The Bowden group is a highly interdisciplinary research group that works in the overlapping areas of polymer chemistry, medicinal science, surface chemistry, and materials science. We begin each project by designing organic materials at the molecular level and then synthesizing them using a combination of organic chemistry and polymer chemistry. We happily collaborate with a wide variety of people in pharmacy, physics, chemical and biomedical engineering, materials science, and neurosurgery to solve problems that are best addressed by an interdisciplinary approach. Our main focus is to use macromolecular science as a toolbox to solve problems and to develop new synthetic methods.

Recent News

December 2016: We would like to welcome James Grace, Orlando Torres-Texidor, and Kyle Lobermeier to the group!

December 2016: Congrats to Chad for receiving a Next Generation Students for Biodiesel Scholarship to attend the National Biodiesel Conference and present a poster on his research with nanoporous epoxy membranes and the separation of fatty acid esters.

August 2016: Justin, Chad, and Ned all recently returned from the Gordon Research Conference: Membranes Materials and Processes. Justin, Chad, and Ned all presented posters on their current research projects and Chad was invited to give a Late-Breaking Topic talk about tunable nanoporous poly(epoxy) membranes.

February 2016: Ned recently presented at the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Spring Symposium, while Chad and Justin presented a poster on the new project involving nanoporous epoxy membranes.

May 2015: Congrats to Chad Gilmer for earning an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award!

May 2015: Congratulations to Chad and Justin for passing the second year Comprehensive Examinations.

October 2014: Congrats to us on being awarded a USDA-AFRI grant! 

October 2014: Someone has been slow to update this site.  Congrats to Clayton Peace who graduated with is MS in May of 2014. 

December 2013: Welcome to Justin Carter and Chad Gilmer who just joined our research group.  

December 2013: Congrats to Ned for finishing the U of IA Venture school.  This intensive school was based on the NSF model to help launch start-up companies.  Pure Oleochemicals is closer to being fully launched!

August 2013: We had fun at the Iowa State Fair presenting science to kids of all ages.  We got them involved in chemistry experiments and kept them around answering their questions. It is wonderful to see such excitement about science. 

July 2013: Good-bye to Nina who was our high school student this summer.  She did a wonderful job and succeeded in a project that had a high chance of failure. Good work!

July 2013: Congrats to Tyler Long on receiving a Department of Chemistry Graduate Fellowship!

May 2013: Congrats to Tyler Long for earning an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award!  Congrats to Jason Zeman for winning an undegraduate award!

April 2013: Congrats to Ned and Abhi for winning $2,500 in a business competition!  Our company, Vetzuren, is starting to take off.  

April 2013: Congrats to Jason for winning first place in the Natural Sciences Section of the poster session featuring undergraduate research!