• Each of our three “synthesis” labs has standard synthetic equipment.
  • Our department has several state-of-the-art instrumentation facilities for walk-on use.
  • Graduate students have an opportunity to mentor undergraduate student researchers.
  • Both formal and informal collaboration among students is encouraged.
  • McNeil Group

    Our research program includes organic/organometallic synthesis and catalysis, polymer synthesis and applications, depolymerization/recycling, responsive hydrogel formation, and chemistry education.

  • Each graduate student and post-doc has their own bench and hood.

  • Each of our three “synthesis” labs has standard synthetic equipment.

  • Air- and moisture-free techniques are often required in our work.

  • Our new materials are characterized using a suite of instruments – both in house and on campus.

  • Our department has several state-of-the-art instrumentation facilities for walk-on use.

  • Graduate students have an opportunity to mentor undergraduate student researchers.

  • Undergraduate researchers have the opportunity to guide their own research projects.

  • Both formal and informal collaboration among students is encouraged.

McNeil Group News

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October 2020

Dr. Tan Nguyen joins the lab as a post-doc – welcome Tan!

September 2020

Welcome to our lab’s newest rotators – Vai and Lizzy!

September 2020

Congrats to Justin for his paper recently published on localized cellulose hydrogels!

July 2020

Our paper on a sustainable polymers-themed short course for high school students is now online at J. Chem. Educ!

June 2020

Please join me in welcoming undergrad Mackenzie and post-doc Graeme to the McNeil Group! We look forward to the day you can actually step foot inside the lab 🙂

May 2020

Congrats to Gloria de la Garza for receiving an NSF Predoctoral Fellowship!

May 2020

Congrats to Gloria de la Garza for passing her candidacy exam!

May 2020

Congrats to Jessica Tami for passing her candidacy exam!

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7 days ago
Respond to this tweet with your best and worst characterization data.

It can be NMR, MS, BE, CV, TLC, MS, GC, IR, XRD, anything!

As researchers and human beings, we all flub up and sometimes science just doesn’t work out. It’s all part of the process 😊
2 weeks ago
Happy birthday, Tan! https://t.co/uhYNBf5ZE3
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Tan P. Nguyen 🏳️‍🌈👨‍🔬 @npdtan92
@TheSTEMvillage Howdy! I'm a Vietnamese chemist in @McNeilGroup studying degradable polymers. #LGBTQSTEMDay has been a holiday for me the past few years since it's also my birthday 🎂. It always feels great to have a day to celebrate both my identity and passion. https://t.co/YvxV62nYdz
2 weeks ago
Polymer community: If you use GPC regularly, what instrument (brand/model) do you have?👀 Do you like it? Pros/cons? Anything you wish you knew before ordering? We would especially love to hear from people who use high temperature GPC!
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