Research in the Patton Lab centers on the design and synthesis of polymeric materials.  We are particularly interested in the use of surface engineering strategies that can enhance polymer materials' properties, such as surface reactivity, tailored wettability, or interfacial adhesion.  Our lab environment is team-oriented and  interdisciplinary bringing together scientists with expertise in polymer synthesis, surface chemistry, thin film fabrication, and surface analytical techniques for the design of functional polymer materials. 

Principal Investigator

Dr. Derek L. Patton
Associate Professor
School of Polymers and High Performance Materials
The University of Southern Mississippi
derek.patton@usm.edu
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)