We Make Organic Materials and Polymers

Our team is an organic chemistry research laboratory based out of the University of Washington in the vibrant city of Seattle. We are interested in developing and using synthetic methods to access novel macromolecules for tackling challenges across materials science, biomedicine, sustainability, and energy.

Enthusiastic scientists of all levels (undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral scientists) are welcome to  get in touch to inquire about research opportunities.

Our research team strives to foster and maintain an open, diverse, and inclusive group because it makes us better as individuals and as a community. We aim to understand our individual identities and privileges when listening to and speaking with others, and are not afraid to admit when we don’t know how to approach a particular open conversation. Feedback from everyone is crucial, and will ultimately help us learn about new viewpoints and new ways of thinking via open discussions.


 Group News

November 2021: 

Welcome to our second-cycle rotators, GrantAna Paula, and Chelsea!

October 2021: 

Welcome to our newest undergraduate student, Ashley!

We enjoyed highlighting recent polymer upcycling work from the McNeil Group (University of Michigan) in Trends in Chemistry. Congratulations to Sarah and Mercie on their Spotlight article (Transforming Superabsorbent Polymers to Super Sticky Notes); they’ve set the stage for upcycling work brewing in our own lab!

Autumn quarter rotations begin! Welcome to our first quartet of rotators, Matt, Adelaide, Rowina, and Morgan!

September 2021: 

We took our first (annual?) outing to T-Mobile Park to watch the Mariners take on Matt’s hometown Boston Red Sox!

July 2021: 

Adelaide joins for a summer rotation. Welcome to Seattle, Adelaide!

Matt presents (virtually) about the team’s recent efforts at the Golden Gate Polymer Forum .

June 2021: 

Meredith and Sarah present posters at the 2021 Empowering Women in Organic Chemistry (EWOC) virtual conference.

Christine is awarded a Clean Energy Institute (CEI) Graduate Fellowship for 2021-22!

Jayme graduates from UW with a BS in Chemistry and was honored with a Distinguished Research in Chemistry Award! She is the first undergraduate to leave the team and will start at UC Irvine for graduate school this fall.

May 2021: 
recent JACS paper is highlighted as a JACS Spotlight! Congratulations to Team Cyclic!

Ray presents his work on cyclic polymers at the 24th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

Collaborative work on nanohoop ROMP polymers with the Jasti lab at University of Oregon appears in ACS Central Science . Congratulations to Sarah and former Jasti lab undergraduate Brian!

Matt presents at the Virtual Northwest Regional ACS Meeting (NORM 2021) on our cyclic polymer work. Thanks to Mike Larsen and everyone else at Western Washington University for putting on a great event!

Wei, Ray, and Jayme publish the team’s first manuscript in JACS! We describe a novel macrocyclic Ru initiator platform that provides increased stability and molecular weight control in ring-expansion metathesis polymerization reactions to access cyclic polymers, an underexplored area of synthetically challenging macromolecular materials. Congratulations on a great team effort and for setting the stage for more exciting cyclic polymer chemistry.
April 2021:
Matt presents on the team’s progress on cyclic polymer synthesis at the Spring 2021 Virtual ACS National Meeting! Thanks to Jessica Lamb and Nate Romero for organizing a great ORGN symposium on the “Modern Methods of Polymer Chemistry”.

We said farewell to the team’s first postdoc, Wei, this month. Wei accepted a position at Uniroyal in Shanghai. Congratulations, Wei! We explored Washington Park Arboretum: A Walk for Wei.

March 2021:
Congratulations to Sarah and Meredith for completing their second year exams with flying colors… two for two!

Congratulations to Ray for being awarded a prestigious Mary Gates Research Scholarship

February 2021:
Welcome to our four new first year graduate students: Anna, Brian, Christine, and Mercie! Check out our team members page for more info.

Wei’s review on recent developments in cyclic polymer synthesis is accepted at Polymer Chemistry. Congratulations to Wei on setting the stage for exciting cyclic polymer chemistry forthcoming from our own lab in the future!

December 2020:
 We capped off the quarter with a virtual exchange of snacks and beverages! On to new adventures in 2021! 

November 2020:
Brian joins for his second rotation of the quarter!

Matt contributes to an article in ACS Central Science with other junior faculty about the current state of diversity, equity and inclusion in organic chemistry.

The team is awarded a Seed grant from UW’s MRSEC (MEM-C)! We look forward to new opportunities in our force-mediated polymerization work. 

October 2020:
The team’s first grant is officially funded. Thank you to the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS-PRF) for generously supporting our work on molecular Rubiks cubes in polymers with a Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) award!  

September 2020:
Mercie, Christine, and Anna join for their first rotation of the quarter. We’ve implemented safe shadowing procedures in the lab so our prospective first-year graduate students can get a taste of what we do in CHB 211-217!

August 2020:
We’re happy to have two new faces in the lab! Progya joins the team as a postdoc after defending his PhD in Dominik Konkolewicz’s group at Miami University in Ohio. Anna joins as a summer rotation student prior to beginning graduate school. A socially distanced welcome lunch ensued from Grand Central Bakery!


July 2020:
The team has joined Twitter; follow us @golder_team

June 2020:
Wyatt Technology features us in their  monthly blog  !

March – June 2020:
 Our team is operating remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

December 2019:
Meredith and Sarah officially join the team as our first two graduate students. We celebrated by taking our first ever team photo after a much anticipated lunch trip to Din Tai Fung, followed by trying local beers with the Xiao lab at Optimism Brewing.

October 2019:
Louisa joins as a rotation student for the second half of the Autumn quarter. Check out our new digs now that we’re up and running!

September 2019:
Wei joins the team as a postdoc after a stint at the University of Missouri. Welcome to Seattle, Wei! Jayme, a rising UW junior, also joins the team as the group’s second undergraduate.

August 2019:
Incoming graduate students Sarah & Meredith join for a summer rotation and help to get the lab set up. Rising sophomore Ray (UW ’22) joins the team as well! We have our fair share of boxes to unpack…

May 2019:
Chemistry starts in Seattle on August 1st, 2019. Check back for updates later this summer!