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Stefanie Sydlik

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Stefanie A. Sydlik

Assistant Professor
(412) 268-3136
fax: (412) 268-1061
office: MI 840

Dr. Sydlik received her PhD in organic chemistry from MIT under the direction of Professor Timothy Swager studying novel triptycene and nanocarbon based materials. She continued her training as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Robert Langer, developing a novel biomimetic block copolymer for cartilage repair. She joins the Chemistry department at Carnegie Mellon full time in the summer of 2015. At Carnegie Mellon, the Sydlik group will focus on the synthesis of novel polymers and materials via the principles of rational design. Applications of these materials will draw upon her diverse background in electronic, mechanical, and biological materials. Potential projects are suggested below, but Dr. Sydlik hopes that the ongoing research in her group will come to reflect the creativity and passions of her group members within the fields of polymer and materials chemistry.


Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, December 2012
Research Advisor: Prof. Timothy Swager

B.S. in Chemistry and Polymer Science with a minor in Engineering Studies,
Carnegie Mellon University, May 2007
Research Advisor: Prof. Richard McCullough

Professional Experience

Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Chemistry
Assistant Professor, 2015–present

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering
Postdoctoral Fellow, Advisor: Prof. Robert Langer, 2013- 2015

Teaching Experience

2013 MIT Teaching Certificate Program

2012 “Behind the Scenes at MIT” Educational Video, featured graduate student

2008–present Organic and General Chemistry Tutor, MIT and private

2007–2008 Organic Chemistry Teaching Assistant, MIT

2007 Chemistry Teaching Assistant, Carnegie Mellon AP/ EA Program

2005 Chemistry Teaching Assistant, Johns-Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

2004–2007 Chemistry Supplemental Instructor, Carnegie Mellon University

Honors and Awards



  1. Langer, R. S.; Sydlik, S. A.; Deng, M. “Biomimetic Block Copolymer for Cartilage Repair”, Technology Disclosure filed (11/08/2013)
  2. Swager, T. M.; Collins, W. R.; Lewandowski, W.; Schmois, E.; Sydlik, S. A.; Walish, J.; Goods, J. B. “Compositions comprising functionalized carbon-based nanostructures and related methods” Int. Pat. Appl. No. PCT/US2011/059168 (11/03/2011)

Presentations and Conference Preceedings

June 2015, 89th Annual ACS Colloids & Surface Science Symposium, oral presentation and poster

February 2014, Invited Seminar, University of Rhode Island Chemistry Department

July 2013, MIT/ TEC Summer Science Institute, Frontiers in Biology and Chemistry, Invited panelist

June 2013, Gordon Research Conference on Polymers, poster

April 2013, Spring ACS Meeting, Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Symposium, oral presentation

April 2013, Spring ACS Meeting, Graphene Chemistry Symposium, oral presentation for Prof. Swager (Invited)

June 2012, IUPAC World Polymer Conference, poster

December 2011, Fall MRS Meeting, poster

August 2011, Fall ACS Meeting, oral presentation and preprint

June 2011, Gordon Research Conference on Polymers, poster

December 2010, Fall MRS Meeting, poster

August 2010, Fall ACS Meeting, poster and preprint

March 2007, Spring ACS Meeting, poster and preprint

Other Experiences

2011–present Reviewer for Macromolecules, Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, Small, Carbon

2007–2011 MIT Women In Chemistry Administrative Board Member

Served as Vice President (2009) and Secretary (2010)

2010 Synfacts Contributing Editor

2009 US Rowing, National Team Member
Earned a bronze medal at the Elite World Rowing Championships