Solmaz Karamdoust

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PhD, Polymer Chemistry, Western University


Solma Karamdoust, PhD’14, completed her doctorate through Western University and was supervised by Professor Elizabeth Gillies, Department of Chemistry. She has broad research experience in translational science, design, synthesis and functionalization of polymers for diverse biomedical applications.

Karamdoust has also volunteered with Let’s Talk Science as a science demonstrator and a judge at the Regional Science and Inventor’s Fair in Seaforth Ontario.

While a Medical Innovation Fellow at Western, Karamdoust would team up with her peer medical innovation fellows to enter the Proteus Innovation Competition where their commercialization plan for Dr. Kara Patterson’s mirror box for lower-extremity therapy device took home one of the top three spots and a $7500 prize. After completing the MIF program, Karamdoust would go on to become a Research and Development Specialist with PolyAnalytik Inc., a London based company that offers contract R&D, polymer testing, method development, and validation services for any application containing synthetic polymers, biopolymers, and natural polymers in any industry. She also serves as a scientific advisor to Zealous Scientifics Inc., an oncology drug discovery company.


A . DeWit, Matthew & Nazemi, Ali & Karamdoust, Solmaz & Beaton, Annelise & R. Gillies, Elizabeth. (2011). Design, Synthesis and Assembly of Self-Immolative Linear Block Copolymers. ACS Symposium Series. 1066. 9-21. 10.1021/bk-2011-1066.ch002.

Bonduelle, Colin & Karamdoust, Solmaz & R. Gillies, Elizabeth. (2011). Synthesis and Assembly of Butyl Rubber–Poly(ethylene oxide) Graft Copolymers: From Surface Patterning to Resistance to Protein Adsorption. Macromolecules. 44. . 10.1021/ma2009996.

Karamdoust, Solmaz & Yu, Binyu & Bonduelle, Colin & Liu, Yu & Davidson, Greg & Stojcevic, Goran & Yang, Jun & M. Lau, Woon & R. Gillies, Elizabeth. (2012). Preparation of antibacterial surfaces by hyperthermal hydrogen induced cross-linking of polymer thin films. J. Mater. Chem.. 22. 4881-4889. 10.1039/C2JM15814K.

Karamdoust, Solmaz & Bonduelle, Colin & C. Amos, Ryan & A. Turowec, Bethany & Guo, Sharon & Ferrari, Lorenzo & R. Gillies, Elizabeth. (2013). Synthesis and properties of butyl rubber-poly(ethylene oxide) graft copolymers with high PEO content. Journal of Polymer Science A Polymer Chemistry. 51. 3383-3394. 10.1002/pola.26733.

Bonduelle, Colin & J. McEachran, Matthew & Karamdoust, Solmaz & R. Gillies, Elizabeth. (2013). An oxygenated rubber derivative as a compatibilizer for the preparation of polymer films. Journal of Coatings Technology and Research. 10. . 10.1007/s11998-013-9481-7.

Wu, Wei & Karamdoust, Solmaz & A. Turowec, Bethany & R. Gillies, Elizabeth. (2013). Synthesis and application of cinnamate-functionalized rubber for the preparation of UV-curable films. European Polymer Journal. 49. 4238-4248. 10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2013.10.003.

Karamdoust, Solmaz & Crewdson, Patrick & Ingratta, Mark & R. Gillies, Elizabeth. (2014). Synthesis and properties of arborescent polyisobutylene-poly(ethylene oxide) graft copolymers: A comparison of linear and arborescent graft copolymer architectures. Polymer International. 64. . 10.1002/pi.4795.