Nic Treat graduated with honors from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2011. While at USM, he worked under Prof. Charles McCormick from 2007-2011 and investigated a variety of topics involving aqueous RAFT polymerization. For his senior research thesis, he developed the controlled aqueous RAFT synthesis of a guanidinium containing polymer that exhibited cell penetrating peptide mimicry. While an undergraduate, Nic also participated in an NSF funded REU in the Hawker lab. He traveled all over the world, spending 4 months in India, 2 months in China, and 2 months in South Sudan. He entered Craig Hawkers lab with an NSF graduate research fellowship in the fall of 2011. Since moving to Santa Barbara, Nic has fallen in love with various outdoor activities, such as rock climbing, hiking, and camping.
Nic is currently exploring novel post-polymerization functionalization methods for the incorporation of hydroxamic acids into polymer backbones.