Full Name
Emily Pentzer, Ph.D.
Job Title
Associate Professor, Departments of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
Emily Pentzer is an Associate Professor in the department of chemistry and the department of materials science and engineering at Texas A&M University. She received a BS in chemistry from Butler University (2005) and PhD in chemistry from Northwestern University (2010), where her thesis focused on preparing and polymerizing unsaturated lactones and lactams. She then worked with Professor Todd Emrick in the Polymer Science and Engineering Department at UMass Amherst where she focused on the synthesis and assembly of electronically active materials for organic photovoltaics. In 2013, Dr. Pentzer started her independent career as an assistant professor of chemistry at Case Western Reserve University and she moved to Texas A&M in 2019.

The Pentzer Lab’s research centers on developing new polymeric materials and assemblies as a route to understand structure-property-application relationships and access functions not possible with current state-of-the-art systems. Her group works on the encapsulation of “active” liquids and gases, polymer-based data storage in a quaternary code, and additive manufacturing for multifunctional materials. Dr. Pentzer regularly participates in events aimed at professional development of students and post-docs and facilitating their transition to vibrant STEM careers. She has received several awards including the NSF-CAREER award (2016), PMSE Young Investigator Award (2017), CWRU Faculty Diversity Excellence Award (2019), and ACS WCC Rising Star Award (2021). She serves as an Associate Editor for Polymer Chemistry and was elected Alt. Councilor for the Polymer Division (POLY) of the American Chemical Society in 2020.
Emily Pentzer, Ph.D.