Office: 3107 Hahn Hall South
Group Web Pages: https://matsonlab.com/
AB Washington University in St. Louis, 2004
PhD California Institute of Technology, 2009
Postdoctoral Associate, Northwestern University, 2009-2012
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Virginia Tech, 2012-present
Honors and Awards:
Jimmy W. Viers Teaching Award, 2016
NSF CAREER Award, 2015
3M Non-tenured Faculty Award, 2015
Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, 2014
ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Award, 2014
Our lab focuses on developing new materials to address problems in biology and medicine, energy, and the environment. With a focus on synthetic small molecule and polymer chemistry, we aim to synthesize, characterize, and test these new materials in an interdisciplinary and collaborative manner. Current research efforts include:
- Developing methods for the delivery of hydrogen sulfide (H2S), a biologically vital signaling agent. To this end we have developed small molecule H2S donors, polymers capable of sustained H2S release, and hydrogels that have the ability to localize H2S delivery.
- Synthesizing bottlebrush polymers, which are unique polymers that have potential applications resulting in a reduction of energy usage in a variety of systems.
- Preparing high performance polymers that are bio- and photodegradable. These materials are based on synthetic polymers and naturally occurring polymers such as polysaccharides.
- Investigating dendritic peptides with thermoresponsive properties. These high molecular weight, highly branched peptides may find use in biomaterials for tissue engineering and drug delivery.
Powell, C. R.; Foster, J. C.; Okyere, B.; Theus, M. H.; Matson, J. B.* “Therapeutic Delivery of H2S via COS: Small Molecule and Polymeric Donors with Benign Byproducts” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 13477-13480. doi: 10.1021/jacs.6b07204
Radzinski, S. C.; Foster, J. C.; Chapleski, R. C..; Troya, D.; Matson, J. B. “Bottlebrush Polymer Synthesis by Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization: The Significance of the Anchor Group” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138, 6998-7004.
Arrington, K. J.; Murray, C. B.; Smith, E. C.; Marand, H.; Matson, J. B. “Precision Polyketones by Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization: The Effects of Regular and Irregular Ketone Spacing” Macromolecules, 2016, 49, 3655-3662.
Navon, Y.; Zhou, M.; Matson, J. B.; Bitton R. “Dendritic Elastin-Like Peptides: The Effect of Branching on Thermoresponsiveness” Biomacromolecules 2016,17, 262-270.
- Carter, J. M.; Qian, Y.; Foster, J. C.; Matson, J. B. “Peptide-Based Hydrogen Sulfide-Releasing Gels” Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 13131-13134.