Sangwoo Park-Matyjaszewski Polymer Group - Carnegie Mellon University

Sangwoo Park

Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Avenue
Mellon Institute
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Office: MI-802
Phone: (412) 268-3208


  • 2011 - present, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
    Ph.D., Chemistry, Advisor: professor Krzysztof Matyjaszewski
  • 2011 Pusan National University, Busan, South Korea
    M.S., Polymer Science & Engineering, Advisor: professor Hyun-jong Paik
  • 2008 Pusan National University, Busan, South Korea
    B.S., Polymer Science & Engineering


  • Controlled/living Radical Polymerization
  • Electrochemically Mediated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization
  • Polymerization Kinetics
  • Functionalization of Carbon Nanotubes
  • Temperature Responsive Polymeric Surfaces for Biomedical Application
  • Development of Ligand Supporting Material
  • Surface Patterning by UV Reactive Polymers


1.      Paweł Chmielarz, Sangwoo Park, Antonina Simakova, and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Aqueous Electrochemically Mediated ATRP of Acrylamides”, Polymer, accepted, in press

2.      Valerie A. Williams, Thomas G. Ribelli, Pawel Chmielarz, Sangwoo Park, and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, “A Silver Bullet: Elemental Silver as a Fast and Efficient Reducing Agent for Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization of Acrylates”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2015, (DOI: 10.1021/ja512519j).

3.      Kim, B.-S.; Lee, T.; Park, S.; Paik, H.-J., “Catalytic Activity of Gold Nanoparticles Immobilized Onto Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Using N, N-Bis (2-pyridylmethyl)-2-Hydroxyethylamine” Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2015, 15, 1533.

4.      Sangwoo Park, Paweł Chmielarz, and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, “Simplified Electrochemically Mediated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization using Sacrificial Counter ElectrodeAngew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, (DOI: 10.1002/anie.201410598).

5.      Kosuke Mukumoto, Saadyah E. Averick, Sangwoo Park, Alper Nese, Anastasia Mpoukouvalas, Yukai Zeng, Kaloian Koynov, Philip R. Leduc, and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, “Control of Cell Adhesion on Surfaces via Phototunable Softness of Supersoft Elastomers using Coumarin Functionalized Molecular Bottlebrushes, Macromolecules 2014, 47, 7852.

6.      Seiji Okada, Sangwoo Park, and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, “Initiators for Continuous Activator Regeneration Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization of Methyl Methacrylate and Styrene with N-Heterocyclic Carbene as Ligands for Fe-Based Catalysts”, ACS Macro Letters 2014, 3, 944.

7.      Simakova, Antonina; Mackenzie, Matthew; Averick, Saadyah E.; Park, Sangwoo; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof, "Bioinspired Iron-Based Catalyst for Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 12148.

8.      Andrea M. Elsen; Joanna Burdynska; Sangwoo Park; and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, “Activators Regenerated by Electron Transfer Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization in Miniemulsion with 50 ppm of Copper Catalyst”, ACS Macro Letters 2013, 2, 822.

9.      Park, Sangwoo; Cho, Hong Yul; Wegner, Katarzyna Barbara; Burdynska, Joanna; Magenau, Andrew J. D.; Paik, Hyun-jong; Jurga, Stefan; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof,  "Star Synthesis Using Macroinitiators via Electrochemically Mediated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization", Macromolecules 2013, 46, 5856.

10.  Peng, Chi-How; Zhong, Mingjiang; Wang, Yu; Kwak, Yungwan; Zhang, Yaozhong; Zhu, Weipu; Tonge, Matthew; Buback, Johannes; Park, Sangwoo; Krys, Pawel; Konkolewicz, Dominik; Gennaro, Armando; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof,  "Reversible-Deactivation Radical Polymerization in the Presence of Metallic Copper. Activation of Alkyl Halides by Cu0", Macromolecules 2013, 46, 3803.

11.  Magenau, Andrew J. D.; Bortolamei, Nicola; Frick, Elena; Park, Sangwoo; Gennaro, Armando; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof,  "Investigation of Electrochemically Mediated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization", Macromolecules 2013, 46, 4346.

12.  Park, Sangwoo; Zhong, Mingjiang; Lee, Taeheon; Paik, Hyun-jong; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof,  "Modification of the Surfaces of Silicon Wafers with Temperature-Responsive Cross-Linkable Poly[oligo(ethylene oxide) methacrylate]-Based Star Polymers", ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2012, 4, 5949.

13.  Elsen, Andrea M.; Burdyńska, Joanna; Park, Sangwoo; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof, "Active Ligand for Low PPM Miniemulsion Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization", Macromolecules 2012, 45, 7356.

14.  Saadyah Averick, Antonina Simakova, Sangwoo Park, Dominik Konkolewicz, Andrew J. D. Magenau, Ryan A. Mehl, and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, “ATRP under Biologically Relevant Conditions: Grafting from a Protein”, ACS Macro Letters 2012, 1(1), 6

15. Sangwoo Park, Rooda Lee, Sookyeong Lee, Hyun-jong Paik,and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Modification of Si Wafer Surfaces with Crosslinkable POEOMA Based Star Polymers”, Polymer Preprints 2011, 52(2), 689

16. Park, S.; Cho, H. Y.; Yoon, J. A.; Kwak, Y.; Srinivasan, A.; Hollinger, J. O.; Paik, H.-j.; Matyjaszewski, K. Photo-Cross-Linkable Thermoresponsive Star Polymers Designed for Control of Cell-Surface Interactions” Biomacromolecules” 2010, 11, 2647.


Method for Dispersing Carbon Nanotubes using Gradient Polymer and the Carbon Nanotubes solution. Jong Hun Han; Kwonwoo Shin; Hyun-jong Paik; Sangwoo Park; Keon Woo Kim; Bong-soo Kim; Somi Jung. KR Pat. 10-2009-0053954


  1. Poster Presentation, “FeX3(NHC) catalyzed ICAR ATRP of MMA and St.” 248th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, San Francisco, CA. Aug., 2014.
  2. Poster Presentation, “Synthesis of PEG-based star-like and bottlebrush polymers via a “grafting-through” method by ATRP” 248th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, San Francisco, CA. Aug., 2014.
  3. Poster Presentation, “Electrochemically mediated atom transfer radical polymerization” 248th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, San Francisco, CA. Aug., 2014.
  4. Poster Presentation, “Soft conductive materials based on Polyaniline doped by star block copolymers prepared by ARGET ATRP” 248th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, San Francisco, CA. Aug., 2014.
  5. Poster Presentation, “MODIFICATION OF SI WAFER SURFACES WITH CROSSLINKABLE POEOMA BASED STAR POLYMERS” ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Denver, Colorado. Aug., 2011.
  6. Poster Presentation, “Photocrosslinkable Thermoresponsive Star Polymers Designed for Control of Cell-Surface Interactions.” JSPS/NRF 3rd Joint Seminar for nanomaterials, Busan, Korea. Jun., 2010.
  7. Poster Presentation, “Growth of Gold Nanoparticles on the Surface of the Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes functionalized N,N’-Bis(2-pyridylmethyl) 2-hydroxyethylamine ligand.”  KCS. 102nd National meeting, Jeju, Korea. Oct., 2008.
  8. Poster Presentation, “GROWTH OF GOLD NANOPARTICLES ON THE SURFACE OF THE SINGLE-WALLED CARBON NANOTUBES FUNCTIONALIZED WITH N,N’-BIS(2-PYRIDYLMETHYL) 2-HYDROXYETHYLAMINE LIGAND.” 7th International Conference on Advanced Functional Polymers and Self-Organized Materials 2008 (IC-PSM 2008), Busan, Korea. Sep., 2008.
  9. Poster Presentation, “Sidewall functionalization of carbon nanotubes using benzoyl peroxides”, Korea-Japan Joint Workshop on Nanostructured Hybrid Materials(NANOHYBRID 2007), Busan, Korea. May, 2007.

Teaching Experience

Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012 (course assistance)
Fall 2012, Spring 2014 (lab assistance)

Experimental Skills

Synthesis and characterization of polymeric and organic compounds
Experimental polymerization kinetic analysis 
  • Molecular characterization: FT-IR, UV/Vis, NMR
  • Polymer characterization: TGA, DSC, DLS
  • Chromatographic characterization: GPC, HPLC, GC
  • Microscopic characterization: TEM, SEM/EDX, AFM
  • Electrochemistry: Catalysts Characterization (Mt/Ligands)