Bryan Boudouris

Associate Vice President for Research, Strategic Interdisciplinary Research
Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering
Professor of Chemistry, by Courtesy

FRNY 1051
Purdue University
Davidson School of Chemical Engineering
Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering
480 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2100
(765) 496-6056 (office)
(765) 494-0805 (fax)
Joined Purdue in 2011
B. S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004
Ph. D., University of Minnesota, 2009
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, 2009 - 2011

Research Interests

POWER Lab Research Group

Functional macromolecules have attracted increasing attention as applications for these materials have begun to emerge in fields ranging from bioengineering to advanced energy systems. In particular, optoelectronically-active, thermoelectrically-active, and bioelectronically-active polymers have emerged as their own class of materials in recent years due to their promise of offering inexpensive, flexible, and lightweight alternatives to applications previously dominated by inorganic materials. Furthermore, chemically-selective homopolymers and block polymers can be utilized in detection and purification applications as well. Importantly, these types of functional polymers have optical, electronic, and chemical properties that may be tuned by using well-designed chemical synthesis to control precisely the chemical constituents, the distribution of functionality along the polymer backbone, the molecular weight, and the molecular weight distributions of the macromolecules.

In our laboratory, we determine how the control of macromolecular design affects the all-important nanoscale structure of these materials. In turn, this provides a handle by which to improve the performance of a variety of thin film applications. Currently, we are examining five specific research thrusts that will utilize the advantages of functional homopolymers and block polymers for the fabrication of next generation organic electronic and advanced separations devices for enhanced energy, water, and health applications.

  1. The design and utilization of functional radical polymers for transparent, conducting polymer thin films.
  2. The design of novel polymers and polymer composites for thermoelectric and magnetic devices.
  3. The creation of macromolecules for flexible and stretchable organic bioelectronic systems.
  4. The synthesis and microstructural characterization of functional triblock polymers for enhanced water purification applications.
  5. The fabrication of microstructured and nanostructured conducting polymers and composite materials for next-generation sensing platforms.
Because we have the ability to change material properties by altering the molecular architecture, an iterative approach to system engineering is used. This allows for the direct correlation of structure-property relationships in five polymer-based projects which, in turn, will drive molecular design for the development of devices with high performance.

Research Group

Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Associates

  • Dr. Suman Debnath
  • Dr. Carsten Flores-Hansen
  • Dr. Baiju Krishnan
  • Dr. Mary Zick

Graduate Students

  • Araoluwa (Ara) Adaramola (co-advised with Professor Allison Godwin)
  • Denniell Hurboda (Chemistry)
  • Kangying (Connie) Liu (Chemistry)
  • Hamas Tahir (co-advised with Professor Brett Savoie)
  • Dharini Varadharajan (co-advised with Professor Letian Dou)
  • Aaron Woeppel (co-advised with Professor Stephen Beaudoin)
  • Yun-Fang Yang
  • Hyunki Yeo

Awards and Honors

Dean A. A. Potter Faculty Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching, 2023
Purdue University Faculty Scholar, 2022
Dudley A. Saville Lectureship at Princeton University, 2022
APS John H. Dillon Medal, 2021
AIChE Owens Corning Early Career Award, 2020
Named as a Future Chemical Engineering Faculty Leader for the CACHE 50th Meeting, 2019
Purdue College of Engineering Early Career Research Award, 2018
Purdue College of Engineering Exceptional Early Career Teaching Award, 2016
NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award, 2016
Purdue Innovators Hall of Fame, 2015
NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education Invited Participant, 2015
APS Division of Polymer Physics-UK Polymer Physics Group Lectureship, 2015
NAE Frontiers of Engineering Invited Participant, 2013
DARPA Young Faculty Award, 2012
AFOSR Young Investigator Research Program Award, 2012

Selected Publications

"Smart Soft Contact Lenses for Continuous 24-hour Monitoring of Intraocular Pressure in Glaucoma Care," Zhang, J.; Kim, K;, Kim, H. J.; Schneider, D. M.; Park, W.; Lee, S. A.; Dai, Y.; Kim, B.; Moon, H.; Shah, J. V.; Harris, K. E.; Collar, B.; Liu, K.; Irazoqui, P.; Lee, H.; Park, S. A.; Kollbaum, P. S.; Boudouris, B. W.; Lee, C. H. Nat. Commun. 2022, 13, 5518.

"Electronic and Spintronic Open-Shell Macromolecules, Quo Vadis?," Tan, Y.; Hsu, S.-N.; Tahir, H.; Dou, L.; Savoie, B. M.; Boudouris, B. W. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2022, 144, 626-647.

"High Affinity Heavy Metal Removal using Structured Sorbents 3D-printed from Carbon Nanotube-Enriched Polymer Solutions," Xu, J.; Slykas, C.; Braegelman, A. S.; Alvarez, K. G.; Kasl, T.; Boudouris, B. W.; Webber, M. J.; Sharma, V.; Phillip, W. A. Matter 2022, 5, 3432-3451.

"Rapid, Continuous Projection Multi-photon 3D Printing Enabled by Spatiotemporal Focusing of Femtosecond Pulses," Somers, P.; Liang, Z.; Johnson, J. E.; Boudouris, B. W.; Pan, L.; Xu, X. Light Sci. Appl. 2021, 10, 199.

"Molecular Design Features for Charge Transport in Non-Conjugated Radical Polymers," Tan, Y.; Casetti, N. C.; Boudouris, B. W.; Savoie, B. M. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 11994-12002.

"All-printed Stretchable Corneal Sensor on Soft Contact Lenses for Noninvasive and Painless Ocular Electrodiagnosis," Kim, K.; Kim, H. J.; Zhang, H.; Park, W.; Meyer, D.; Kim, M. K.; Kim, B.; Park, H.; Bradley, A.; Xu, B.; Kollbaum, P.; Boudouris, B. W.; Lee, C. H. Nat. Commun. 2021, 12, 1544.

"100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Recent Advances and Opportunities for Mixed Ion and Charge Conducting Polymers," Chung, J.; Khot, A.; Savoie, B. M.; Boudouris, B. W. ACS Macro Lett. 2020, 9, 646-655.

"Molecularly Engineered Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Perovskites Quantum Wells," Gao, Y.; Shi, E.; Snaider, J. M.; Shiring, S. B.; Liang, C.; Liebman-Pelaez, A.; Yoo, P.; Deng, S.; Zeller, M.; Boudouris, B. W.; Liao, P.; Zhu, C.; Yu, Y.; Savoie, B. M.; Huang, L.; Dou, L. Nat. Chem. 2019, 11, 1151-1157.

"High-Affinity Detection and Capture of Heavy Metal Contaminants using Block Polymer Composite Membranes," Zhang, Y.; Vallin, J. R.; Sahoo, J. K.; Gao, F.; Boudouris, B. W.; Webber, M. J.; Phillip, W. A. ACS Central Science 2018, 4, 1697-1707.

"A Nonconjugated Radical Polymer Glass with High Electrical Conductivity," Joo, Y.; Agarkar, V.; Sung, S. H.; Savoie, B. M.; Boudouris, B. W. Science 2018, 359, 1391-1395.