Anastasia Patterson

Ph.D. Materials / UCSB (2019)

B.S. Chemistry / Harvey Mudd College (2014)

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My research focuses on designing and characterizing multi-component soft materials for use in applications from non-toxic antifouling coatings to bulk self-assembled materials. Utilizing sequence-defined polypeptoids, I study how molecular-scale design can translate into macroscopic properties, measured at surfaces using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and captive bubble contact angle, and in bulk using synchrotron X-ray scattering.


I grew up in San Pedro, California, and graduated in 2014 from Harvey Mudd College with a B.S. in Chemistry with a concentration in Spanish. After working on a wide range of chemistry research projects—organic and analytical chemistry lab developments (HMC), biomimetic natural product synthesis (HMC), block copolymer hydrogel self-assembly (Colorado State U), fluorescent dye synthesis and microchannel coatings (UCSB), and nanostructured zinc oxide photoanodes for dye-sensitized solar cells (HMC)—I came to UCSB to use chemistry as a tool to design new and interesting materials. I received my Ph.D. in Materials in 2019. When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy being outdoors, cooking, drawing, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and ballroom/social dance.