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Office Location: NHB 5.510

Zachariah A. Page

Assistant Professor

Department Research Areas:
Advanced Materials, Polymers and Nanotechnology

Research Group Website

Educational Qualifications

Postdoc, Materials Research Lab, University of California Santa Barbara (2015-2018)
Ph.D., Polymer Science & Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2015)
B.S. Chemistry, Juniata College (2010)

Courses Taught

CH320M/328M: Organic Chemistry, Part I
CH367L/391 & CHE355: Macromolecular Chemistry
CH375P/393P & CHE 379/384T: Advanced Polymer Synthesis
CH108: Texas Undergraduate Mentoring System (TUMS)
CH204/NSC109/CH369K: Freshman Research Initiative (FRI)


Materials; Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; Organic Chemistry; Polymer Chemistry; Synthetic Methods


The ZAP Research Group employs materials chemistry to bring new capabilities to interdisciplinary pursuits including 3D printing, tissue engineering, organic electronics, and impact damping. Using the tools of molecular engineering, organic (polymer) synthesis, and materials characterization, the group is actively working to harness efficient visible and near infrared chemical reactivity, bioinspired hydrogels, stretchable semiconductors, and tough elastomers. We are particularly excited by light as a stimulus to control when and where reactions occur, and as such, photochemistry is a pervasive motif in the group.

Awards & Honors

Herman F. Mark Young Scholar, Polymer Division of American Chemical Society (2024)
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (link) (2023)
UT Austin, CNS Teaching Excellence Award (link) (2022)
DoD Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (ECASE) (2022)
ACS PMSE Young Investigator Award (link) (2022)
Cottrell Scholar Award, Research Corporation for Science Advancement (link) (2022)
International Advisory Board member for Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics (2021)
RadLaunch Award (link) (2021)
3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award (2021)
DoD AFOSR Young Investigator (2021)
ACS Petroleum Research Fund, Doctoral New Investigator Grant (2019)
3M Honorarium (2019)
“Outstanding Reviewer for Polymer Chemistry” (2018/19)
DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE SCGF) (2010-2013)

Selected Publications

  • Stafford, A.; Allen, S. R.; Grusenmeyer, T. A.; O’Dea, C. J.; Estergreen, L.; Roberts, S. T.*; Page, Z. A.* “Thiophene-Fused Boron Dipyrromethenes as Energy Efficient Near-Infrared Photocatalysts for Radical Polymerizations.” Mater. Chem. A, 2023, 11, 22259-22266. DOI: 10.1039/D3TA04462A
  • Chung, K.-Y.; Uddin, A.; Page, Z. A.* “Record Release of Tetramethylguanidine using a Green Light Activated Photocage for Rapid Synthesis of Soft Materials.” Sci., 2023, 14, 10736-10743. DOI: 10.1039/D3SC04130A
  • Kiker, M. T.; Uddin, A.; Stevens, L. M.; Chung, K.-Y.; Lu, P.; Page, Z. A.* “Visible Light Activated Coumarin Photocages: An Interplay Between Radical and Organobase Generation to Govern Thiol-Ene Polymerizations.” Chem., 2023, 14, 3843-3850. DOI: 10.1039/D3PY00771E
  • Zhou, J.; Seo, J.; Wu, Y.; Ambulo, C. P.; Marsh, Z. M.; Lee, K. N.; Godman, N. P.; Page, Z. A.* “Cooperative Liquid Crystal Photo-Polymerization and -Alignment with In Situ Monitoring for Substrate Independent Patterning of Optical Anisotropy.” Funct. Mater., 2023, Early View, 2308828. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.202308828
  • Chung, K.-Y.; Page, Z. A.* “Boron-Methylated Dipyrromethene as a Green Light Activated Type I Photoinitiator for Rapid Radical Polymerizations.” Am. Chem. Soc., 2023, 145, 17912–17918. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.3c05373
  • Rylski, A. K.; Maraliga, T.; Wu, Y.; Recker, E. A.; Arrowood, A. J.; Sanoja, G. E.; Page, Z. A.* “Digital Light Processing 3D Printing of Soft Semicrystalline Acrylates with Localized Shape Memory and Stiffness Control.” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2023, 15, 34097-34107. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.3c07172
  • Uddin, A.; Allen, S. R.; Rylski, A. K.; O’Dea, C. J.; Ly, J. T.; Grusenmeyer, T. A.; Roberts, S. T.*; Page, Z. A.* “Do The Twist: Efficient Heavy-Atom-Free Visible Light Polymerization Facilitated by Spin-Orbit Charge Transfer Inter-system Crossing.” Chem. Int. Ed., 2023, 62, e202219140. DOI: 10.1002/anie.202219140
  • Stevens, L. M.; Recker, E. A.; Zhou, K. A.; Garcia, V. G.; Mason, K. S.; Tagnon, C.; Abdelaziz, N.; Page, Z. A.* “Counting All Photons: Efficient Optimization of Visible Light 3D Printing.” Mater. Technol., 2023, Early View, 2300052. DOI: 10.1002/admt.202300052
  • Wang, H.; Jones, L. O.; Zhao, T.; Hwang, I.; Lynch, V. M.; Khashab, N. M.; Schatz, G. C.*; Page, Z. A.*; Sessler, J. L.* “Fluorescent Copolymer Aggregate Sensor for Lithium Chloride.” Sci., 2023, 14, 4120-4125. DOI: 10.1039/D2SC05342J
  • Allen, M. J.; Lien, H.-M.; Prine, N.; Burns, C.; Rylski, A.; Gu, X.; Cox, L.; Mangolini, F.; Freeman, B. D.; Page, Z. A.* “Multimorphic Materials: Spatially Tailoring Mechanical Properties via Selective Initiation of Interpenetrating Polymer Networks.” Mater., 2023, 35, 2210208. DOI: 10.1002/adma.202210208
  • Chung, K.-Y.; Halwachs, K. N.; Lu, P.; Sun, K.; Silva, H. A.; Rosales, A. M.; Page, Z. A.* “Rapid Hydrogel Formation via Tandem Visible Light Photouncaging and Bioorthogonal Ligation.” Cell Rep. Phys. Sci., 2022, 3, 101185. DOI: 10.1016/j.xcrp.2022.101185
  • Rylski, A. K.; Cater, H. L.; Mason, K. S.; Allen, M. J.; Arrowood, A. J.; Freeman, B. D.; Sanoja, G. E.; Page, Z. A.* “Polymeric Multimaterials by Photochemical Patterning of Crystallinity.” Science, 2022, 378, 211-215. DOI: 10.1126/science.add6975
  • Weeks, J. A.; Lauro, S. N.; Burrow, J. N.; Xiao, H.; Pender, J. P.; Rylski, A. K.; Hugh, D.; Page, Z. A.; Ellison, C. J.*; Mullins, C. B.* “Camphene-Assisted Fabrication of Free-Standing Lithium-Ion Battery Electrode Composites.” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2022, 14, 45240-45253. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.2c08143
  • Cater, H. L.; Balynska, I.; Allen, Marshall J.; Freeman, B. D.; Page, Z. A.* “A User Guide to Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization of endo Norbornene Monomers with Chelated Initiators.” Macromolecules, 2022, 55, 6671-6679. DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.2c01196
  • Corsetti, S.; Notaros, M.; Sneh, T.; Stafford, A.; Page, Z. A.; Notaros, J.* “Visible-Light Integrated Optical Phased Arrays for Chip-Based 3D Printing.” Integrated Photonics Research, Silicon and Nanophotonics, 2022, IM2B.4. DOI: 10.1364/IPRSN.2022.IM2B.4
  • Review: Zhang, Q.; Zhou, Y.; Ahmed, M.; Khashab, N. M.; Han, W.*; Wang, H.*; Page, Z. A.*; Sessler, J. L.* “Anion extractants constructed by macrocycle-based anion recognition.” Mater. Chem. A, 2022, 10, 15297-15308. DOI: 10.1039/D2TA03791B
  • Huang, S.-Y.; Wang, H.; Khashab, N. M.; Page, Z. A.*; Sessler, J. L.* “Polystyrene-Supported Neutral Lithium Receptor for High-Purity LiPF6 from Simulated Degraded Electrolyte.” Mater. Chem. A, 2022, 10, 14788-14794. DOI: 10.1039/D2TA03220A
  • Stevens, L. M.; Tagnon, C.; Page, Z. A.* ““Invisible” Digital Light Processing 3D Printing with Near Infrared Light.” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces2022, 14, 20, 22912–22920. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.1c22046
  • Haris, U.; Plank, J. T.; Li, B.; Page, Z. A.; Lippert, A. R.* “Visible Light Chemical Micropatterning Using a Digital Light Processing Fluorescence Microscope.” ACS Cent. Sci., 2021, ASAP. DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.1c01234
  • Ju, H.; Zhu, C. N.; Wang, H.*; Page, Z. A.*; Wu, Z. L.*; Sessler, J. L.*; Huang, F.* “Paper without a trail: Time-dependent encryption using pillar[5]arene-based host‒guest invisible ink.” Adv. Mater., 2021, Early View, 2108163. DOI: 10.1002/adma.202108163
  • Wang, H.; Jones, L. O.; Hwang, I.; Allen, M.; Tao, D.; Lynch, V. M.; Freeman, B. D.; Khashab, N. M.; Schatz, G. C.*; Page, Z. A.*; Sessler, J. L.* “Selective Separation of Lithium Chloride by Organogels Containing Strapped Calix[4]pyrroles.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2021, 143, 20403–20410. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.1c10255
  • Ahn, D.†; Stevens, L. M.†; Zhou, K.; Page, Z. A.* “Additives for Ambient 3D Printing with Visible Light.” Adv. Mater., 2021, 33, 2104906. DOI: 10.1002/adma.202104906
  • Allen, M. J.†; Sujanani, R.†; Chamseddine, A.; Freeman, B. D.; Page, Z. A.* “Mechanically Robust Hydrophobized Double Network Hydrogels for Water Purification.” J. Polym. Sci., 2021, 59, 2581–2589. DOI: 10.1002/pol.20210260
  • Highlighted in Early-career investigator special issue
  • Lu, P.†; Ahn, D.†; Delafresnaye, L.; Yunis, R.; Corrigan, N.; Boyer, C.*; Barner-Kowollik, C.*; Page, Z. A.* “Wavelength Selective Light-Matter Interactions in Polymer Science.” Matter, 2021, 4, 2172-2229. DOI: 10.1016/j.matt.2021.03.021
  • Lu, P.†; Chung, K.-Y.†; Stafford, A.; Kiker, M.; Kafle, K.; Page, Z. A.* “Boron Dipyrromethene (BODIPY) in Polymer Chemistry.” Polym. Chem., 2021, 12, 327-348. DOI: 10.1039/D0PY01513J
  • Ahn, D.; Stevens, L. M.; Zhou, K.; Page, Z. A.* “Rapid High Resolution Visible Light 3D Printing.” ACS Cent. Sci., 2020, 6, 1555-1563. DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.0c00929
  • Highlighted in HepatoChem’s The 20 Must Read Photochemistry Papers from 2020, C&E News, First Reactions, the American Chemical Society, ScienceDaily,, Chemistry Views, New Atlas, Azo Optics, World Industrial Reporter, and EurekAlert! (September, 2020)
  • Stafford, A.; Ahn, D.; Raulerson, E. K.; Chung, K.-Y.; Sun, K.; Cadena, D. M.; Forrister, E. M.; Yost, S. R.; Roberts, S. T.; Page, Z. A.* “Catalyst Halogenation Enables Rapid and Efficient Polymerizations with Visible to Near-Infrared Light.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2020, 142, 14733-14742. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.0c07136
  • Ji, X.*; Wang, H.; Wang, H.*; Zhao, T.; Page, Z. A.*; Khashab, N. M.; Sessler, J. L.* “Removal of Organic Micropollutants from Water by Macrocycle-Containing Covalent Polymer Networks.” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl., 2020, 59, 23402-23412. DOI: 10.1002/anie.202009113
  • Guo, C.; Wang, H.; Lynch, V. M.; Ji, X*; Page, Z. A.*; Sessler, J. L.* “Molecular recognition of pyrazine N,N’-dioxide using aryl extended calix[4]pyrroles.” Chem. Sci., 2020, 11, 5650-5657. DOI: 10.1039/D0SC01496F
  • Wang, H.; Ji, X.*; Page, Z. A.*; Sessler, J. L.* “Fluorescent Materials-Based Information Storage.” Mater. Chem. Front. 2020, 4, 1024-1039. DOI: 10.1039/C9QM00607A