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


Brett Bolton

Brett was an undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati earning degrees in both Chemistry and Biology. After being a part-time student in the graduate program he joined the Ayres group as a full-time student in 2014. His research is in the controlled polymerization of water soluble monomers that self-assemble in the presence of surfactants.


M. 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


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