Bryan Boudouris

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


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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. Hongguang Shen
  • Dr. Wenchao Zhao
  • Dr. Xikang Zhao
  • Xingping He
  • Ning Xie

Graduate Students

  • Siddhartha Akkiraju
  • Noelia Almodovar Arbelo (co-advised with Professor David Corti)
  • Teng Chi (Chemistry)
  • Jaeyub Chung (co-advised with Professor Elias Franses)
  • Carsten Flores-Hansen (Chemistry)
  • John Hodul (Chemistry)
  • Sheng-Ning Hsu (co-advised with Professor Letian Dou)
  • Ho Joong (Roy) Kim
  • Kangying (Connie) Liu (Chemistry)
  • Oluwafemi Ogunlalu (Chemistry)
  • Kuluni Perera (Chemistry, co-advised with Professor Jianguo Mei)
  • Ying Tan (co-advised with Professor Brett Savoie)
  • Daniel Wilcox
  • Aaron Woeppel (co-advised with Professor Stephen Beaudoin)

Undergraduate Researchers

  • Marley Jonah
  • Wilson Lee
  • Anthony Maquet
  • Leyla Akmanligil
  • Arsh Bhatia
  • Janessa Schaefer
  • John Vergados
  • Katie Wysocki
  • Kelly Brayton

Awards and Honors

Named as a Future Chemical Engineering Faculty Leader for the CACHE 50th Meeting, 2019
Featured in the "Emerging Investigators" Issue of Soft Matter, 2019
College of Engineering Early Career Research Award, 2018
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 (PPG) Lectureship, 2015
NAE Frontiers of Engineering Invited Participant, 2013
DARPA Young Faculty Award, 2012
AFOSR Young Investigator Program Awardee, 2012

Selected Publications

"Tuning the Interfacial and Energetic Interactions between a Photoexcited Conjugated Polymer and Open-Shell Small Molecules," Wilcox, D. A.; Snaider, J.; Mukherjee, S.; Yuan, L.; Huang, L.; Savoie, B. M.; Boudouris, B. W. Soft Matter 2019, 15, 1413-1422.

"Radical Polymers Alter the Carrier Properties of Semiconducting Carbon Nanotubes," Joo, Y.; Mukherjee, S.; Boudouris, B. W. ACS Appl. Polym. Mater. 2019, 1, 204-210.

"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.

"Highly Transparent Crosslinkable Radical Copolymer Thin Film as the Ion Storage Layer in Organic Electrochromic Devices," He, J.; Mukherjee, S.; Zhu, X.; You, L.; Boudouris, B. W.; Mei, J. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2018, 10, 18956-18963.

"Enhancing the Thermoelectric Performance of an Open-Shell Donor-Acceptor Conjugated Polymer Doped with a Radical-Containing Small Molecule," Joo, Y.; Huang, L.; Eedugurala, N.; London, A. E.; Kumar, A.; Wong, B. M.; Boudouris, B. W.; Azoulay, J. D. Macromolecules 2018, 51, 3886-3894.

"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.

"Fit-for-Purpose Block Polymer Membranes Molecularly-Engineered for Water Treatment," Zhang, Y.; Arbelo, N. A.; Weidman, J. L.; Corti, D. S.; Boudouris, B. W.; Phillip, W. A. npj Clean Water 2018, 1, 2.

"Stable Radical Materials for Energy Applications," Wilcox, D. A.; Agarkar, V.; Mukherjee, S.; Boudouris, B. W. Ann. Rev. Chem. Bio. Eng. 2018, 9, 083945.

"Block Polymer Membranes Functionalized with Nanoconfined Polyelectrolyte Brushes Achieve sub-Nanometer Selectivity," Zhang, Y.; Mulvenna, R. A.; Qu, S.; Boudouris, B. W.; Phillip, W. A. ACS Macro Lett. 2017, 6, 726-732.

"Nanoporous Block Polymer Thin Films Functionalized with Bio-Inspired Ligands for the Efficient Capture of Heavy Metal Ions from Water," Weidman, J. L.; Mulvenna, R. A.; Boudouris, B. W.; Phillip, W. A. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2017, 9, 19152-19160.