Edmund Palermo

Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Ed is from Bay Shore, NY. He began his adventures in polymer science as a high school student under Prof. Miriam Rafailovich at SUNY Stony Brook. After completing a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell in 2006, he moved to The University of Michigan and earned a Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science & Engineering, under the mentorship of Kenichi Kuroda, in 2011. Ed was also an NSF/JSPS visiting scholar at Nagoya University under Prof. Masami Kamigaito in 2010. Following a postdoc with Anne McNeil in Chemistry at Michigan, Ed joined the faculty at RPI in 2014.

Awards and Honors:: ACS PMSE Young Investigator, 2018 NSF CAREER Award, DMR-Biomaterials, 2017 ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award, 2017 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, 2016-2018


Ph.D. Macromolecular Science & Engineering (2011), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

B.S. Mechanical Engineering (2006), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Research Focus
  • Polymer Synthesis
  • Materials-Biology Interface
  • Antibacterial Materials
Select Works
  • Z. Zhou, C. Ergene, J. Y. Lee, D. J. Shirley, B. R. Carone, G. A. Caputo and E. F. Palermo*, "Sequence and Dispersity are Determinants of Photodynamic Antibacterial Activity Exerted by Peptidomimetic Oligo(thiophene)s" ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2019, 11 (2), 1896–1906
  • Z. Zhou and E. F. Palermo*, "Templated Ring-Opening Metathesis (TROM) of Cyclic Olefins Tethered to Unimolecular Oligo(thiophene)s" Macromolecules 2018, 51, 6127-6137
  • C. Ergene and E. F. Palermo*, "Self-Immolative Polymers with Potent and Selective Antimicrobial Activity by Hydrophilic Side Chain Grafting" Journal of Materials Chemistry B 2018, 6, 7217 - 7229
  • C. Ergene, K. Yasuhara, E. F. Palermo*, "Biomimetic Antimicrobial Polymers: Recent Advances in Molecular Design", Polymer Chemistry 2018, 9, 2407-2427
  • C. Ergene and E. F. Palermo*, "Cationic Poly(benzyl ether)s as Self-Immolative Antimicrobial Polymers," Biomacromolecules 2017, 18, 3400–3409
  • H. Vijayamohanan, E. F. Palermo, and C. K. Ullal*. "Spirothiopyran-Based Reversibly Saturable Photoresist," Chemistry of Materials, 2017, 29 (11), 4754–4760
  • Palermo, E. F. and McNeil, A. J. "Impact of Copolymer Sequence on Solid-state Properties for Random, Gradient, and Block Copolymers Containing Thiophene and Selenophene." Macromolecules 2012, 45, 5948
  • Palermo, E. F. and Kuroda, K. "Chemical Structure of Cationic Groups in Amphiphilic Polymethacrylates Modulates the Antimicrobial and Hemolytic Activities." Biomacromolecules 2009, 10, 1416