Carnegie Mellon University

Julia Cuthbert

Julia Cuthbert

Graduate Student, Chemistry

Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Avenue
Mellon Institute
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


  • PhD in Chemistry (2016-Present)
    Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
    Advisor. Prof. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski
  • B.S. in Chemistry (2014)
    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California


  • Polymer chemistry
  • ATRP
  • Polymer gels and networks
  • Functional materials
  • Degradable materials


  1. “Degradable Polymer Stars Based on Tannic Acid Cores by ATRP,” J. Cuthbert, S.S. Yerneni, M. Sun, K. Matyjaszewski, Polymers, 2019, 11 (5), 752.
  2. “Non-Tacky, Fluorinated, and Elastomeric STEM Networks,” J. Cuthbert, M.R. Martinez, M. Sun, J. Flum, L. Li, M. Olszewski, Z. Wang, T. Kowalewski, K. Matyjaszewski, Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 2019, 1800876.
  3. “Transformation of gels via catalyst-free selective RAFT photoactivation,” S. Shanmugam, J. Cuthbert, J. Flum, M. Fantin, C. Boyer, T. Kowalewski, K. Matyjaszewski, Polymer Chemistry, 2019, 10, 2477.
  4. “Structurally Tailored and Engineered Macromolecular (STEM) Gels as Soft Elastomers and Hard/Soft Interfaces,”J. Cuthbert, T. Zhang, S. Biswas, M. Olszewski, S. Shanmugam, T. Fu, E. Gottlieb, T. Kowalewski, A.C. Balazs, K. Matyjaszewski, Macromolecules, 2018, 51 (22), 9184.
  5. “Catalyst-Free Selective Photoactivation of RAFT Polymerization: A Facile Route for Preparation of Comb-like and Bottlebrush Polymers,” S. Shanmugam, J. Cuthbert, T. Kowalewski, C. Boyer, K. Matyjaszewski, Macromolecules, 2018, 51 (19), 7776.
  6. “Transformable Materials: Structurally Tailored and Engineered Macromolecular (STEM) Gels by Controlled Radical Polymerization,” J. Cuthbert, A. Beziau, E. Gottlieb, L. Fu, R. Yuan, A.C. Balazs, T. Kowalewski, K. Matyjaszewski, Macromolecules, 2018, 51 (10), 3808.
  7. "Single-ion Homopolymer Electrolytes with High Transference Number Prepared by Click Chemistry and Photoinduced Metal-free ATRP,” S. Li, A. Mohamed, V. Pande, H. Wang, J. Cuthbert, X. Pan, H. He, Z. Wang, V. Viswanathan, J. Whitacre, K. Matyjaszewski, ACS Energy Letters, 2017, 3,1,20-27.
  8. “Photoactivated Structurally Tailored and Engineered Macromolecular (STEM) gels as precursors for materials with spatially differentiated mechanical properties,” A. Beziau, A. Fortney, C. Nishiura, H. Wang, J. Cuthbert, E. Gottlieb, A.C. Balazs, T. Kowalewski, K. Matyjaszewski, Polymer, 2017, 126, 224-230.
  9. “Combining ATRP and FRP Gels: Soft Gluing of Polymeric Materials for the Fabrication of Stackable Gels,” A. Beziau, R.N.L. Menezes, S. Biswas, A. Singh, J. Cuthbert, A.C. Balazs, T. Kowalewski, K. Matyjaszewski, Polymers, 2017, 9, 6, 186
  10. “Hydrolysis of Milk Phospholipid and Phospholipid-Protein Monolayer by Pancreatic Phospholipase A2,” S. Gallier, E. Shaw, J. Cuthbert, D. Gragson, H. Singh, R. Jimenez-Flores, Food Research International, 2013, 54 (1), 718.

Undergraduate Research Experience

California Polytechnic State University, (2012-2013)

Advisors: Dr. Derek Gragson and Dr. Rafael Jimenez-Flores

Performed atomic force microscopy (AFM) to study the structure/function relationship of the phospholipid monolayer found in the bovine milk fat globule membrane (MFGM).


“Phototunable Structurally Tailored and Engineered Macromolecular (STEM) Gels.” Poster, 254th ACS National Meeting. Division of Polymer Chemistry, 8th Symposium on Controlled Radical Polymerization, August 22, 2017, Washington, DC.

“Observations of the Structure of Phospholipid Monolayers Found in Milk Fat Globule Membranes Using Atomic Force Microscopy.” Lecture, 13th Annual College of Science and Mathematics Student Research Conference, May 17, 2013, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA.

Professional Affiliations and Research Fellowships

  • Alpha Chi Sigma Professional Co-ed Chemistry Fraternity
  • American Chemical Society
  • Dr. Joseph A. Solomon, Jr. S 1957, 1959 Memorial Fellowship in Chemistry (2016-2017)
  • ACS Pittsburgh Travel Award (2017)