About Me

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I am a creative and passionate scientist with a strong background in organic and polymer synthesis. I have extensive experience in controlled radical polymerization techniques, small molecule synthesis (including various initiators and functional group modifiers), macromolecular design of functional polymers for self-assembly, and a wide variety of synthetic methodologies. As a consultant, I have also gained industrial experience in development of SOPs, experiment design, product development, and science communication.

I am also very passionate about chemical education and have extensive experience in teaching, tutoring (including curriculum development), and outreach activities focused on enhancing the public understanding of science.

Education and training

Southern Methodist University

Ph.D., Chemistry/2010 - 2015

Advisor: Nicolay V. Tsarevsky, Ph.D.
Dissertation: “Macromolecular Design of Well-Defined Epoxide-Containing Materials and Their Post-Polymerization Functionalizations”
Activities:
President, Chemistry Graduate Council, 2012 – 2015
Co-organizer, Chemistry Camp (for Middle & High School Students), 2012 – 2015
Service:
Judge, Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair, 2013 & 2015

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

B.S., Chemistry; B.S., Cell Biology/2006 - 2010

Advisor: Darrell G. Watson, Ph.D.
Activities:
Demonstrator, Chemical Demonstrations for Local Elementary Schools, 2008-2010
President, ACS Student Chapter (Sigma Pi Chemistry Club), 2007-2010
Co-organizer, UMHB Chem Camp (for 3rd – 5th grade students), 2010
Member, Student Organization Advisory Committee, 2008
Member, ACS Student Affiliate Chapter (Sigma Pi Chemistry Club), 2006-2007

Professional affiliations

American Chemical Society

Member/2007 - present
Divisions: Polymer Chemistry, Chemical Education, History of Chemistry, Polymeric Materials: Science & Engineering
Activities:
Member, San Diego Local Section, 2016-present
Member, DFW Local Section, 2010-2015
President, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Student Chapter, 2007-2010
Member, Heart O’ Texas Local Section, 2007-2010
Service:
Presider, PMSE Session on “General Papers/New Concepts in Polymeric Materials,” 245th ACS National Meeting, April 7-11, 2013, New Orleans, LA.

Awards and honors

2015    Graduate Research Achievement Award, Southern Methodist University
2014    Semifinalist for Chemistry Champions Contest, American Chemical Society
2014    Department of Chemistry Citizenship Award, Southern Methodist University
2012    Ciba Travel Award in Green Chemistry, American Chemical Society, Green Chemistry Institute (LINK 1, LINK 2, LINK 3)
2012    TEDxSMU Carole & Jim Young Fellow, Southern Methodist University
2012    Dean’s Award for the Best Poster Presentation, Southern Methodist University Research Day
2011    Wiley-VCH Macromolecular Journals Award for the Best Poster Presentation, 242nd ACS National Meeting
2010    ACS Student Leadership Award, American Chemical Society
2010    Outstanding Senior Chemistry Major Award, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
2009    Student Organization President of the Year, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Work experience

HP Inc.

R&D Chemist/2016 - present

• Focusing on the development of new agents and materials for the Multi Jet Fusion™ Platform

Resolution Biomedical, Inc.

R&D Consultant/2012 - 2016

• Advisement on synthesis of proprietary medium for specific cytology procedures.
• Suggestion of techniques, explanation of chemical interactions, development of SOP, etc.

Southern Methodist University

Research Associate/2015 - 2015

• Writing research publications and finalizing data for NSF-funded grant on well-defined hydrogels for NMR applications

Southern Methodist University

Graduate Research Assistant/2011 - 2015

• Synthesized well-defined epoxide-containing polymers via low-catalyst concentration atom transfer radical polymerization
• Studied various reactions of epoxides and their utility in the development of functional materials
• Developed functional materials with potential industrial and biological applications
• Developed gel materials for use in advanced NMR spectroscopic techniques
• Proficient in various polymer characterization techniques (i.e., GPC/SEC analysis, DLS, TGA, NMR, IR Spectroscopy)

Southern Methodist University

Teaching Assistant/2010 - 2012

• General Chemistry I Lab, Fall 2012
• General Chemistry II Lab, Spring 2011
• Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Lab, Fall 2010
• Quantitative Analysis Lab, Fall 2010
• General Chemistry I & II Lecture Grading, 2010 – 2011

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Robert A. Welch Undergraduate Research Assistant/2007 - 2010

• Synthesized various novel enaminones and enaminoesters
• Studied the photochemical products of various enaminones and enaminoesters
• Developed proficient synthetic and analytical techniques
• Became proficient in advanced instrument maintenance (i.e., GC-MS, GC, 60-MHz NMR spectrometer)

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Teaching Assistant/2007 - 2010

• Advanced Instrumental Analysis Lab, Spring 2010
• Quantitative Analysis Lab, Fall 2009
• Organic Chemistry I & II Lab, Fall 2007 – Spring 2010
• Physical Chemistry II Lab, Spring 2007

Productivity

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Journal Articles and Book Chapters
  1. Woodruff, S. R.; Tsarevsky, N. V., “Synthesis of (bio)degradable polymers by controlled/“living” radical polymerization,” in Polymers for Biomedicine: Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications; Scholz, C., Ed.; 2017; in press. (ISBN: 978-1-118-96657-0)
  2. García, M. E.; Woodruff, S. R.; Hellemann, E.; Tsarevsky, N. V.; Gil, R. R., “Di(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (DEGMEMA)-derived gels align small organic molecules in methanol,” Magn. Reson. Chem., 2017, 55, 206-209. (DOI: 10.1002/mrc.4400)
  3. Tsarevsky, N. V.; Woodruff, S. R.; Wisian-Neilson, P. J., “An Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratory: Synthesis of Well-Defined Polymers by Low-Catalyst-Concentration ATRP and Post-Polymerization Modification to Fluorescent Materials,” J. Chem. Educ., 2016, 93, 1452–1459. (DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00738)
  4. Woodruff, S. R.; Tsarevsky, N. V., “Synthesis of star polymers with epoxide-containing highly branched cores by low-catalyst concentration atom transfer radical polymerization and post-polymerization modifications,” in Controlled Radical Polymerization: Materials; Matyjaszewski, K., Sumerlin, B. S., Tsarevsky, N. V., Chiefari, J., Eds.; ACS Symposium Series 1188; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2015; pp 149-167. (DOI: 10.1021/bk-2015-1188.ch011)
  5. Woodruff, S. R.; Davis, B. J.; Tsarevsky, N. V., “Epoxides as reducing agents for low-catalyst-concentration atom transfer radical polymerization,” Macromol. Rapid Commun., 2014, 35, 186-192. (DOI: 10.1002/marc.201300696)
  6. Snider, J. D.; Troche-Pesqueira, E.; Woodruff, S. R.; Gayathri, C.; Tsarevsky, N. V.; Gil, R. R., “New strategy for RDCs assisted diastereotopic proton assignment using a combination of J-scaled BIRD HSQC and J-scaled BIRD HMQC/HSQC,” Magn. Reson. Chem., 2012, 50, S86-S91. (DOI: 10.1002/mrc.3895)
  7. Woodruff, S. R.; Davis, B. J.; Tsarevsky, N. V., “Selecting the Optimal Reaction Conditions for Copper-Mediated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization at Low Catalyst Concentration,” in Progress in Controlled Radical Polymerization: Mechanisms and Techniques; Matyjaszewski, K., Sumerlin, B. S., Tsarevsky, N. V., Eds.; ACS Symposium Series 1100; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2012; pp 99-113. (DOI: 10.1021/bk-2012-1100.ch007)

Conference Proceedings and Other Non-Peer-Reviewed Articles

Preprints
  1. Woodruff, S. R.; Tsarevsky, N. V., “Synthesis of well-defined polymers with epoxide groups by atom transfer radical polymerization and their use as precursors of functional materials,” Polym. Prepr., 2011, 52(2), 671-672.

Presentations

Research
  1. Woodruff, S. R.; Tsarevsky, N. V., “Macromolecular engineering of epoxide-containing materials and their post-polymerization functionalizations,” Air Force Research Laboratory, Dayton, OH, September 21, 2015, invited talk.
  2. Woodruff, S. R.; Tsarevsky, N. V., “Macromolecular design of well-defined epoxide-containing materials and their post-polymerization functionalizations,” Hewlett-Packard Company, San Diego, CA, July 9, 2015, invited talk.
  3. Woodruff, S. R. and Tsarevsky, N. V., "Synthesis, modification, and chain extension of highly functional branched polymers," 2014 ACS Southwest Regional Meeting, Fort Worth, TX, November 20, 2014, poster 162.
  4. Woodruff, S. R., "Chemistry to better deliver medicine inside cells," 248th ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August 10-14, 2014, ACS Chemistry Champions Semifinals, invited talk.
  5. Woodruff, S. R. and Tsarevsky, N. V., "Synthesis and modifications of epoxide-containing polymers," University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, TX, April 17, 2014, invited talk.
  6. Woodruff, S. R.; Swartz, K. B.; Tsarevsky, N. V., "Synthesis and modifications of branched epoxide-containing polymers," 247th ACS National Meeting, Dallas, TX, March 16-20, 2014, talk POLY 658.
  7. Woodruff, S. R., "Chemistry at play: A look at popularizing chemistry through kits and their effectiveness throughout the years," 247th ACS National Meeting, Dallas, TX, March 16-20, 2014, talk HIST 10.
  8. Woodruff, S. R.; Davis, B. J.; Tsarevsky, N. V., "Well-defined epoxide-containing polymers prepared by low-catalyst concentration atom transfer radical polymerization and their post-polymerization modifications," 46th ACS DFW Meeting-in-Miniature, Commerce, TX, April 27, 2013, talk G17.
  9. Woodruff, S. R.; Davis, B. J.; Tsarevsky, N. V., "Well-defined functional epoxide-containing polymers by low-catalyst concentration atom transfer radical polymerization," 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 7 – 11, 2013, talk PMSE 197.
  10. Woodruff, S. R.; Tsarevsky, N. V., "Synthesis of well-defined polymers with epoxide groups by atom transfer radical polymerization and their use as precursors of functional materials," 45th ACS DFW Meeting-in-Miniature, Dallas, TX, April 21, 2012, talk G29.
  11. Woodruff, S. R.; Tsarevsky, N. V., "Synthesis of well-defined polymers with epoxide groups by atom transfer radical polymerization and their use as precursors of functional materials," 242nd ACS National Meeting, Denver, CO, August 28 – Sept. 1, 2011, poster POLY 198.
  12. Popescu, D. L.; Woodruff, S. R.; Tsarevsky, N. V., "Well-defined electrochromic and fluorescent polymers by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP)," ACS Local Section Meeting: Meet DFW’s New Young Investigators, Dallas, TX, January 29, 2011, poster 17.
  13. Woodruff, S. R.; Watson, D. G., "Preparation, characterization, and exploratory photochemistry of 3-(N-methylanilino)-2-butenoic acid and its ester derivatives," 235th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 6-10, 2008, poster CHED 585.

Chemical Education
  1. Tsarevsky, N. V.; Woodruff S. R., “Color chemistry,” Turn Up at the Meadows Museum!, Dallas, TX, June 13, 2015, chemical demonstration presentation, invited presentation.
  2. Meadows, V. E.; Underwood, S. R.; Woodruff, S. R.; Watson, D. G., "Science Saturday: An outreach to the community," 239th ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 21-25, 2010, poster CHED 1413.
  3. Lawson, A. A.; Woodruff, S. R.; Watson, D. G., "Women in science extravaganza: Celebrating women and their role in science," 239th ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA March 21-25, 2010, poster CHED 1391.
  4. Woodruff, S. R.; Phun, C.; Watson, D. G., "Safety video: Student-organized production to make chemical safety fun," 237th ACS National Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, March 22-26, 2009, poster CHED 1107.
  5. Radwan, Z. A.; Woodruff, S. R.; Watson, D. G., "Green sheet: Second year of spreading the word on environmental issues," 237th ACS National Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, March 22-26, 2009, poster CHED 1077.
  6. Lawson, A. A.; Woodruff, S. R.; Watson, D. G., "Demos in the dark: Fifteen years of a continuously successful NCW event," 237th ACS National Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, March 22-26, 2009, poster CHED 1064.

Intra-institutional Presentations
  1. Woodruff, S. R.; Tsarevsky, N. V., "Synthesis, chain extension, and post-polymerization modification of highly functional branched polymers," Southern Methodist University Research Day, Dallas, TX, February 25, 2015, poster 36.
  2. Woodruff, S. R.; Davis, B. J.; Tsarevsky, N. V., "Well-defined functional epoxide-containing polymers by low-catalyst concentration atom transfer radical polymerization," Southern Methodist University Research Day, Dallas, TX, February 27, 2013, poster 13.
  3. Woodruff, S. R.; Tsarevsky, N. V., "Synthesis of well-defined polymers with epoxide groups by atom transfer radical polymerization and their use as precursors of functional materials," Southern Methodist University Research Day, Dallas, TX, February 10, 2012, poster 20.
  4. Woodruff, S. R.; LaGrone, K. A.; Moore, L. J.; Watson, D. G., "Preparation and characterization of several N-aryl enamino ketones," University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Student Scholar’s Day and Research Symposium, Belton, TX, April 29, 2009, poster 2.
  5. Hamilton, J. M.; Montelongo, J. S.; Woodruff, S. R.; Wood, M. K.,"Developmental effects of Adderall on chick embryos," University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Student Scholar’s Day and Research Symposium, Belton, TX, April 29, 2009, poster 17.