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Matthew R. Golder

Matthew Golder Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D. University of Oregon, 2015

(Organic, Polymer, Organometallic, and Materials Chemistry)

(206) 616-8195


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Research Interests

Research in the Golder group will address the increased interplay between physical organic chemistry and material science that will undoubtedly give rise to the next generation of advanced macromolecules for applications in biomedicine and engineering. Rooted in structure and mechanism, work in the Golder research group will address challenges in macromolecular synthesis across a variety of scales. 


Some representative goals of the Golder research group include the development of novel methods to access cyclic polymers, the development of new approaches towards reconfigurable polymer networks, and the construction of force-responsive soft materials. Students in the Golder group will be trained across organic synthesis and polymer chemistry, with ample opportunity for cross-disciplinary collaboration involving bioengineering, chemical engineering, and materials science.


Representative Publications


Golder, M. R.; Nguyen, H. V.-T.; Oldenhuis, N. J.; Grundler, J.; Park, E. J.; Johnson, J. A. Brush-First and ROMP-Out with Functional (Macro)monomers: Method Development, Structural Investigations, and Applications of an Expanded Brush-Arm Star Polymer Platform. Macromolecules 2018, 51, 9861.


Golder, M. R.; Liu, J.; Andersen, J. N.; Shipitsin, M.; Vohidov, F.; Nguyen, H. V.-T.; Ehrlich, D. C.; Huh, S. J.; Vangamudi, B.; Economides, K. D.; Neenan, A.; Ackley, J.; Baddour, J.; Saucier-Sawyer, J. K.; Kopesky, P. W.; Chickering, D.; Blume-Jensen, P.; Johnson, J. A. Reduction of Liver Fibrosis by Rationally Designed Telmisartan. Nat. Biomed. Eng. 2018, 2, 822. (equal contribution).


Golder, M. R.; Jiang, Y.; Teichen, P; Nguyen, H. V.-T.; Wang, W.; Milos, N.; Freedman, S. A.; Willard, A. P.; Johnson, J. A. Stereochemical Sequence Dictates Unimolecular Diblock Copolymer Assembly. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 1596.


Golder, M. R.*; Zakharov, L. N.; Jasti, R. Stereochemical Implications toward the Total Synthesis of Aromatic Belts. Pure. Appl. Chem. 2017, 89, 1603.


Golder, M. R.; Colwell, C. E.; Wong, B. M.; Zakharov, L. N.; Zhen, J.; Jasti, R. Iterative Reductive Aromatization/Ring-Closing Metathesis Strategy toward the Synthesis of Strained Aromatic Belts. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 6577. 


Xia, J.; Golder, M. R.; Foster, M, E.; Wong, B, M.; Jasti, R. Synthesis, Characterization, and Computational Studies of  Cycloparaphenylene Dimers. J. Am. Chem Soc. 2012, 134, 19709.


Sisto, T. J.; Golder, M. R.; Hirst, E. S.; Jasti, R. Selective Synthesis of Strained [7]Cycloparaphenylene: An Orange-Emitting  Fluorophore. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 15800.


Awards & Activities

  • ACS PMSE Future Faculty Scholar (2018)
  • NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship (2017-19)
  • IUPAC-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists (2016)
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals Graduate Fellowship (2013-14)
  • DAAD RISE Scholar (2009)

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