Kathleen McEnnis

Contact Info

Email: kathleen.mcennis@njit.edu
Office: 382 TIERNAN
Phone: 973-596-6598
Dept: CHEMICAL ENGINEEING

Academic Interests: Polymers, nanoparticles, drug-delivery

About Me

Dr. McEnnis is an Assistant Professor at NJIT. Her research involves investigating the interaction of polymer drug delivery vehicles with the biological environment (cells, blood, proteins, and physiological temperature) using physical chemistry techniques in novel ways with the goal of designing better particles for drug delivery. Prior to joining NJIT, Dr. McEnnis was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan working with Prof. Joerg Lahann in the Chemical Engineering Department on multi-compartmental particles for drug delivery. She completed her PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from UMass Amherst under the guidance of Prof. Thomas P. Russell and also received a BS from MIT in Chemistry where she worked in Prof. Paula T. Hammond’s lab.

Education 

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2007 – 2013
    • Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering
      • ​Thesis Advisor: Thomas P. Russell
    • ​Master of Science in Polymer Science and Engineering, 2008
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003 – 2007
    • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Minor in Music

Honors and Awards

  • Best TA for PSE 602 at UMass Amherst as voted by students, Dec 2010
  • International Center for Materials Research International Research Fellowship, Nov 2009
  • Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship, Sept 2007 – Aug 2008

 

Research Interest

Investigate the interaction of polymer drug delivery vehicles with the biological environment (cells, blood, proteins, and physiological temperature) using physical chemistry techniques in novel ways to design particles for drug delivery.

Specifically we are interested in

  • Novel techniques to analyze nanoparticles in blood
  • Nanoparticle aggregation and protein corona formation in blood
  • Particle glass transition temperature in biological conditions
  • Cellular uptake of particles and the role of particle material properties

Publications

McEnnis, K.; LaPres, C.; Burkland, D.; Lahann, J.; Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis of Polymer Nanoparticles in Blood Plasma. In preparation.

McEnnis, K.; Dinsmore, A. D.; Russell, T. P. Solid Particles Adsorbed on Capillary-Bridge-Shaped Fluid Polystyrene Surfaces. Langmuir. 2015, 31, 5299−5305.
*Featured in a news article in MRS’s Materials360 Online. 2015, 15, (16).

Lutkenhaus, J. L.; McEnnis, K.; Serghei, A.; Russell, T.P. Confinement Effects on Crystallization and Curie Transitions of Poly (vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene).
Macromolecules. 2010, 43, (8), 3844-3850.

Serghei, A.; Lutkenhaus, J. L.; Miranda, D. F.; McEnnis, K.; Kremer, F.; Russell, T. P. Density Fluctuations and Phase Transitions of Ferroelectric Polymer Nanowires. Small. 2010, 6, (16), 1822-1826.

Supalo, C. A.; Mallouk, T. E.; Amorosi, C.; Lanouette, J.; Wohlers H. D.; McEnnis, K. Using Adaptive Tools and Techniques to Teach a Class of Students Who are Blind or Low-Vision. Journal of Chemical Education. 2009, 86, (5), 587-591.

Lutkenhaus, J. L.; McEnnis, K.; Hammond, P. T. Nano- and Microporous Layer-by-Layer Assemblies Containing Linear Poly(ethylenimine) and Poly(acrylic acid). Macromolecules. 2008, 41, (16), 6047-6054.

Lutkenhaus, J. L.; McEnnis, K.; Hammond, P. T. Tuning the Glass Transition and Ionic Conductivity of Poly(ethylene oxide)/Poly(acrylic acid) Layer-by-Layer Assemblies. Macromolecules. 2007, 40, (23), 8367-8373.

Lutkenhaus, J. L.; Hrabak, K. D.; McEnnis, K.; Hammond, P. T. Elastomeric Flexible Free-Standing Hydrogen-Bonded Nanoscale Assemblies. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2005, 127, (49), 17228-17234.