• Professor, Chemistry
  • W.T. Doherty-Welch Foundation Chair in Chemistry
  • Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
  • Director, TAMU Laboratory for Synthetic-Biologic Interactions
  • National Institutes of Health NANO Study Section Chair
  • TIPS ETF Research Superiority Researcher
Karen Wooley

Research Interests

    • Macromolecular and Nanoscale Materials
    • Organic Chemistry and Polymer Synthesis

Awards & Honors

  • Editor, Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
  • Texas A&M University Distinguished Professor, 2011
  • American Chemical Society, Polymer Chemistry Division, Founding POLY Fellow, 2010
  • Butler Lectureship Series, Center for Macromolecular Science & Engineering, University of Florida, 2010
  • 2009 Herman F. Mark Scholar Award
  • NSF American Competitiveness and Innovation (ACI) Fellow (2008-2010)
  • Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award in Organic Chemistry (2002)
  • NSF Division of Materials Research, Special Creativity Extension (2008-2010, 2002-2004)

Selected Publications

  • Imbesi, P. M.; Fidge, C.; Cauët, S.; Wooley, K. L. "Model Diels-Alder studies for the creation of amphiphilic crosslinked networks as healable, anti-biofouling coatings", ACS Macro Lett., 2012, 1, 473-477.
  • Elsabahy M.; Wooley, K. L. "Design of polymeric nanoparticles for biomedical delivery applications", Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012, 41, 2545-2561.
  • Zhang, S.; Li, A.; Zou, J.; Lin, L. Y.; Wooley, K. L. "Facile Synthesis of Clickable, Water-soluble and Degradable Polyphosphoesters", ACS Macro Lett., 2012, 1(2), 328-333.
  • Ware, T.; Hearon, K.; Lonnecker, A.; Wooley, K. L.; Maitland, D. J.; Voit, W. "Triple-Shape Memory Polymers Based on Self-Complementary Hydrogen Bonding", Macromolecules, 2012, 45(2), 1062-1069.
  • Samarajeewa, S.; Shrestha, R.; Li, Y.; Wooley, K. L. "Degradability of Poly(lactic acid)-containing Nanoparticles: Enzymatic access through a crosslinked shell barrier", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 1235-1242.
  • Nyströ m, A. M.; Wooley, K. L. "The Importance of Chemistry in Creating Well-defined Nanoscopic Embedded Therapeutics: Devices capable of the dual functions of imaging and therapy", Acc. Chem. Res., 2011, 44(10), 969-978, NIHMSID: 304595, PMCID: PMC3196832.
  • Lee, N. S.; Sun, G.; Lin, L. Y.; Neumann, W. L.; Freskos, J. N.; Karwa, A.; Shieh, J. J.; Dorshow, R. B.; Wooley, K. L. "Tunable Dual-emitting Shell-crosslinked Nano-objects as Single-component Ratiometric pH-sensing Materials", J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21(37), 14193-14202, DOI: 10.1039/C1JM11854D.
  • Bartels, J. W.; Imbesi, P. M.; Finlay, J. A.; Fidge, C.; Ma, J.; Seppala, J. E.; Nyströ m, A. M.; Mackay, M. E.; Callow, J. A.; Callow, M. E.; Wooley, K. L. "Anti-biofouling Hybrid Dendritic Boltorn/Star PEG Thiol-ene Crosslinked Networks", ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2011, 3(6), 2118-2129, PMID: 21644572.
  • Besset, C. J.; Lonnecker, A. T.; Streff, J. M.; Wooley, K. L. "Polycarbonates from the Polyhydroxy Natural Product Quinic Acid", Biomacromolecules, 2011, 12(7), 2512-2517, NIHMSID: 309962.
  • Lin, L. Y.; Lee, N. S.; Zhu, J.; Nyströ m, A. M.; Pochan, D. J.; Dorshow, R. B.; Wooley, K. L. "Tuning Core vs. Shell Dimensions to Adjust the Performance of Nanoscopic Containers for the Loading and Release of Doxorubicin", J. Controlled Release, 2011, 152(1), 37-48. PMID: 21241750, NIHMS: 282038.