Jimmy W. Mays

Professor & Distinguished Scientist - Department of Chemistry

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Professor Jimmy Mays received the B.S. degree in Polymer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science from the University of Akron in 1984 under the direction of Professor Lewis Fetters. After graduation he worked for several years at Hercules Research Center, prior to joining the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 2002 he moved to his current position as UT/ORNL Distinguished Scientist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Professor Mays’ research is centered on polymer synthesis, especially synthesis of polymers having controlled architectures.

Focus Areas: Polymeric Biomaterials | Drug Delivery | Tissue Engineering | Dental Restoratives

Skills and Expertise: Polymer Synthesis | Polymer Characterization

Selected Publications:

Polypeptide Grafted Hyaluronan: A Self-assembling Comb-Branched Polymer Constructed from Biological Components
M. Kandadai, R. Anumolu, X. Wang, D. Baskaran, L. F. Pease III, D. Bedrov, G. D. Smith, J. W. Mays, and J. J. Magda, European Polymer Journal, vol. 47, no. 10, pp. 2022-2027, 2011.
Polypeptide Grafted Hyaluronan: Synthesis and Characterization
X. Wang, D. Baskaran, J. Messman, and J. W. Mays, Biomacromolecules, vol. 11, no. 9, pp. 2313-2320, 2010.
Architecturally Induced Multiresponsive Vesicles from Well-Defined Polypeptides. Formation of Gene Vehicles
H. Iatrou, H. Frielinghaus, S. Hanski, N. Ferderigos, J. Ruokolainen, O. Ikkala, D. Richter, J. Mays, and N. Hadjichristidis, Biomacromolecules, vol. 8, no. 7, pp. 2173-2181, 2007.
Synthesis of 3- and 4- Arm Star-Block Copolypeptides using Multifunctional Amino Initiators and High Vacuum Techniques
T. Aliferis, H. Iatrou, N. Hadjichristidis, J. Messman, and J. W. Mays, Macromolecular Symposia, vol. 240, pp. 12-17, 2006.
Synthesis and Evaluation of Novel Bifunctional Oligomer-based Composites for Dental Applications
D. Xie, I-D. Chung, G. Wang, and J. Mays, Journal of Biomaterials Applications, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 221-236, 2006.
Novel Biodegradable Amino Acid-containing Anhydride Oligomers for Orthopedic Applications
D. Xie, I.D. Chung, A. Puckett, and J. W. Mays, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, vol. 96, no. 5, pp. 1979-1984, 2005.
Cytoprotection of PEG-modified Adult Porcine Pancreatic Islets for Improved Xenotransplantation
D. Xie, C. A. Smyth, C. Eckstein, G. Bilbao, J. Mays, D. E. Eckhoff, and J. L. Contreras, Biomaterials, vol. 26, no. 4, p. 403-412, 2005.
A Novel Approach to Xenotransplantation Combining Surface Engineering and Genetic Modification of Isolated Adult Porcine Islets
J. L. Contreras, D. Xie, J. Mays, C. A. Smyth, C. Eckstein, F. G. Rahemtulla, C. J. Young, J. A. Thompson, G. Bilbao, D. T. Curiel, and D. E. Eckhoff, Surgery, vol. 136, no. 3, pp. 537-547, 2004.
Novel Resin Modified Glass Ionomer Cements with Improved Flexural Strength and Ease of Handling
D. Xie, W. Wu, A. Puckett, B. Farmer, and J. W. Mays, European Polymer Journal, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 343-351, 2004.
An Amino Acid Modified and Non-HEMA Containing Glass Ionomer Cement
D. Xie, I-D Chung, W. Wu, J. Lemons, A. Puckett, and J. Mays, Biomaterials, vol. 25, no. 10, pp. 1825-1830, 2004.