John Gillespie Jr.

Laure Kayser

Assistant Professor

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Email: lkayser@udel.edu
Phone : (302) 831-

Biosketch

Dr. Kayser’s research is focused on developing and understanding the next generation of soft organic electronics (conjugated polymers) to study or repair the nervous system. She is the leader of an interdisciplinary research group working at the intersection of organometallic chemistry, polymer synthesis, and materials and device engineering.

Awards

Best postdoc award, Department of NanoEngineering, UC San Diego, 2019
Invited speaker at the Emerging Materials Researchers Symposium, CSC, Edmonton, AB, 2018
Robert Zamboni chemistry prize, Department of Chemistry, McGill University, 2015
NSERC CREATE in Green Chemistry fellowship, 2014
Marcus Wallenberg Young Researcher Award, 2014

Research Interests

According to the World Health Organization, nearly one sixth of the world’s population suffers from neurological disorders. These disorders of the nervous system include structural disorders (e.g., spinal cord injury), degeneration (e.g., Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases), infections (e.g., meningitis), functional disorders (e.g., epilepsy), and vascular disorders (e.g., stroke). The study and/or repair of the nervous system requires electronic materials than can interact with the human body, whether with direct contact—for neuroscience—or indirect—for haptics and robotics. While basic research in soft electronics has significantly advanced in the last 5-10 years, these efforts have not yet been translated to benefit the society.
Researchers in the Kayser lab aim at designing, synthesizing, and understanding the next generation of soft organic electronic materials to study or repair the nervous system. We are approaching challenges as an interdisciplinary research team, working at the intersection of organometallic chemistry, polymer synthesis, and materials and device engineering.

Representative Publications

L. V. Kayser and D. J. Lipomi,* “Stretchable Conductive Polymers and Composites Based on PEDOT and PEDOT:PSS” Adv. Mater. 2019, 201806133.

L. V. Kayser, M. D. Russell, D. Rodriquez, S. N. Abuhamdieh, C. Dhong, S. Khan, A. N. Stein, J. Ramírez, and D. J. Lipomi,* “RAFT Polymerization of an Intrinsically Stretchable Water-Soluble Block Copolymer Scaffold for PEDOT” Chem. Mater. 2018, 30, 4459.

L. V. Kayser, M. Vollmer, M. Welnhofer, H. Krikcziokat, K. Meerholz,* and B. A. Arndtsen,* “Metal-Free, Multicomponent Synthesis of Pyrrole-Based π-Conjugated Polymers from Imines, Acid Chlorides and Alkynes” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 10516.