Tim Bannin received his ACS certified B.S. degree in Chemistry from Midwestern State University in 2010. He then proceeded to take a 2-year break from college and moved to Oregon where he slung coffee and taught himself to backpack. Tim then continued his education at the University of Rhode Island (URI) under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Kiesewetter receiving his Ph.D. in 2018. During his tenure at URI, Tim initially researched energetic materials. However, he soon found a new passion in polymer chemistry where he developed organocatalysts and applied them to the ring-opening polymerization of lactones and cyclic carbonates.
Dharmaratne, N. U.; Pothupitiya, J. P.; Bannin, T. J.; Kazakov, O. I.; Kiesewetter, M. K. Triclocarban: Commercial Antibacterial and Highly Effective H-Bond Donating Catalyst for Ring-Opening Polymerization. ACS Macro Letters 2017, 6, 421-425.
Bannin, T. J.; Kiesewetter, M. K. Poly(thioester) by Organocatalytic Ring-Opening Polymerization. Macromolecules 2015, 48 (16), 5481−5486.