Carnegie Mellon University

Michael  Martinez

Michael Martinez

Graduate Student, Chemistry

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


Ph. D., Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, United States

B.S., Chemistry, June 2017
California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, California


Graduate Research Assistant
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
(7/2017 – Present) Advisor: Dr. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski

Undergraduate Research Assistant
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
(10/2013 – 6/2017) Advisor: Dr. Philip J. Costanzo

Future Leaders in American Materials (FLAM) MRSEC Intern
University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
(6/2016 – 8/2016) Advisor: Dr. Craig J. Hawker

Polymer Science & Engineering REU Intern
University of Akron, Akron, OH
(6/2015 – 8/2015) Advisor: Dr. Abraham Joy


1)     Martinez, M.R.; Dadashi-Silab, S.; Lorandi, F.; Zhao, Y.; Matyjaszewski, K. “Depolymerization of P(PDMS11MA) Bottlebrushes via ATRP with Activator Regeneration”, Macromolecules, 2021, DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.1c00415

2)     Lorandi, F.; Lathwal, S.; Martinez, M.R.; Dadashi-Silab, S.; Szczepaniak, G.; Cuthbert, J. “Reflection on the Matyjaszewski Lab Webinar Series and the Rise of Webinars in Polymer Chemistry”, ACS Macro Letters202110 (1), 54-59

3)     Hsieh, T.; Martinez, M.R.; Garoff, S.; Matyjaszewski, K; Tilton, B.  “Interfacial dilatational rheology as a bridge to connect amphiphilic heterografted bottlebrush copolymer architecture to emulsifying efficiency”, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Volume 581, Part A, 2021, 135-147.

4)     Cong, Y.; Vatankhah-Varnosfaderani, M.; Karimkhani, V,; Kieth, A.N.; Liebfarth, F.; Martinez, M.R.Matyjaszewski, K.; Sheiko, S.S. “Understanding the synthesis of linear-bottlebrush-linear block copolymers: towards plastomers with well-defined mechanical properties”, Macromolecules2020, 53 (19), 8324-8332

5)     Martinez, M.R.; Cong, Y.; Sheiko, S.S.; Matyjaszewski, K. “A Thermodynamic Roadmap for the Polymerization of PDMS11MA” ACS Macro Lett., 2020, 9 (9), 1303–1309.

6)     Martinez, M.R.; Krys, P.; Sheiko, S.S.; Matyjaszewski, K. “Poor Solvents Improve Yield of Grafting-Through Radical Polymerization of OEO19MA” ACS Macro Lett., 2020, 9 (5), 674-679.

7)     Zaborniak, I.; Chmielarz, P.; Martinez, M.R.; Wolski, K.; Wang, Z.; Matyjaszewski, K. “Synthesis of high molecular weight poly(n-butyl acrylate) macromoleculesvia seATRP: From polymer stars to molecular bottlebrushes”, European Polymer Journal2020, 126, 109566.

8)     Martinez, M.R.; Sobieski, J.; Lorandi, F.; Fantin, M.; Dadashi-Silab, S.; Xie, G.; Olszewski, M.; Pan, X.; Ribelli, T.G.; Matyjaszewski, K. “Understanding the Relationship between Catalytic Activity and Termination in photoATRP: Synthesis of Linear and Bottlebrush Polyacrylates”, Macromolecules2020, 53, 59-67.

9)     Chen, Q.; Diaz, Y.J.; Hawker, M.C.; Martinez, M.R.; Page, Z.A.; Zhang, S.X.; Hawker, C.J.; Read de Alaniz, J. “Stable Activated Furan and Donor–Acceptor Stenhouse Adduct Polymer Conjugates as Chemical and Thermal Sensors”, Macromolecules2019, 50, 11, 4370-4375.

10)  Lin, C.; Xie, G.; Liu, S.; Martinez, M.R.; Wang, Z.; Lou, H.; Wu, D.; Fu, R.; Matyjaszewski, K. “Fabrication of porous nanonetwork-structured carbons from well-defined cylindrical molecular bottlebrushes”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2019, 11, 20, 18763-18769.

11)  Cuthbert, J.; Martinez, M.R.;  Sun, M.; Flum, J.; Li, L.; Olszewski, M.; Wang, Z.; Kowalewski, T.; Matyjaszewski, K. “NonTacky Fluorinated and Elastomeric STEM Networks”, Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 2019, 1800876.

12)  Liang, H.*; Morgan, B.*; Xie, G.*; Martinez, M.R.; Zhulina, E.; Matyjaszewski, K.; Sheiko, S.; Dobrynin, A. "Universality of the Englanglement Plateau Modulus of Comb-like and Bottlebrush Polymer Melts" Macromolecules, 2018, 51 (23), 10028-10039.

13)  Xie, G.X.*; Lin,X.*; Martinez, M.R.; Wang, Z.; Lou, H.; Fu, R.; Wu, D.; Matyjaszewski, K. “Fabrication and superior adsorption performance of novel functional porous nanowire networks from well-defined molecular brushes building blocks”, Chemistry of Materials, 2018, 30 (23), 8624-8629.

14)  Xie, G.X.; Martinez, M.R.; Olszewski, M.; Sheiko, S.S.; Matyjaszewski, K. “Molecular Bottlebrushes as Novel Materials” Biomacromolecules, 2018, 20 (1), 8624-8629.

15)  Xie, G.X.; Martinez, M.R.; Daniel, W.F.M.; Keith, A.N.; Ribelli, T.R.; Fantin, M.; Sheiko, S.S.; Matyjaszewski, K. “Benefits of Catalyzed Radical Termination: High-Yield Synthesis of Polyacrylate Molecular Bottlebrushes without Gelation”. Macromolecules, 201851 (16), pp 6218–6225.

16)  Swanson, J.P; Cruz, M.A.; Monteleone, L.R..; Martinez, M.R., Costanzo, P.J.; Joy, A. “The Effect of Pendant Group Structure on the Thermoresponsive Properties of N-Substituted Polyesters” Polym. Chem.2017, 8, 7195-7206.

17)  Swanson, J.P.; Martinez, M.R.; Cruz, M.A.; Mankoci, S.G.; Costanzo, P.J.; Joy, A. “A coacervate-forming biodegradable polyester with elevated LCST based on bis-(2-methoxyethyl)amine”, Polym. Chem., 2016, 7, 4693.


  • 249th ACS National Meeting (Poster Session), Denver, CO, March 2015
  • 12th Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Research Symposium (Poster Session), NASA Glenn Research Center, July 2015
  • 251st ACS National Meeting (Oral Presentation), San Diego, CA, March 2016
  • UCSB Summer Research Colloquium (Poster Session), Santa Barbara, CA, August 2016


  • 2019 NSF GRFP Honorable Mention     
  • 2017 Dr. Konrad M. Weis Fellowship in Chemistry        
  • 2017 Cal Poly Research Award in Organic Chemistry
  • 2016 ACS POLY Industrial Advisory Board First Place Undergraduate Oral Presentation
  • 2016 Golden Gate Sharkfest Swim – 1st Place Overall
  • 2015 CALPACS ACS Undergraduate Travel Award