Dr. S. Piril Ertem

Postdoctoral Associate



Ph.D. Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2016

M.S. Material Science and Engineering, Koc University, Istanbul - Turkey, 2011

B.S. Chemistry, Bogazici University, Istanbul - Turkey, 2009


Research Area

Synthesis and characterization of structurally defined copolymers derived from methyl cellulose.


Zhang, W.; Liu, Y.; Liu, X.; Horan, J. L.; Jin, Y.; Ren, X.; Ertem, S. P.; Seifert, S.; Liberatore, M. W.; Herring, A. M.; Coughlin, E. B. “Crosslinked anion exchange membranes with connected cations.” J. Polym. Sci. Part A: Polym. Chem. 2018 56, 618-625.

Ertem, S.P.; Caire, B.R.; Tsai, T.-H.; Zeng, D.; Vandiver, M.A.; Kusoglu, A.; Seifert, S.; Hayward, R.C.; Weber, A.Z.; Herring, A.M.; Coughlin, E.B.; Liberatore, M.W. “Ion transport properties of mechanically stable symmetric ABCBA pentablock copolymers with quaternary ammonium functionalized midblock” Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics 2017 55 (7), 612-622.

Candelaria, S.L.; Bedford, N.M.; Woehl, T.J.; Rentz, N.S.; Showalter, A.R.; Pylypenko, S.; Bunker, B.A.; Lee, S.; Reinhart, B.; Ren, Y.; Ertem, S.P.; Coughlin, E.B.; Sather, N.A.; Horan, J.L.; Herring, A.M.; Greenlee, L.F. “Multi-Component Fe-Ni Hydroxide Nanocatalyst for Oxygen Evolution and Methanol Oxidation Reactions under Alkaline Conditions” ACS Catalysis 2017, 7 (1), pp 365–379.

Bedford, N.M.; Showalter, A.R.; Woehl, T.J.; Hughes, Z.E.; Lee, S.; Reinhart, B.; Ertem, S.P.; Coughlin, E.B.; Ren, Y.; Walsh, T.R.; Bunker, B.A. “Peptide-Directed PdAu Nanoscale Surface Segregation: Toward Controlled Bimetallic Architecture for Catalytic Materials” ACS Nano 2016 10 (9), 8645-8659.

Zhang, W.; Liu, Y.; Jackson, A.C.; Savage, A.M.; Ertem, S.P.; Tsai, T.-H.; Seifert, S.; Beyer, F.L.; Liberatore, M.W.; Herring, A.M.; Coughlin, E.B. “Achieving Continuous Anion Transport Domains Using Block Copolymers Containing Phosphonium Cations” Macromolecules 2016 49 (13), 4714-4722.

Ertem, S.P.; Tsai, T.-H.; Donahue, M.M.; Zhang, W.; Sarode, H.; Liu, Y., Seifert, S.; Herring, A.M.; Coughlin, E.B. “Photo-Cross-Linked Anion Exchange Membranes with Improved Water Management and Conductivity” Macromolecules 2016, 49, 153-161.

Tsai, T.-H.; Ertem, S.P.;* Maes, A.M.; Seifert, S.; Herring, A.M.; Coughlin, E.B
“Thermally cross-linked anion exchange membranes from solvent processable isoprene containing ionomers” Macromolecules 2015, 48, 655-662 (*equal contribution).

Vandiver M.A.; Caire, B.R.; Ertem, S.P.; Tsai, T.-H.; Coughlin, E.B.; Herring, A.M.; Liberatore, M.W. “Mechanical Performance of Polyisoprene Copolymer Anion Exchange Membranes by Varying Crosslinking Methods” Journal of The Electrochemical Society 2015 162 (4), H206-H212.

Ertem, S.P.; Yilgor, E.; Kosak, C.; Wilkes, G.L.; Zhang, M.; Yilgor, I. “Effect of soft segment molecular weight on tensile properties of poly (propylene oxide) based polyurethaneureas” Polymer 2012, 53, 4614-4622.

About Me:

Where are you from?

Istanbul, Turkey

If you were stranded on a desert island with one working instrument from lab, what would it be and why?

It would be an optical microscope, so I could have a closer look at the stuff (insects, flowers, etc.) I collect more closely.

If you could be any animal in the wild, what would you be and why?

I would be a dolphin, so I could swim all the time and travel the oceans of the world.