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Megan M. Boyle

m-boyle@northwestern.edu

Graduate Student

Hometown: United States

Joined group: 2007

Left group: 2012


Education:

Saint Mary's College (2003-2007) B.S. Chemistry and Mathematics

Publications:

M. M. Boyle, R. A. Smaldone, A. C. Whalley, M. W. Ambrogio, Y. Y. Botros, J. F. Stoddart, “Mechanized Materials,” Chem. Sci., 2011, 2, 204–210. One of the Top 10 Most Accessed Articles in December 2010.

Message:

I grew up in Indianapolis, IN and migrated slightly north for college in Notre Dame, IN. I majored in Math and Chemistry at Saint Mary's College. My research at Saint Mary's included a study of the topology of interlocked molecules. This sparked my interest in the Stoddart group. I spent my summers in college researching under SonBinh Nguyen here at Northwestern. I synthesized block copolymers using Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization in order to form polymer nanoparticles for DNA detection. I started as a first year grad student at Northwestern in the fall of 2007. In the Stoddart group, I have focused on the development and synthesis of a new macrocylic host and a self-complexing [1]rotaxane (Figure-of-Eight). The project investigated the synthesis of a variety of functionalized cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) derivatives and a study of host-guest interactions. Molecular architectures incorporating a selection of the hosts were explored using a wide variety of synthetic techniques and characterization techniques. Currently, I am working to incorporate this host into various bridged polymers.

 

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