Prof. Devon A. Shipp is currently full Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science, and Director of the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP). He completed a B.Sc. (Hons) in chemistry (1993), and then Ph.D. (1998) at the University of Melbourne (Australia). He then accepted the Bayer Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) with Prof. Kris Matyjaszewski. In 1999 he began his independent research career at Clarkson University. His research group focuses on new polymer chemistries, particularly radical polymerizations, nanocomposites, and degradable polymers for bio-related applications. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Slovenia in 2015, hosted by the Slovenian National Institute of Chemistry and the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology at the University of Ljubljana.

Education Background

Chemistry Ph.D. - 1998 The University of Melbourne
Chemistry B.S. - 1993 The University of Melbourne

Courses Taught

  • CM241 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CM345 - Advanced Laboratory
  • CM242 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CM441/CM541 - Physical Organic Chemistry
  • CM244 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CM445/CM545 - Stereochemistry of Organic Compounds
  • CM450/CM550 - Introduction to Polymer Chemistry
  • CM473/CM573 - Advanced NMR Techniques
  • CM483/CM583 - Introduction to Polymer Science

Research Interests

  • Synthesis of polymers via radical and ionic polymerization
  • Polymerization kinetics, controlled and living polymerizations
  • Biomaterials; hydrogels; novel soft contact lens materials
  • Synthesis and study of polymer–layered silicate nanocomposites
  • Synthesis of block copolymers, polymer brushes, polymers attached to surfaces and particles
  • Biodegradable network polymers for bone repair and drug delivery
  • Synthesis and study of photon harvesting polymers, energy transfer in macromolecular systems
  • Novel polymer-inorganic composites for photovoltaic applications (solar cells)
  • Nano- and micro-particle surface modification, layer-by-layer approach to surface modification

Currently, my research group develops new polymer chemistries and materials that have potential in many applications, including various nanotechnologies and biomedical materials, and in areas that require polymers with high degrees of chemical and physical specificity. With wide-ranging capabilities in polymer chemistry, we have led the development of various novel materials, including synthetic (co-) polymers, nanoparticles, gels and nanocomposites.

In particular, there are three areas on which we are presently focused. The first is novel methods of synthesizing degradable polymer networks. We discovered that thiol-ene polymerizations are suitable for the synthesis of polyanhydrides, which can be made into promising surface-eroding materials and into polymer nanoparticles. These polymers have significant potential as drug delivery vehicles, within reconfigurable shape memory elastomer composites (SMECs), and self-healing polymers (SHPs). Second, we are also developing new methods for polymer particle synthesis based on water-borne thiol-ene/thiol-yne polymerization. These polymerizations leverage multiple “click” chemistry attributes so that colloidal particles can be made quickly and efficiently, with stoichiometric-controlled chemical functionality, uniform cross linking, and using an environmentally-benign reaction medium (water). This provides a significant opportunity to construct a new and transformational paradigm in polymer colloids, one that will result in sustainable, environmentally friendly, and high impact technologies. Lastly, we use our significant expertise in new radical polymerization methods, such as atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization, to create polymers that exhibit novel and potentially highly useful thermal and mechanical properties. These have potential applications as shape memory polymers, adaptive nanocomposites, and surface-active agents (“surfactants”) that may be used in a variety of biomedical applications, such as drug delivery vehicles or contact lens care.


  • Fulbright Scholar,Ljubljana University & National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia (January - July 2015)
  • Clarkson University Student Association Outstanding Teacher Award 2000-2001



  • Force-Induced Near-Infrared Chromism of Mechanophore-Linked Polymers 
    Q. Qi, G. Sekhon, R. Chandradat, N. M. Ofodum, T. Shen, J. Scrimgeour, M. Joy, M. Wriedt, M. Jayathirtha, C. C. Darie, D. A. Shipp, X. Liu, X. Lu
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, in press.
  • Glycolipid-Containing Nanoparticle Vaccine Engages Invariant NKT Cells to Enhance Humoral Protection against Systemic Bacterial Infection but Abrogates T-Independent Vaccine Responses
    T. Shute, E. Amiel, N. Alam, J. L Yates, K. Mohrs, E. Dudley, B. Salas, C. Mesa, A. Serrata, D. Angel, B. K Vincent, A. Weyers, P. A Lanthier, E. Vomhof-Dekrey, R. Fromme, M. Laughlin, O. Durham, J. Miao, D. Shipp, R. J. Linhardt, K. Nash, E. A. Leadbetter
    J. Immunol., 2021, 206, 1806-1816.
  • Dynamic Covalent Exchange in Poly(thioether anhydrides)
    K. R. Tillman, R. Meacham, A. N. Rolsma, M. Barankovich, A. M. Witkowski, P. T. Mather, T. Graf, D. A. Shipp
    Polym. Chem., 2020, 11, 7551-7561.
  • Polymer Colloids from Step-Growth Thiol-X Polymerizations
    O. Z. Durham, D. A. Shipp
    Polym. Rev., 2021, 61, 54-79.
  • Drug Delivery and Drug Efficacy from Amorphous Poly(thioether anhydrides)
    B. L. Snyder, H. S. Mohammed, D. S. K. Samways, D. A. Shipp
    Macromol. Biosci., 2020, 20, 1900377.
  • Composite Particles from Pickering-Stabilized Radical Mediated Thiol-Ene Suspension Polymerizations
    K. J. Cassidy, O. Z. Durham, D. A. Shipp
    Macromol. React. Eng. 2019, 13, 1800075.
  • Raman Microspectroscopy Study of the Hydrolytic Degradation of Polyanhydride Network Polymers
    L. Bian, H.S. Mohammad, D.A. Shipp, P.J.G. Goulet 
    Langmuir, 2019, 35, 6387 – 6392.
  • Radical-Mediated Thiol-Ene Emulsion Polymerization 
    O.Z. Durham, D.V. Chapman, S. Krishnan, D.A. Shipp 
    Macromolecules, 2017, 50, 3, 773-783.
  • Polyanhydrides: Synthesis, Properties and Applications
    K.L. Poetz, D.A. Shipp
    Aust. J. Chem., 2016, 69, 1223-1239.
  • Radical Mediated Thiol-Ene/Yne Dispersion Polymerizations
    F. Alimohammadi, C. Wang, O.Z. Durham, H.R. Norton, C.N. Bowman, D.A. Shipp
    Polymer, 2016, 105, 180-186.
  • Anhydride-Based Reconfigurable Shape Memory Elastomers
    M.I. Lawton, K.R. Tillman, H.S. Mohammed, W. Kuang, D.A. Shipp, P.T. Mather
    ACS Macro. Lett., 2016, 5, 203-207.

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Office Phone Number: 315/268-2393

Office Location: 350 CAMP Building

Clarkson Box Number: CU Box 5665

Website: Shipp Research Group