Bin Zhao

Professor - Department of Chemistry

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Dr. Zhao received B.S. and M.S. degrees in polymer chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Akron. After completing his postdoctoral research in Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Zhao joined the chemistry faculty of the University of Tennessee in 2002 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 2008, and became a full professor in 2013. His current research interests center on stimuli-responsive soft and hybrid materials, including environmentally responsive hairy particles, stimuli-sensitive block copolymer micelles and gels, hybrid hydrogels, chemically crosslinked hydrogels, and supported catalysts.

Focus Areas: Polymer Chemistry | Surface Chemistry | Polymer Hydrogels | Polymer Brushes

Skills and Expertise: Polymer Synthesis and Characterization | Surface Modification and Analysis | “Living”/Controlled Polymerization Techniques | Synthesis of Stimuli-Responsive Hydrogels | Preparation of Hairy Nanoparticles

Selected Publications:

Effect of Overall Grafting Density on Microphase Separation of Mixed Homopolymer Brushes Synthesized from Y-Initiator-Functionalized Silica Particles
C. Bao, S. Tang J.M. Horton, X. Jiang, P. Tang, F. Qiu, L. Zhu, and B. Zhao, Macromolecules, vol. 45, no. 19, pp. 8027-8036, 2012.
Truncated Wedge-Shaped Nanostructures Formed from Lateral Microphase Separation of Mixed Homopolymer Brushes Grafted on 67 nm Silica Nanoparticles: Evidence of the Effect of Substrate Curvature
J.M. Horton, S. Tang, C. Bao, P. Tang, F. Qiu, L. Zhu, and B. Zhao, ACS Macro Letters, vol. 1, no. 9, pp. 1061-1065, 2012.
Shifting Sol-Gel Phase Diagram of A Doubly Thermosensitive Hydrophilic Diblock Copolymer Poly(methoxytri(ethylene glycol) acrylate-co-acrylic acid)-b-poly(ethoxydi(ethylene glycol) acrylate-co-acrylic acid) in Aqueous Solution
N. Jin, H. Zhang, S. Jin, M.D. Dadmun, and B. Zhao, Macromolecules, vol. 45, no. 11, pp. 4790-4800, 2012.
Tuning of Thermally Induced Sol-to-Gel Transitions of Moderately Concentrated Aqueous Solutions of Doubly Thermosensitive Hydrophilic Diblock Copolymers Poly(methoxytri(ethylene glycol) acrylate)-b-poly(ethoxydi(ethylene glycol) acrylate-co-acrylic acid)
N. Jin, H. Zhang, S. Jin, M.D. Dadmun, and B. Zhao, The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, vol. 116, no. 10, pp. 3125-3137, 2012.
Temperature- and pH-Triggered Reversible Transfer of Doubly Responsive Hairy Particles between Water and a Hydrophobic Ionic Liquid
J.M. Horton, C. Bao, Z. Bai, T.P. Lodge, and B. Zhao, Langmuir, vol. 27, no. 21, pp. 13324-13334, 2011.
Enzyme-Induced Formation of Thermoreversible Micellar Gels from Aqueous Solutions of Multireponsive Hydrophilic ABA Triblock Copolymers
J.W. Woodcock, X. Jiang, R.A.E. Wright, and B. Zhao, Macromolecules, vol. 44, no. 14, pp. 5764-5775, 2011.
Tuning of Thermo-Triggered Gel-to-Sol Transition of Aqueous Solution of Multi-Responsive Diblock Copolymer Poly(methoxytri(ethylene glycol) acrylate-co-acrylic acid)-b-poly(ethoxydi(ethylene glycol) acrylate)
N. Jin, J.W. Woodcock, C. Xue, T.G. O’Lenick, X. Jiang, S. Jin, M.D. Dadmun, and B. Zhao, Macromolecules, vol. 44, no. 9, pp. 3556-3566, 2011.
Rheological Properties of Aqueous Micellar Gels of a Thermo- and pH-Sensitive ABA Triblock Copolymer
T.G. O'Lenick, N. Jin, J.W. Woodcock, and B. Zhao, The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, vol. 115, no. 12, pp. 2870-2881, 2011.
Spontaneous Phase Transfer of Thermosensitive Hairy Particles between Water and an Ionic Liquid
J.M. Horton, Z. Bai, X. Jiang, D. Li, T.P. Lodge, and B. Zhao, Langmuir, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 2019-2027, 2011.
Microphase Separation of High Grafting Density Asymmetric Mixed Homopolymer Brushes on Silica Particles
X. Jiang, B. Zhao, G. Zhong, N. Jin, J.M. Horton, L. Zhu, R.S. Hafner, and T.P. Lodge, Macromolecules, vol. 43, no. 19, pp. 8209-8217, 2010.