RPI Engineering
Edmund Palermo

Edmund Palermo

Assistant Professor

Polymers, Materials-Biology Interface

- 2014-present, Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA - 2011-2014, Postdoctoral Researcher with Anne J. McNeil, Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA - 2006-2011, Graduate Student Research Assistant with Kenichi Kuroda, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA - 2010, NSF East Asia Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) fellow with Masami Kamigaito, Department of Applied Chemistry, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Aiichi, Japan - 2002-2006, NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program with Miriam Rafailovich, Materials Science and Engineering, SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY, USA


Ph.D. Macromolecular Science & Engineering (2011), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; B.S. Mechanical Engineering (2006), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


  • Palermo, E. F., Darling, S. B., McNeil, A. J. π-Conjugated Gradient Copolymers Suppress Phase Separation and Improve Stability in Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells. J. Mater. Chem. C 2014, 2, 3401
  • Palermo, E. F., van der Laan, H. L., McNeil, A. J. Impact of π-Conjugated Gradient Sequence Copolymers on Polymer Blend Morphology. Polym. Chem. 2013, 4, 4606
  • Palermo, E. F. and McNeil, A. J. Impact of Copolymer Sequence on Solid-state Properties for Random, Gradient, and Block Copolymers Containing Thiophene and Selenophene. Macromolecules 2012, 45, 5948
  • Palermo, E. F., Vemparala, S., Kuroda, K. Cationic Spacer Arm Design Strategy for Control of Antimicrobial Activity and Conformation of Amphiphilic Methacrylate Random Copolymers. Biomacromolecules 2012, 13, 1632
  • Palermo, E. F., Lee, D.K., Ramamoorthy, A., Kuroda, K. Role of Cationic Group Structure in Membrane Binding and Disruption by Amphiphilic Copolymers. J. Phys. Chem. B 2011
  • Palermo, E. F. and Kuroda K. Structural determinants of antimicrobial activity in polymers which mimic host defense peptides. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 2010, 87, 1605
  • Palermo, E. F., Sovadinova, I., Kuroda K. Structural Determinants of Antimicrobial Activity and Biocompatibility in Membrane-Disrupting Methacrylamide Random Copolymers. Biomacromolecules 2009, 10, 3098
  • Palermo, E. F. and Kuroda, K. Chemical Structure of Cationic Groups in Amphiphilic Polymethacrylates Modulates the Antimicrobial and Hemolytic Activities. Biomacromolecules 2009, 10, 1416
  • Palermo, E. F., Si, M., Occhiogrosso, R., Berndt, C., Rudomen, G., Rafailovich, M. Effects of Supercritical Carbon Dioxide on Phase Homogeneity, Morphology, and Mechanical Properties of Poly(styrene-blend-ethylene-stat-vinyl acetate). Macromolecules 2005, 38, 9180