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Stephanie Poland

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Stephanie Poland’s areas of expertise include inorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, and polymer synthesis and characterization. Her research examines the development of biodegradable plastics, with particular focus on materials that can be used in biomedical applications (such as sutures and drug delivery devices). Dr. Poland also is the advisor for the campus Volleyball Club.

Teaching Interests

  • Inorganic chemistry
  • General chemistry
  • Green chemistry
  • Polymer chemistry

Research Experiences

  • Transition metal catalysis
  • Greener polymerization techniques

Publications & Presentations

  • Poland, S. J., “Plastics Make it Possible: A Look into Polycarbonate Development,” University of Southern Indiana Department of Chemistry and Indiana/Kentucky American Chemical Society Local Section Fall Meeting, 2015
  • Schwandt, W. F. and Poland, S. J., “Ring Opening Polymerization of Six Membered Cyclic Carbonates Using Bimetallic Catalysts,” 250th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston,2015
  • Darensbourg, D. J. and Wilson, S. J., “Synthesis of CO2-Derived Poly (Indene Carbonate) from Indene Oxide Utilizing Bifunctional Cobalt(III) Catalysts,” Macromolecules, 46, 5929-5934, 2013
  • Darensbourg, D. J. and Wilson, S. J., “What’s New with CO2? Recent Advances in its Copolymerization with Oxiranes,” Green Chemistry, 14, 2665-2671, 2012 

Academic Degrees

  • BS, University of Southern Indiana, 2009
  • PhD, Texas A&M University, 2013