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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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).



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

2005 B.S. 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 Group website: 

  • Polymer composites architected with 2D particle surfactants
  • Novel polymer backbone chemistries
  • Stimuli responsive and redox active small molecules
  • Additive manufacturing to produce multi-functional materials



  • 3D Printing CO2-Based Triblock Copolymers and Post-Printing Modification. Wei, P.; Bhat, G. A.; Cipriani, C.; Mohammad, H.; Schoonover, K.; Pentzer, E.*; Darensbourg, D.* Angewandte Chemie, 2022, e202208355. DOI: 1002/anie.202208355
  • Temperature-Dependent Capsule Shell Bonding and Destruction Based on Hindered Poly(urea-urethane) Chemistry. Wang, Y.; Wei, P.; Zhou, Q.; Cipriani, C.; Qi, M.; Sukhishvili, S.; Pentzer, E.* Chemistry of Materials, 2022, 34, 5821-5831. DOI: 1021/acs.chemmater.2c00415
  • Synthesis and Electronic Applications of Polymer Films Templated by Ti3C2Tz MXene-Armored Particles via Pickering Emulsion Polymerization. Cao, H.; Escamilla, M.; Anas, M.; Tan, Z.; Gulati, S.; Yun, J.; Luktenhaus, J.; Radovic, M; Pentzer, E.*; Green, M.* ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2021, 13, 51556-51566. DOI: 1021/acsami.1c16234
  • Capsules with Polyurea Shells and Ionic Liquid Cores for CO2 Gaur, S. S.; Edgehouse, K.; Klemm, A.; Wei, P.; Gurkan, B.*; Pentzer, E.* Journal of Polymer Science, 2021, 59, 2980-2989. DOI: 10.1002/pol.20210342
  • Structure-Processing-Property Relationships of 3D Printed Porous Polymeric Materials. Cipriani, C.; Ha, T.; Martinez, O.; Myneni, M.; Wang, Y.; Benjamin, C.; Wang, J.*; Pentzer, E.*; Wei, P.* ACS Materials Au, 2021, 1, 69-80. Invited to inaugural issue. DOI: 1021/acsmaterialsau.1c000017
  • Thermal Energy Regulation with 3D Printed Polymer-Phase Change Material Composites. Wei, P.; Cipriani, C.; Pentzer, E.* Matter, 2021, 4, 1975-1989. DOI: 1016/j.matt.2021.03.019
  • Capsules of Poly(alpha-olefins) for Removal of BETX from Water. Edgehouse, K.; Rosenfeld, N.; Bergbreiter, D.*; Pentzer, E.* Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2021, 60, 14455-14463.  DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c02819
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Polymer Composites for Thermoelectric Applications. McGrail, B.T.; Sehirlioglu, A.*; Pentzer, E.* Angewandte Chemie, 2015, 54, 1710-1723. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201408431
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Bioactive and Therapeutic ROMP Polymers. Smith, D.; Pentzer, E. B.; Nguyen, S. T.  Polymer Reviews, 2007, 47, 419-459.
  • 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.