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Office: RDMC249

575 Ross St. College Station, TX 77840 USA

Phone: 979-458-6688


Emily Pentzer is an Associate Professor in the department of chemistry and the department of materials science and engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. She also holds a courtesy appointment in the department of chemical engineering. She received a BS in chemistry from Butler University (2005) and PhD in organic chemistry from Northwestern University (2010), where her thesis work focused on metathesis routes for preparing and polymerizing unsaturated medium-sized lactones and lactams under the direction of Professor Sonbinh T. Nguyen. She then worked with Professor Todd Emrick in the Polymer Science and Engineering Department at UMass Amherst where she focused on the synthesis and assembly of electronically active materials for organic photovoltaics as part of a DOE EFRC on Polymer-Based Materials for Harvesting Solar Energy. In 2013, Dr. Pentzer joined the faculty at CWRU in Chemistry and received a secondary appointment in Macromolecular Science and Engineering in 2015.

Dr. Pentzer and her lab moved to Texas A&M University in the summer of 2019, as part of both the chemistry and materials science and engineer departments. Her research uses organic synthesis to access new materials and assemblies as a route to understand structure-property-application relationships and access functions not possible with current state-of-the-art systems. Dr. Pentzer regularly participates and organizes events aimed at the professional development of graduate students and facilitating the transition of graduate students and post-docs to successful and vibrant careers in academia.  She has received several awards including the NSF-CAREER award (2016), the PMSE Young Investigator Award (2017), the CWRU Faculty Diversity Excellence Award (2019), and was selected for the Wall of Fame of Bedford North Lawrence High school, where she attended (2020). Dr. Pentzer currently serves as an Associate Editor for the RSC journal Polymer Chemistry and was recently elected as Alt Councilor for the Polymer Division (POLY) of the American Chemical Society.