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Eva Marie HarthEva Marie Harth

Professor; Director, Welch Center of Excellence in Polymer Chemistry
Department of Chemistry

Office: STL, 406
Contact: harth@uh.edu - 713-743-6707

Education: Ph.D., University of Mainz, MPI for Polymer Research, Germany, 1998; B.S., M.S., University of Zurich, Switzerland, 1994; B.D., Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University Bonn, Germany, 1990

NSF-CPIMA Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University- IBM Almaden Research Center, 1999-2001


The Harth Lab is developing polymerization techniques to make specialized polymer materials with applications in industry and the biomedical field. Metal –organic synthesis and radical polymerization techniques explored to find new polymerization pathways to bridge the gap between monomer families such as olefins and acrylates. The invented metal-organic Insertion/Light Initiated Radical (MILRad) polymerization allows us to design distinct block copolymer architectures with selected functionalities in a one-step process guided by light irradiation.

Nano-networks built from intermolecular crosslinking and photoactivation processes are explored as drug delivery systems and additives in plastics. Hydrogels built from organic crosslinked backbones are developed as biomaterials are used to explore the fundamental understanding of cellular processes in tissues.