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Brandon Farmer




Ph.D. Program

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Dissertation: “Synthesis of Characterization of Complex Polymer Architectures”

Major Professor: Jimmy Mays, Ph D


2002 - 2006


Study Abroad Ph.D. Program

University of South Australia, Ian Wark Research Institute, Adelaide, South Australia

Major Professor: Jani Mattison

March 2002 - May 2002


Ph.D. Program

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Major Professor: Jimmy Mays, Ph D.


1999 - 2002


B.S. Degree in Chemistry

University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL


Research Experience

Polymer Chemistry

Standard polymer synthesis: anionic synthesis, free radical synthesis, polycondensation synthesis. Characterization Techniques: Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC), Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA), Melt Flow Index (MFI), Infrared Spectroscopy (IR), UV-vis, Light Scattering (Dynamic and Static), and Rheology.


Teaching Experience

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Teaching Assistant - Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics CHEM 325

Jefferson County and Birmingham City High Schools – Science in Motion

University Tennessee

Teaching Assistant - General Chemistry CHEM 120

Teaching Assistant - General Chemistry CHEM 130


Awards and Leadership

Vice President ACGS - Association of Chemistry Graduate Students

Research Council - University of Tennessee, Graduate Student Representative

The C.W. Keenan Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award - Chemistry Dept., University of Tennessee

Departmental Outstanding Teaching Award - Chemistry Dept., University of Tennessee

NSF GK-12 Fellowship - Alabama Science in Motion <a href=""></a>


Radius of Gyration of Polystyrene Combs and Centipedes in a Θ Solvent.

Terao, Ken; Farmer, Brandon S.; Nakamura, Yo; Iatrou, Hermis; Hong, Kunlun; Mays, Jimmy W. Macromolecules (2005), 38(4), 1447-1450

Novel resin modified glass-ionomer cements with improved flexural strength and ease of handling. Xie, Dong; Wu, Wei; Puckett, Aaron; Farmer, Brandon; Mays, Jimmy. European Polymer Journal (2003), Volume Date 2004, 40(2), 343-351.

31P and 1H NMR studies of the transesterification polymerization of polyphosphonate oligomers. Dustan Myrex, R.; Farmer, Brandon; Gray, Gary M.; Wright, Young-Jin; Dees, Jennifer; Bharara, Prakash C.; Byrd, Houston; Branham, Keith E. European Polymer Journal (2003), 39(6), 1105-1115.

Polycondensations of dimethyl phosphonate with diols: SEC and 1P and 13C NMR spectroscopic studies. Branham, K. E.; Mays, J. W.; Gray, G. M.; Bharara, P. C.; Byrd, H.; Bittinger, R.; Farmer, B.. Polymer (2000), 41(9), 3371-3379.



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