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Interested in the McDonald Lab?

The lab is welcoming new graduate and undergraduate students, and postdoctoral researchers.

Anyone interested should send an email with appropriate materials listed below.

Postdoctoral Researchers

We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to develop chemoresponsive polymeric thin films as colorimetric sensors of chemical contaminants and pollutants. Research activities will include the synthesis of polymers and polymer-grafted nanomaterials, the fabrication of these materials into thin films, and assessment of film response to analytes of interest. An ideal candidate will have experience with liquid phase film fabrication techniques such as spin coating or meniscus guided coating techniques and various microscopy techniques (electron, optical, AFM). Experience in the synthesis of polymers is welcomed, but not required. Expertise with analytical techniques such as XPS are also welcomed.

Research in our group generally focuses on the development of polymers as tailorable building blocks for materials with programable self-assembly, nanostructure, and reactivity. We seek to mimic the precise chemical tailoring that enables the function of nature’s assembled and reactive organic materials. The intersection of these interests and fabrication of thin films will provide many opportunities for scholars to show independence and ingenuity.

Please reach out to Ben, mcdonabe@brown.edu


The lab is always welcoming postdoctoral researchers with expertise in synthetic organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, or soft materials. Applicants should be excited to stretch their skills in new directions! If you are interested in joining, please email your CV, copies of recent publications, and contact information of two references to Ben. Informal inquiries are also welcome via email; please provide some information on your background and experience.

Graduate Students

The McDonald lab is welcoming graduate students from the doctoral programs in the departments of Chemistry as well as Materials Science and Engineering. Interested students should apply to their respective program of interest at Brown and send an email inquiry to Ben.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduates interested in research in the McDonald lab should have completed CHEM0360, or are planning on taking it in the upcoming semester. Students should email Ben McDonald with relevant course information and interests. Support for summer undergraduate research is available through the UTRA Program. Contact Ben to work on your application!