Professor of Polymer Science (601)266-4871     
    Department of Polymer Science (601)266-5504     
    University of Southern Mississippi [email protected]     
    Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0076  


    University of Iowa, Dubuque, IA; B.S. (with honors), Chemistry, 1971
    University of Michigan, Dearborn,MI, M.S., Chemistry, 1974
    University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI, Ph.D., 1976

    Professional Experience

    1989 -present
    Professor, Department of Polymer Science, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
    1983 - 1989
    Associate Professor, University of Southern Mississippi
    1981 - 1983
    Assistant Professor, University of Southern Mississippi
    1977 - 1981
    Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Auburn University
    1976 - 1977
    Post-doctoral Research Fellow and DHEW Trainee, University of California-San Diego, La Jolla, California

    Professional Affiliations

    American Chemical Society and its Divisions of: Polymer Chemistry, Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering, Chemical Education, Organic Chemistry; Sigma Xi, Mississippi Academy of Science

    Professional Activities

    Over $5 million over last 18 years
    Over 200 refereed papers
    Referee for:
    Journal of Polymer Science; Macromolecules; Makromolecular Chemie; Reactive Polymers; National Science Foundation; Journal of the American Chemical Society; Industrial and Engineering Chemistry; Petroleum Research Fund of the ACS; Member, Editorial Boards of: Journal of Polymer Science, Chemistry; Macromolecular Syntheses; Polymer Composites
    Contributing Editor, Polymer News; Faculty Member, 1984 Mississippi Governor's School Recipient; Visiting Professor, University of Northern Iowa, April 9-11, 1985; 1988 USM Applied Research Award; Co-organizer, Symposium on Advances in Polymer Characterization, Honolulu, Hawaii, December, 1989; Chairman, Mississippi Section, American Chemical Society, 1991; 1994 USM Basic Research Award

    Relevant Publications

    Mathias, Lon J. "Cyclopolymerization Overview: Recent Developments Leading to Molecular
           Control of Cyclization Efficiency," J. Trends in Polymer Science, 1996, 4(10), 310.

    Cypcar, Christopher C.; Camelio, Phillipe; Lazzeri, Veronique; Mathias, Lon J., Waegell,
           Bernard. "Prediction of the Glass Transition Temperature of Multicyclic and Bulky
           Substituted Acrylate and Methacrylate Polymers using the Energy, Volume, Mass (EVM)
           QSPR Model," Macromolecules, 1996, 29, 8954.

    McGowen, John; Mathias, Lon J. "Cationic Cure of Epoxy Resins via Benzylsulfonium Salts
           Covalently Bound to Glass Surfaces," Polymer Composites, 1997, 18(3), 332.

    Johnson, C. Greg and Mathias, Lon J. "Synthesis and Characterization of Copolymers of Nylon
           11 and Nylon 12," Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, 1997, 8, 161-171.

    Lewis, Charles; Wiegel, Kurt N.; and Mathias, Lon J. "Poly(ether ether ketone)s and Poly
           (ether sulfones) with Pendent Adamantyl Groups. Macromolecules, 1997, 30, 5970.

    Avci, Dugyu; Thigpen, Kevin T.; Mathias, Lon J. "Photopolymerization Studies of Alkyl and
           Aryl Ester Derivatives of Ethyl -Hydroxymethylacrylates," J. Poly. Sci.; Polym. Chem. Ed.
           1996, 34(15), 3191.

    Tregre, Greg J.; Mathias, Lon J. "A Diacetylene Polymer via Oxidative Coupling of
           Dipropargylfluorene," J. Polym. Sci. A: Polym Chem., 1997, 35, 587.

    Grubb, Tina L.; Mathias, Lon J. "Benzyl Ether Polymers: Crystallinity and Pendant Adamantyl
           Effects," J. Poly. Sci.; Part A., 1997, 1743.

    Pojman, John A.; Elcan, W.; Khan, Aktar M.; Mathias, Lon J. "Binary Frontal Polymerization:
           A New Method to Produce Simultaneous Interpenetrating Polymer Networks (SINs),"
           Journal of Polymer Science: Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 1997, 35, 227.

    Avci, Duygu; Mathias, Lon J "Cyclopolymerization of Amine-Linked Diacrylate Monomers for
           Cyclopolymerization,". J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polymer Chem., 1997, 2111.

    Thompson, Robert D.; Michalovic, Mark; Mathias, LonJ. "A New Polymer with a Lower
           Critical Solution Temperature: Poly("-methoxymethyl acrylic acid)," Polym. Comm., 1997,
           39(12), 2693.

    Yagci, Havva; Mathias, Lon J. "Synthesis and Characterization of Aromatic Polyamides and
           Polyimides from Trimethyl- and Di-t-butylhydroquinone Based Ether Linked Diamines."
           Polymer, 1998, 39(16), 3779.

    Apichatachutapan, Wassana; Mathias, Lon J. "Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization of
           Cyclohexenyl Norbornene in Air and Protic Media using Ruthenium-Based Catalysts,"
           J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 1998, 67, 183.

    Grubb, Tina L.; Ulery, Victoria L.; Smith, Tara J., Tullos, Gordon L.; Yagci, Havva; Mathias,
           Lon J. "Highly Soluble Polyimides from Sterically Hindered Diamines," J. Polym. Sci.:
           Part A. Polym. Chem., in press.

    Avci, Duygu; Mathias, Lon J. "Synthesis and Cyclopolymerization of Novel Allyl-Acrylate
           Quaternary Ammonium Salts," Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry,
           in press.

    Tullos, Gordon L.; Mathias, Lon J. "Soluble Poly(amide-imide)s Prepared by One-Pot Solution
           Condensation," Journal of Polym. Sci.: Part A. Polym. Chem., in press.

    Tullos, Gordon L.; and Mathias, Lon J. "Unexpected Thermal Conversion of Hydroxy-Containing
           Polyimides to Polybenzoxazoles," Polym. Comm., in press.


    "Vinyl Monomers Capable of Forming Side-Chain Liquid Crystalline Polymers
    and the Resulting Polymers"
           L. J. Mathias and R. E. Hermes
           U.S. Patent 4,613,658, September 23, 1986.

    "Poly(1-oxy-3-lactam vinylenes)"
           L. J. Mathias and D. R. Moore
           U.S. Patent 4,644,050, February 17, 1987.

    "New Vinyl Monomers Capable of Forming Side-Chain Liquid Crystalline Polymers and the
    Resulting Polymers"
           L. J. Mathias and R. E. Hermes
           U. S. Patent 4,793,949, December 27, 1988.

    "Acrylate Ester Ether Derivatives"
           L. J. Mathias and S. H. Kusefoglu
           U.S. Patent 4,889,948, December 26, 1989.

    "Polymeric Compositions for Optical Devices"
           L. J. Mathias and D. A. Culberson
           U. S. Patent 4,977,229, December 11, 1990.

    "Polymers of Acrylate Ester Ether Derivatives"
           L. J. Mathias and S. H. Kusefoglu
           U.S. Patent 4,999,410, March 12, 1991.

    "In vivo Polymerizable Ophthalmic Compositions"
           S.T. Charles; M.E. Hammer, J.C. Lang, R.Y. Lochhead, and L.J. Mathias
           U.S. Patent 5,858,345, January 12, 1999.