Reynolds A. Frimpong


Graduate Student

Chemical and Materials Engineering


Office: 63 F. Paul Anderson Tower


Phone: 859-257-3628




B.S. ChE. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, 1999

MEng ChE. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2002



Reynolds A. Frimpong is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He obtained his Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2002, and also received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana in 1999. His prior research experience at Rensselaer was in the area of high temperature gas kinetics; the determination of rate constants of gas phase reactions and the modeling of chemiluminescent gas phase reactions.



His current project in the laboratory is in the synthesis and characterization of magnetically responsive hydrogel composites. These systems are of particular interest as active components of micro-and nanoscale devices in various biomedical applications. The focus of the research is to develop various hydrogel composite systems either through the incorporation of magnetic nanoparticles in polymeric hydrogel matrices via UV photopolymerization or through the controlled surface growth of hydrogels on the surface of the magnetic nanoparticles using atomic transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) techniques. The systems are characterized for their size, heat and magnetic response using laser light scattering, SEM, TEM FTIR, and magnetic induction techniques among others.


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