Our Team


Principal Investigator - Neil Ayres Ph. D.

Prof. Neil Ayres

Prof. Neil Ayres 

Dr. Neil Ayres received his Ph. D. training under Prof. David Haddleton at The University of Warwick, where his thesis was focused on surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization. After graduating in 2003 he worked as a post-doc for Prof. Charles McCormick at the University of Southern Mississippi, then Prof. William Brittain at the University of Akron, and also Prof. David Grainger at the University of Utah. He became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at The University of Cincinnati in 2008, and was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure in 2014.

Graduate Students


Mario Perera

Mario received his B.S from Institute of Chemistry, Ceylon, Sri Lanka where he worked on the modifying the formulations for natural rubber latex based household gloves. He joined the group in January 2016. He is focused on preparing hydrogel networks for biomaterials applications.


Prathyusha Chimala

Prathyusha Chimala completed her BS-MS dual degree at IISER Bhopal, India. There she worked on the synthesis of dimeric 2-oxindoles by using DDQ mediated oxidative coupling. She joined the group in January 2018 and is working on stiffening hydrogels.

Emily Dalton

Tucker McKenz

Tucker McKenzie

Tucker graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2018 with a B.S. in chemistry and focused on polymer synthesis for his undergraduate research. He is now working on how surfactant chemistry can control polyHIPE materials properties. 

Emily Dalton

Emily obtained a B.S. in Chemistry from Wheeling Jesuit University where she studied mechanochemistry via ball-milling. Emily joined the group in 2018 and is studying shape memory polymers in blood contacting biomaterials.


Undergraduate Students

We currently have a great team of undergraduates - check out the “News” section to meet our students for Fall 2019!