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Jason Locklin


  • PhD (2004) University of Houston
  • M.S.(2002) University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • B.S.(1999) Millsaps College, Jackson Mississippi

In the Lab

Our research focuses on growing functional polymers from surfaces using different surface initiated polymerization techniques.

Much of our research is focused around growing functional polymers from surfaces in a “grafting from” method using different surface initiated polymerization techniques. Surface-bound initiators are tethered to a substrate (such as glass, metal, or plastic) and the polymer is grown directly from the initiator, resulting in the covalent attachment of polymer chains to the surface. In a densely packed environment, the polymer chains adopt an upright conformation, forming what are called polymer brushes. Irreversibly immobilized polymer chains have excellent long-term stability, even adverse environments, which make them attractive for a wide variety of applications. Currently, we are using ring-opening polymerization (ROP), Kumada catalyst-transfer polycondensation (KCTP), Stille catalyst-transfer polycondensation (SCTP), atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and conventional free radical polymerization to develop functional coatings for the following applications: stimuli responsive surfaces, photo-induced mechanical motion, sensors for biological arrays, antimicrobial coatings and enzymatic biofuel cells. Visit research in the Locklin Lab

Research Interest

  • ​Biodegradable Polymers
  • ​Biodegradable Implants
  • ​Surface Initiated Polymerization
  • Postpolymerization Functionalization
  • Conjugated Polymer Brushes
  • Antimicrobial Polymers
  • Stimuli-Responsive Hydrogels
  • Block Copolymers
  • Surface-Initiated Ring Open Polymerization
  • Mechanoresponsive Polymers
  • Surface Plasmon Resonance Spectroscopy


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