Year joined: 2022
Tyler Kristufek started his academic studies at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering. During the summer between his first and second year of college, he started researching with Professor Karen Wooley at Texas A&M University researching rapidly-cured isosorbide-based cross-linked polycarbonate elastomers which was featured as the publication of the month in the journal of Polymer Chemistry.
Tyler continued his research during his second year as a cross-registered student at Carnegie Mellon University. His research was on the synthesis of a matrix-free particle brush system with bimodal molecular weight distribution prepared by SI-ATRP with Professor Krzysztof Matyjaszewski. During his final year of college, he gained new insight in materials characterization while researching with Professor Christopher Bettinger in the Materials Science department at Carnegie Mellon University. He graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering along with minors in both Polymer Engineering and Chemistry.
After receiving his degree, Tyler continued his exploration of research at the University of Pittsburgh with Professor Peter Wipf, researching a new synthesis of Gefitinib with it receiving a featured perspective in the journal Synfacts.
He started in the Kristufek lab at Texas Tech University in the summer of 2022.