UF Chemistry Welcomes Dr. Daniel Savin
The Polymer Program at the Department of Chemistry, the George and Josephine Butler Polymer Research Laboratory, and the Center for Macromolecular Science and Engineering are pleased to announce that Dr. Daniel Savin will be joining our research and teaching efforts here at the University of Florida in January 2015. Currently an Associate Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at the University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Savin comes to us with a range of expertise in the areas of materials chemistry and polymer characterization.
He graduated from Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, CA) in 1995 with a B.S. in Chemistry and received an M.S. in Polymer Science and a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1997 and 2002, respectively, at Carnegie Mellon University under the direction of Prof. Gary Patterson. His early research involved the study of dynamics in glassy materials. He continued this work as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the group of Prof. Timothy Lodge at the University of Minnesota from 2002-2003. In 2003 he joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Vermont as an Assistant Professor and in 2008 he moved to the School of Polymers at Southern Miss. His current research involves the synthesis and characterization of stimuli-responsive peptide block copolymers for use in controlled release applications. He has additional projects studying impact energy-absorbing materials for use in personal protective equipment, and in developing next-generation oil dispersants.
His work has been well-recognized in the scientific community. He has published 32 peer-reviewed articles and has received funding from the NSF, ONR, DOE, Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. While at Southern Miss he led the summer REU program and was highly active in community outreach at the K-5 level. He is a member of the ACS PMSE Executive Committee, the POLYED Executive Committee, and serves as secretary of the Intersociety Polymer Education Council. He is looking forward to continuing this work at UF!