Department Faculty

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Rebecca Braslau
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Chemistry & Biochemistry Department
  • Phone
    831-459-3087 (Office), 831-459-3663 (Lab)
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Physical Sciences Building, Physical Sciences Bldg 342
    • Physical Sciences Bldg 342 (Office)
    • Physical Sciences Bldg 395 (Lab)
  • Office Hours Mondays 1-2 pm
  • Mail Stop Chemistry
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Material Science, Sustainability

Summary of Expertise

Synthetic organic chemistry, upcycling waste polymers,  free radicals,  nitroxides,  synthetically modified polymers, development of non-migratory plasticizers.

Research Interests

Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Organic Free Radicals, Nitroxides, Nitroxide-Mediated Free Radical Polymerization, Development of Tailored Materials for Nanotechnology and Biomedical Applications, Nitroxide-based Sensors

Our synthetic organic research group is focused on reactions involving free radical intermediates. Much of the work involves the synthesis and use of designed nitroxides for the preparation of specialized polymers for nanotechnology and biomedical applications, and as sensors via fluorescence quenching. We are engaged in the development of new synthetic methodologies, often via free radical intermediates. We are also involved in the synthesis of designed materials, such as non-migrating plasticizers.

Biography, Education and Training

B.A., Reed College
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison

Selected Publications

Selected Publications