Role in the Centre
As a chemist, Bryan Tuten draws on an eclectic array of chemical topics including organic synthesis, photochemistry, multicomponent chemistry, and chalcogen chemistry to design and fabricate advanced macromolecular architectures and functional polymeric materials. Within QUT’s Centre for Materials Science, Bryan runs a team of researchers developing new applications and technologies to create new macromolecular structures exhibiting new properties. Currently active projects include: synthetic enzymes via single chain nanoparticles; introducing and developing new multicomponent reactions into functional polymeric materials; and harnessing the power of the chalcogens to develop greener, cheaper, and safer routes towards industrially relevant elastomers. Bryan is passionate about bringing an element of craftsmanship into a multidisciplinary field of chemical technologies to make bespoke macromolecules that meet the needs of other QUT centres, including the Centre for Biomedical Technologies and the Centre for a Waste Free World, as well as a partners in industry.
Bryan received his undergraduate degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College, majoring in materials chemistry and minoring in physics in 2010. He then earned his PhD in materials science and engineering from the University of New Hampshire in January 2016. From 2016 to 2017 Bryan was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in the School of Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry in Karlsruhe, Germany. In early 2017 Bryan made the move to QUT as a postdoctoral research fellow where he helped facilitate the construction of the Soft Matter Materials Laboratory under the mentorship of ARC Laureate Fellow Prof Dr Christopher Barner-Kowollik. In 2019 Bryan was awarded an ARC DECRA to establish his own independent research team within the Soft Matter Materials Laboratory where he is now a group leader. Bryan has co-authored 21 peer-reviewed publications with over 700 citations, and has been invited to numerous international conferences and universities as a speaker.
“Contemporary catalyst-free photochemistry in synthetic macromolecular science” Tuten, B. T.; Wiedbrauk, S.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Prog. Polym. Sci. 2020, 100, 101183.
“Visible-Light Induced Passerini Multicomponent Polymerization” Tuten, B. T.; De Keer, L.; Wiedbrauk, S.; Van Steenberge, P. H. M.; D’hooge, D.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 131, 5728-5732.
“Visible Light Activation of Spin-Silenced Fluorescence” Eing, M.; Tuten, B. T.; Blinco, J. P.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 12246-12249.
“Polyselenoureas via multicomponent polymerizations using elemental selenium as monomer” Tuten, B. T.; Bloesser, F. R.; Marshall, D. L.; Michalek, L.; Schmitt, C. W.; Blanksby, S. J.; Barner-Kowollik, C. ACS Macro Lett. 2018, 7(8), 898-903.
“A brief user’s guide to single-chain nanoparticles” Lyon, C. K.; Prasher, A.; Hanlon, A. M.; Tuten, B. T.; Tooley, C. A.; Frank, P. G.; Berda, E. B. Polym. Chem. 2015, 6, 181-197.