stabilized by Graphene Oxide-Based Surfactants. Luo, Q.; Wang, Y.; Yoo, E.; Wei, P.; Pentzer, E.* Langmuir, 2018, 34, 10114-10122. DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b02011
  22. 2D Particles at Fluid-Fluid Interfaces: Assembly and Templating of Hybrid Structure for Advanced Applications. Wei, P.; Luo, Q.; Edgehouse, K.; Hemmingsen, C.; Rodier, B.; Pentzer, E.* ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2018, 10, 21765-21781. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b07178
  23. pH Dependent Routes for the Modification of Graphene Oxide with Small Molecule Thiols. De Leon, A.; Mellon, M.; Advincula, R.; Pentzer, E*. RSC Advances, 2018, 8, 18388-18395. DOI: 10.1039/C8RA03300E.
  24. Perylene diimide Bearing Different Trialkyl Silyl Ethers: Impact of Asymmetric Functionalization on Self-Assembly into Nanostructures. Matthews, R.; Swisher, J.; Hutchins, K.; Pentzer, E.* Chemistry of Materials, 2018, 30, 3571-3577. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.8b01543
  25. Carbon Capsules of Ionic Liquid for Enhanced Supercapacitor Performance. Luo, Q.; Wei, P.; Huang, Q.; Gurkan, B.*; Pentzer, E.* ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2018, 10, 16707-16714. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b01285
  26. A Plastic Metal-Free Electric Motor by 3D Printing of Graphene-Polyamide Powder. De Leon, A.; Rodier, B.; Bajamundi, C.; Espera, A.; Wei, P.; Kwon, J.; Williams, J.; Ilijasic, F.; Advincula, R.*; Pentzer, E.* ACS Applied Energy Materials, 2018, 1, 1726-1733. DOI: 10.1021/acsaem.8b00240
  27. Accommodating Volume Change and Imparting Thermal Conductivity by Encapsulation of Phase Change Materials in Carbon Nanoparticles. Advincula, P. B. A.; de Leon, A.; Advincula, R.; Pentzer, E.* Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2018, 6, 2461-2467. DOI: 10.1039/C7TA09664J
  28. Polymerizations in Oil-in-Oil Emulsions using 2D Nanoparticle Surfactants. Rodier, B. J.; de Leon, A.; Hemmingsen, C.; Pentzer, E.* Polymer Chemistry, 2018, 9, 1547-1550. DOI: 10.1039/C7PY01819C (Emerging Investigator Issue, inside front cover)
  29. Controlling Oil-in-Oil Pickering-Type Emulsions Using 2D Materials as Surfactant. Rodier, B.; de Leon, A.; Hemmingsen, C.; Pentzer, E.* ACS Macro Letters, 2017, 6, 1201-1206. DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.7b00648
  30. Polymerization of Silyl Ketenes: A Combined Computational and Experimental Approach. Xiang, Y.; Albrecht, B. J.; Tragesser, L.E.; McCaffrey, J.; Lambrecht, D.*; Pentzer, E.* Polymer Chemistry, 2017, 8, 5381-5387. DOI: 10.1039/C7PY00858A
  31. Distinct Chemical and Physical Properties of Janus Graphene Oxide. De Leon, A.; Rodier, B.; Luo, Q.; Wei, P.; Hemmingsen, C.; Abbasi, K.; Advincula, R.; Pentzer, E.* ACS Nano, 2017, 11, 7485-7493. DOI:10.1021/acsnano.7b04020
  32. Organofunctional Silanes for Stabilization of Aluminum-Doped Zinc Oxide Surfaces. Matthews, R.; Glasser, E.; Sprawls, S. C.; French, R. H.; Peshek, T.; Pentzer, E.*; Martin, I.* ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2017, 9, 17620-17628. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b02638
  33. Beyond Binary: Data Storage in Polymer Films with 0, 1, 2, and 3. Wei, P.; Li, B.; de Leon, A.; Pentzer, E.* Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2017, 5, 5780-5786. (Emerging Investigators Issue). Highlighted in Chemistry World, Highlighted by AAAS. DOI: 10.1039/C7TC00929A
  34. Simultaneous Reduction and Functionalization of Graphene Oxide via Ritter Reaction. De Leon, A.; Alonso, L.; Magdelena, J.; Advincula, R.; Pentzer, E.* ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2017, 9, 14265-14272. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b01890
  35. Polymer Composites with Photo-Responsive Phthalocyanine for Patterning in Colour and Fluorescence. Li, B.; Wei, P.; de Leon, A.; Frey, T.; Pentzer, E.* European Polymer Journal, 2017, 89, 399-405. DOI: 10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2017.02.042
  36. Hollow microcapsules via stitching together of graphene oxide nanosheets with a di-functional small molecule. Luo, Q., Wei, P.; Pentzer, E.* Carbon, 2016, 106, 125-131. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2016.05.024
  37. Polythioether Particles Armored with Graphene Oxide Nanosheets. Rodier, B. J.; Mosher, E. P.; Burton, S. T.; Matthews, R.; Pentzer, E.* Macromolecular Rapid Communication, 2016, 37, 894-899. DOI: 10.1002/marc.201600093
  38. Selective Mono-facial Modification of Graphene Oxide Nanosheets in Suspension. McGrail, B.T.; Magdelena, J.; Rodier, B.J.; Swisher, J.; Advincula, R.; Pentzer, E.* Chem Comm. 2016, 52, 288-291. DOI: 10.1039/C5CC05596B
  39. Interfacial Trapping in an Aged Discotic Liquid Crystal Semiconductor. Dawson, N.; Patrick, M. S.; Paul, S.; Ellman, B.; Semyonov, A. R.; Twieg, R. J.; Matthews, R.; Pentzer, E.; Singer, K. D.* Journal of Applied Physics, 2015, 118, 085502. DOI:10.1063/1.4929749
  40. Polymer Composites for Thermoelectric Applications. McGrail, B.T.; Sehirlioglu, A.*; Pentzer, E.* Angewandte Chemie, 2015, 54, 1710-1723. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201408431
  41. Rapid Covalent Functionalization of Graphene Oxide in Water. McGrail, B. T.; Rodier, B. J.; Pentzer, E.* Chemistry of Materials, 2014, 26, 5806-5811. DOI: 10.1021/cm5031409
  42. Selective Nucleation of Poly(3-hexyl thiophene) Nanofibers on Multilayer Graphene Substrates. Acevedo-Cartagena, D.E.; Zhang, Y.; Trabanino, E.; Pentzer, E.; Emrick, T.; Briseno, A.L.; Hayward, R.C. ACS Macro Letters, 2015, 4, 483-487. DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.5b00038
  43. Morphology-Dependent Electronic Properties in Cross-linked (P3HT-b-P3MT) Block Copolymer Nanostructures. Baghgar, M.; Barnes, A.M.; Pentzer, E., Wise, A.J.; Emrick, T.; Dinsmore, T.; Barnes, M.D. ACS Nano, 2014, 8, 8344-8349. DOI: 10.1021/nn502806d
  44. Preparation of Low Band Gap Fibrillar Structures by Solvent Induced Crystallization. Wang, H.W.; Pentzer, E.B.; Emrick, T.; Russell, T. ACS Macro Letters, 2014, 3, 30-34. DOI: 10.1021/mz400431s
  45. Cross-Linked Functionalized Poly(3-hexylthiophene) Nanofibers with Tunable Excitonic Coupling. Baghar, M.; Pentzer, E.; Wise, A.; Labastide, J.; Emrick, T.; Barnes, M. ACS Nano, 2013, 7, 8917-8923. DOI: 10.1021/nn403392b
  46. Nanoscale Assembly into Extended and Continuous Structures and Hybrid Materials. Emrick, T.; Pentzer, E. NPG Asia Materials, 2013, 5, e43. DOI:10.1038/am.2012.73
  47. Growth of Polythiophene/Perylene Tetracarboxydiimide Donor/Acceptor Shish-Kebab Nanostructures by Coupled Crystallization Modification. Bu, L.; Pentzer, E.; Bokel, F.; Emrick, T.; Hayward, R. ACS Nano, 2012, 6, 10924-10929. DOI: 10.1021/nn3043836
  48. Probing Inter- and Intrachain Exciton Coupling in Isolated Poly(3-hexylthiophene) Nanofibers: Effect of Solvation and Regioregularity. Baghgar, M.; Labastide, J.; Bokel, F.; Dujovne, I.; McKenna, A.; Barnes, A. M.; Pentzer, E.; Emrick, T.; Hayward, R.; Barnes, M. D. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2012, 3, 1674-1649. DOI: 10.1021/jz3005909
  49. Nanocomposite “Superhighways” by Solution Assembly of Semiconductor Nanostructures with Ligand-Functionalized Conjugated Polymers. Pentzer, E.; Bokel, F.; Hayward, R.; Emrick, T. Advanced Materials, 2012, 24, 2254-2258. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201104788
  50. Sterically-Stabilized Nanoparticles in Solutions and at Interfaces. Miesch, C.; Pentzer, E.; Emrick, T. In Comprehensive Polymer Science, 2011. doi:10.1016/B978-0-444-53349-4.00183-7
  51. Assembly of Poly(3-Hexylthiophene)/CdSe Hybrid Nanowires by Co-crystallization. Bokel, F.; Sudeep, P.; Pentzer, E.; Emrick, T.; Hayward, R. Macromolecules, 2011, 44, 1768-1770.
  52. Substrate Encapsulation: An Efficient Strategy for the RCM Synthesis of Unsaturated ϵ-Lactones. Pentzer, E. B.; Gadzikwa, T.G.; Nguyen, S.T. Organic Letters, 2008, 10, 5613-5615. (Highlighted in organic chemistry portal: http://www.organic-chemistry.org/Highlights/2009/15June.shtm)
  53. Bioactive and Therapeutic ROMP Polymers. Smith, D.; Pentzer, E. B.; Nguyen, S. T.  Polymer Reviews, 2007, 47, 419-459.

54.         The Distribution of Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger) Leaf Nests within Forest Fragments in Central Indiana.  Salsbury, C. M.; Dolan, R. W.; Pentzer, E. B.   American Midland Naturalist, 2004, 151, 369-377.