Dr.   Abraham     Joy

Dr. Abraham Joy

Associate Professor
Department of Polymer Science
Phone: 330-972-6004
Email: abraham@uakron.edu

Joy Lab Website



  • 2006-2010 Postdoctoral Fellow: Rutgers University (New Jersey Center for Biomaterials) / University of Pennsylvania; Mentors: Joachim Kohn / Christopher Chen
  • 2000-2005 Postdoctoral Associate: Georgia Institute of Technology; Mentor: Gary Schuster
  • 1995-2000 Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, Tulane University; Mentor: V. Ramamurthy

Research Interests

  • Synthesis and applications of peptidomimetic biomaterials (polyesters, polyurethanes, poly(ester urethane)s)
  • Development of stimuli (light, non-covalent interactions, mechanical) responsive polymers

Target areas for above polymers:
Antimicrobial polymer therapeutics and coatings; Materials designed for wound healing; Biomaterials for 3D printing; Peptidomimetic wet adhesives; ECM mimetic materials for controlled release of growth factors and therapeutics


  • FDA Scholar in Residence: 2015-2018
  • NSF CAREER award: 2014-2019
  • 3M Non-tenured faculty award: 2010-2013
  • NIH Ruth Kirschstein T32 Postdoctoral Fellow: 2006-2008

Contact Information

Abraham Joy
Department of Polymer Science
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325-3909

E-mail: abraham@uakron.edu
Voice: (330) 972-6004

Recent Publications

  1. C. Peng, A. Vishwakarma, Z. Li, T. Miyoshi, H.A. Barton, A. Joy; Modification of a conventional polyurethane composition provides significant anti-biofilm activity against Escherichia coli; Polymer Chemistry, 2018, 9, 3195
  2. S.R. Govindarajan, T. Jain, J-W. Choi, A. Joy, I. Isayeva, K. Vorvolakos; A hydrophilic coumarin-based polyester for ambient-temperature initiator-free 3D printing: Chemistry, rheology and interface formation; Polymer, 2018, in press
  3. H. Kadry, T.A. Al-Hilal, A. Keshavarz, F. Alam, C. Xu, A. Joy, F. Ahsan; Multi-purposable filaments of HPMC for 3D printing of medications with tailored drug release and timed-absorption; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 2018, 544, 285
  4. M.A. Cruz, D.L. Morris, J.P. Swanson, M. Kundu, S. Mankoci, T.C. Leeper, A. Joy; Efficient protein encapsulation within thermoresponsive coacervate-forming biodegradable polyesters; ACS Macro Letters, 2018, 7, 477
  5. Y. Xu, Q. Liu, A. Narayanan, D. Jain, A. Dhinojwala, A. Joy; Mussel-inspired polyesters with aliphatic pendant groups demonstrate the importance of hydrophobicity in underwater adhesion; Adv. Mat. Interfaces, 2017, 4, 1700506
  6. S. Mankoci, R.L. Kaiser, N. Sahai, H.A. Barton, A. Joy; Bactericidal peptidomimetic polyurethanes with remarkable selectivity against Escherichia coli; ACS Biomater Sci. Eng., 2017, 3, 2588
  7. J.P. Swanson, M.A. Cruz, L.R. Monteleone, M.R. Martinez, P.J. Costanzo, A. Joy; The effect of pendant group structure on thermoresponsive properties of N-substituted polyesters; Polymer Chemistry, 2017, 8, 7195
  8. Y. Xie, C. Peng, Y. Gao, X. Liu, T. Liu, A. Joy; Mannose-based graft polyesters with tunable binding affinity to concanavalin A; J. Poly. Sci., Part A: Poly. Chem., 2017, 55, 3908
  9. N.E. Alexander, J.P. Swanson, A. Joy, C. Wesdemiotis; Sequence analysis of cyclic polyester copolymers using ion mobility tandem mass spectrometry; International J. of mass spectroscopy, 2017, 429, 151
  10. C. Peng, A. Joy; Alternating and random-sequence polyesters with distinct physical properties; Polymer Chemistry, 2017, 8, 2397
  11. E.A. Chamsaz, S. Mankoci, H.A. Barton, A. Joy; Non-toxic coumarin polyester coatings prevent pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm formation; ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2017, 9, 6704
  12. J.P. Swanson, M.R. Martinez, M.A. Cruz, S. Mankoci, P.J. Costanzo, A. Joy; A coacervate-forming biodegradable polyester with elevated LCST based on bis-(2-methoxyethyl)amine; Poly. Chem., 2016, 7, 4693
  13. S.R. Govindarajan, Y. Xu, J.P. Swanson, T. Jain, Y. Lu, J.-W. Choi, A. Joy; A solvent and initiator free, low modulus, degradable polyester platform with modular functionality for ambient-temperature 3D printing; Macromolecules, 2016, 49, 2429
  14. J.P. Swanson, L.R. Monteleone, F. Haso, P.J. Costanzo, T. Liu, A. Joy; A library of thermoresponsive, coacervate-forming biodegradable polyesters; Macromolecules, 2015, 48, 3834
  15. S. Gokhale, Y. Xu, A. Joy; A library of multifunctional polyesters with ‘peptide-like’ pendant functional groups; Biomacromolecules, 2013, 14, 2489
  16. M.V.S.N. Maddipatla, D. Wehrung, C. Tang, W. Fan, M. O. Oyewumi, T. Miyoshi, A. Joy; Photoresponsive coumarin polyesters that exhibit cross-linking and chain scission properties; Macromolecules, 2013, 46, 5133


  1. Densely functionalized polymers derived from Baylis-Hillman adducts; A. Joy, C. Peng; US 9,963,540; issued: May 8, 2018
  2. Photoresponsive coumarin based polymers: synthesis and applications; A. Joy, M.V.S.N. Maddipatla; US 9,663,614; issued: May 30, 2017
  3. Biodegradable polymers with pendant functional groups attached through amide bonds; A. Joy, S. Gokhale, Y. Xu; US 9,593, 201; issued: March 14, 2017
  4. Substituted phenacyl molecules and photoresponsive polymers; A. Joy, S. Sun; US 9,353,214; issued: May 31, 2016

Professional Affiliations

American Chemical Society
Society for Biomaterials
Materials Research Society