Carnegie Mellon University

Mingkang Sun

Mingkang Sun

Graduate Student, Chemistry

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


08.2013 - 06.2017 Nankai University, Tianjin, China
B.Sc. in Chemistry


  1. Sun, M.; Lorandi, F.; Yuan, R.; Dadashi-Silab, S.; Kowalewski, T.; Matyjaszewski, K.*, Assemblies of Polyacrylonitrile-Derived Photoactive Polymers as Blue and Green Light Photo-Cocatalysts for Cu-Catalyzed ATRP in Water and Organic Solvents. Front. Chem., 2021, 9, 734076.
  2. Wei, Q.#; Sun, M.#; Lorandi, F.; Yin, R.; Yan, J.; Liu, T.; Kowalewski, T.; Matyjaszewski, K.*; Cu-Catalyzed Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization in the Presence of Liquid Metal Micro/Nanodroplets. Macromolecules 2021, 54, 1631-1638.
  3. Sun, M.#; Gottlieb, E.#; Yuan, R.; Ghosh, S.; Wang, H.; Selhorst, R.; Huggett, A.; Du, X.; Yin, R.; Waldeck, D. H.; Matyjaszewski, K.*; Kowalewski, T.*; Polyene-Free Photoluminescent Polymers via Hydrothermal Hydrolysis of Polyacrylonitrile in Neutral Water. ACS Macro Lett. 2020, 9, 1403-1408.
  4. Yin, R.#; Chmielarz, P.#*; Zaborniak, I.; Zhao, Y.; Szczepaniak, G.; Wang, Z.; Liu, T.; Wang, Y.; Sun, M.; Wu, H.; Tarnsangpradit, J.; Bockstaller, M. R.; Matyjaszewski, K.*, Miniemulsion SI-ATRP by Interfacial and Ion-Pair Catalysis for Synthesis of Nanoparticle Brushes. Macromolecules, 2022, 55, XXXX-XXXX.
  5. Liu, T.; Wu, X.; Zhu, S.; Lorandi, F.; Ni, L.; Li, S.; Sun, M.; Bloom, B. P.; Waldeck, D. H.; Viswanathan, V*.; Whitacre, J. F.*; Matyjaszewski, K.*, Polymer-Stabilized Liquid Metal Nanoparticles as a Scalable Current Collector Engineering Approach Enabling Lithium Metal Anodes. ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2022, 5, 3615-3625.
  6. Martinez, M. R.; Zhuang, Z.; Treichel M.; Cuthbert, J.; Sun, M.; Pietrasik J.; Matyjaszewski, K.*, Thermally Degradable Poly(n-butyl acrylate) Model Networks Prepared by PhotoATRP and Radical Trap-Assisted Atom Transfer Radical Coupling. Polymers 2022, 14, 713.
  7. Torres, R. M.; Sun, M.; Yuan, R.; Abdelrahman, M.; Guo, Z.; Kowalewski, T.; Matyjaszewski, K.; LeDuc, P. R.; Litster, S.*, Fe-Doped Copolymer-Templated Nitrogen-Rich Carbon as a PGM-Free Fuel Cell Catalyst. ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2021, 4, 9653-9663.
  8. Zhang, Y.; Fu, L.; Li, S.; Yan, J.; Sun, M.; Giraldo, J. P.; Matyjaszewski, K.; Tilton, R. D.*; Lowry, G. V.*, Star Polymer Size, Charge Content, and Hydrophobicity Affect their Leaf Uptake and Translocation in Plants. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2021, 55, 10758-10768.
  9. Dadashi-Silab, S.; Lorandi, F; DiTucci, M.; Sun, M.; Szczepaniak, G.; Liu, T.; Matyjaszewski, K.*, Conjugated Crosslinked Phenothiazines as Green or Red Light Heterogeneous Photocatalysts for Copper-Catalyzed Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 9630-9638.
  10. Fu, L.#; Jafari, H.#; Gießl, M.; Yerneni, S. S.; Sun, M.; Wang, Z.; Liu, T.; Kapil, K.; Cheng, B. C.; Yu, A.; Averick, S. E.; Matyjaszewski, K.*, Grafting polymer brushes by ATRP from functionalized poly(ether ether ketone) microparticles. Polym. Adv. Technol. 2021, 32, 3948-3954.
  11. Li, S.#; Liu, T.#; Yan, J.#; Flum, J.; Wang, H.; Lorandi, F.; Wang, Z.; Fu, L.; Hu, L.; Zhao, Y.; Yuan, R.; Sun, M.; Whitacre, J. F.*; Matyjaszewski, K.*, Grafting polymer from oxygen-vacancy-rich nanoparticles to enable protective layers for stable lithium metal anode. Nano Energy 2020, 76, 105046.
  12. Wei, Q.; Sun, M.; Wang, Z.; Yan, J.; Yuan, R.; Liu, T.; Majidi, C.; Matyjaszewski, K.*, Surface Engineering of Liquid Metal Nanodroplets by Attachable Diblock Copolymers. ACS Nano 2020, 14, 9884-9893.
  13. Yuan, R.#; Wang, H.#; Sun, M.; Whitacre, J.; Matyjaszewski, K.*; Kowalewski, T.*, Copolymer-Derived N/B Co-Doped Nanocarbons with Controlled Porosity and Highly Active Surface. J. Polym. Sci. 2020, 58, 225-232.
  14. Fu, L.; Omi, M.; Sun, M.; Cheng, B. L.; Mao, G.; Liu, T.; Mendonca, G.; Averick, S. E.*; Mishina, Y.*; Matyjaszewski, K.*, Covalent Attachment of P15 Peptide to Ti Alloy Surface Modified with Polymer to Enhance Osseointegration of Implants. ACS Appl. Mater. Inter. 2019, 11, 38531-38536.
  15. Cuthbert, J.; Yerneni, S. S.; Sun, M.; Fu, T.; Matyjaszewski, K.*, Degradable Polymer Stars Based on Tannic Acid Cores by ATRP. Polymers 2019, 11. 752.
  16. Cuthbert, J.; Martinez, M. R.; Sun, M.; Flum, J.; Li, L.; Olszewski, M.; Wang, Z.; Kowalewski, T.*; Matyjaszewski, K.*, Non-Tacky Fluorinated and Elastomeric STEM Networks. Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2019, 40, 1800876.
  17. Yuan, R.#; Wang, H.#; Sun, M.; Damodaran, K.; Gottlieb, E.; Kopeć, M.; Eckhart, K.; Li, S.; Whitacre, J.; Matyjaszewski, K.*; Kowalewski, T.*, Well-Defined N/S Co-Doped Nanocarbons from Sulfurized PAN-b-PBA Block Copolymers: Structure and Supercapacitor Performance. ACS Appl. Nano. Mater. 2019, 2, 2467-2474.

Research Experience

09.2016 - 03.2017 Mingjiang Zhong Group, research internship, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Synthesis of novel bottlebrush polymers

03.2015 - 03.2016 Zhen Xi Group, Nankai University, Tianjin, China
Resistance between commercialized herbicides and their target protein mutants