Matthew J. Kade

Graduate Student
Matthew J. Kade

Matthew started his career in chemistry at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he double-majored in chemistry and economics. He spent two years researching branched polyolefins made by ROMP in Professor Todd Emrick's group in the Polymer Science and Engineering Department. In 2005, he joined Professor Craig Hawker's research group as Ph.D. candidate. He has worked in the areas of polymer and dendrimer chemistry.


Matt is currently focusing on end-functionalized polymers, especially with strongly hydrogen-bonding recognition units. He has used a combination of small molecule chemistry, ATRP and 'Click' chemistry to make end-functional and telechelic polymers, which are being studied jointly with Katie Schaefer from Professor Ed Kramer's group.