Carnegie Mellon University

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


Ph.D. candidate, expected graduation 2010

Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

B. S. (summa cum laude), 2005

Department of Chemistry, College of Staten Island, City University of New York

Staten Island, NY, USA


  • Polymer-based delivery systems for nanoparticles used in groundwater remediation
  • Novel polymeric surfactants, star and gradient copolymers
  • Polymer characterization by light scattering
  • Environmentally-friendly chemistry


Peer-reviewed papers
  1. Golas, P. L. and Matyjaszewski, K. “Marrying Click Chemistry with Polymerization:  Expanding the Scope of Polymeric Materials”, Chem. Soc. Rev.2009accepted.
  2. Sirk, K. M.; Saleh, N. B.; Phenrat, T.; Kim, H-J.; Dufour, B.; Ok, J; Golas, P. L.; Matyjaszewski, K.; Lowry, G. V.; Tilton, R. D. “Effect of Adsorbed Polyelectrolytes on Nanoscale Zero Valent Iron Particle Attachment to Soil Surface Models”, Environ. Sci. Technol., 200943, 3803.
  3. Golas, P. L.; Tsarevsky, N. V.; Matyjaszewski, K. “Structure-Reactivity Correlation in “Click” Chemistry:  Substituent Effect on Azide Reactivity”,Macromol. Rapid Commun.200829, 1167. (Highlighted as “Noteworthy Chemistry” by the American Chemical Society)
  4. Golas, P. L. and Matyjaszewski, K. “Click Chemistry and ATRP:  A Beneficial Union for the Preparation of Functional Materials”, QSAR Comb. Sci.200726, 1116.
  5. Golas, P. L.; Tsarevsky, N. V.; Sumerlin, B. S.; Walker, L. M.; Matyjaszewski, K. “Multisegmented Block Copolymers by “Click” Coupling of Polymers Prepared by ATRP”, Aust. J. Chem.200760, 400.
  6. Golas, P. L.; Tsarevsky, N. V.; Sumerlin, B. S.; Matyjaszewski, K. “Catalyst Performance in “Click” Coupling Reactions of Polymers Prepared by ATRP: Ligand and Metal Effects”, Macromolecules200639, 6451.
  7. Gao, H.; Louche, G.; Sumerlin, B. S.; Jahed, N.; Golas, P.; Matyjaszewski, K. “Gradient Polymer Elution Chromatographic Analysis of Dihydroxypolystyrene Synthesized by ATRP and Click Chemistry”, Macromolecules200538, 8979.
  8. Zhou, S.; Ouyang, J.; Golas, P.; Wang, F.; Pan, Y. “Structural Study of the Self-Assembled Fullerene Carboxylates: Monoadducts versus Bisadducts”, J. Phys. Chem. B.2005109, 19741.
  9. Zhou, S.; Xu, C.; Wang, J.; Golas, P.; Batteas, J.; Kreeger, L. “Phase Behavior of Cationic Hydroxyethyl Cellulose-Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate Mixtures: Effects of Molecular Weight and Ethylene Oxide Side Chain Length of Polymers”, Langmuir200420, 8482.
Book Chapters
  1. Sumerlin, B. S.; Tsarevsky, N. V.; Gao, H.; Golas, P.; Louche, G.; Lee, R. Y.; Matyjaszewski, K. “Click Functionalization of Well-Defined Copolymers Prepared by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization”, ACS Symp. Ser.2006944, 140.
  2. Golas, P. L.; Mueller, L. A.; Matyjaszewski, K. “Fundamentals of Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization”, Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Technology, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.2007


    • 236th ACS National Meeting, August 17 – 21, 2008, Philadelphia, PA
    • 235th ACS National Meeting, April 6 – 10, 2008, New Orleans, LA
    • 18th Annual International Light Scattering Colloquium, October 15 – 16, 2007, Santa Barbara, CA
    • Winner of 2007 Wyatt Technology Application Note Contest
    • 234th ACS National Meeting, August 19 – 23, 2007, Boston, MA
    • 232nd ACS National Meeting, September 10 – 14, 2006, San Francisco, CA
    • 230th ACS National Meeting, August 28 – September 1, 2005, Washington D. C.


    • Group lab manager, 2006 – present
    • Supervised three undergraduate students, 2006 – 2007, 2009 – present
    • Graduate teaching assistant, 2005 – 2006 


    • American Chemical Society