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Marek W. Urban

Marek Urban

J.E. Sirrine Foundation Endowed Chair and Professor

Phone: (864) 656-1155; (864) 656-0549
Office: 208 AMRL Building; 299A Sirrine Hall


Marek W. Urban is the Sirrine Foundation Endowed Chair and Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Prior to joining Clemson University, Marek directed the Industry/University Cooperative Research (I/U CRC) and Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC) funded by the National Science Foundation as well as served as department chair at North Dakota State University and University of Southern Mississippi. He published over 300 research papers, is the author of three books, several patents, and editor of seven American Chemical Society, Oxford Academic Press, and Wiley books. He is the recipient of numerous awards and his research on self-healing and antimicrobial polymers have been featured by numerous media, including NY Times, BBC, NBC, USA Today, Yahoo, NSF, and many others. Current efforts of the Urban Research Group focus on design, synthesis, and understanding of molecular processes that govern formation and behavior of multi-scale length heterogeneous self-healing and stimuli-responsive polymer networks, synthesis of colloidal nanomaterials, spectroscopy and imaging of polymers, and polymer surface modifications that lead antimicrobial, antifouling and anticoagulant properties. 


Ph.D., Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI. (1984)
M.S., Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. (1981)
BS/MS, AGH Univ. of Science & Tech, Cracow, Poland. (1979)

Research Areas

Polymer design
Colloidal synthesis
Self-healing polymers
Surface and interfacial reactions
Stimuli-responsive materials
Vibrational spectroscopy and molecular imaging

Recent Awards

2013 ACS Press Release, “Using 'bacteria-eaters' to prevent infections on medical implant materials.”
2012 Award for Innovation and Excellence, Five Top Innovations of the Year Award; Institute of Chem. Eng., Manchester, United Kingdom.
2012 ACS Press Release, San Diego National Meeting.
2010 Research Recognition, National Science Foundation Press Release, Highlighted by NSF.

Selected Publications

C. Lu and M.W. Urban, "Rationally Designed Gibbous Stimuli-Responsive Colloidal Nanoparticles," ACS Nano, 2015, DOI: 10.1021/nn507489p.

Y. Yang, and M.W. Urban,   "Self-Repairable Polyurethane Networks by Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Water," Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53(45), 12142-12147.

Z. Wang, Y. Yang,  R. Burtovyy, I. Luzinov and M.W. Urban,   "UV-Induced Self-Repairing Polydimethylsiloxane-Polyurethane (PDMS-PUR) and Polyethylene Glycol-Polyurethane (PEG-PUR) Cu-Catalyzed Networks," J. Mat. Chem., A, 2014, 2, 15527-15534.

C. Lu  and M.W. Urban, “Tri-phasic size- and Janus balance-tunable colloidal nanoparticle (JNP),” ACS Macro Letters, 2014, 3, 346-352.

M.W. Urban, “Self-healing polymers,” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 53(15), 3775.

M. W. Urban, “Dynamic materials: The chemistry of self-healing,” Nature Chemistry, 2012, 4, 80-82.

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