Carmen Scholz

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Professor, Chemistry

Adjunct Professor, Materials Science

Office: MSB 333
Phone: 256.824.6188
Fax: 256.824.6349


  • Research Assistant at the University of Dresden, Germany 1987-92
  • Postdoc in Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 1992-94
  • Research Scientist at the International Center for Biomaterials Sciences, Noda, Japan, 1994-96
  • Research Associate in Chemistry, Univ. of Massachusetts, 1996-98
  • Assistant Professor, UAHuntsville, 1998-2004
  • Associate Professor, UAHuntsville, 2004-2009
  • Professor, UAHuntsville, 2009-

scholz-researchResearch Interests

Research concentrates on the synthesis and characterization of biocompatible and biodegradable polymers. We collaborate closely with the Boston Retinal Implant Project on the hermetic and biocompatible encapsulation of retinal implants. We study methods of deposition, physical properties and biocompatibility of materials that provide barrier properties and amphiphilic block copolymers that convey biocompatibility.

Natural-synthetic hybrid block and graft copolymers are synthesized and studied for the ability to self-assemble into nano and microparticles that can potentially act as drug delivery vehicles.

Selected Publications

“n-Butanol partitioning and phase behavior in DPPC/DOPC membranes" Y. Kurniawan, K.P. Venkataramanan, C. Scholz, G.D. Bothun, J. Phys. Chem. B 2012, 116, 5919-24.

“Impact of Impurities in Biodiesel-Derived Crude Glycerol on the fermentation by Clostridium pasteurianum ATCC 6013” Venkataramanan, K.P., Boatman, J.J. Kurniawan, Y., Taconi, K.A., Bothun, G.D., Scholz, C. Applied Microbiol. Biotechnol. 2012, 93(3), 1325-1335.

“Synthesis and self-assembly of well-defined Poly(amino acid) end Capped Poly(ethylene glycol) and Poly(2-methyl-2-oxazoline)” Obeid, R., Scholz, C. Biomacromolecules, 2011, 12 (10), 3797–3804.

“Prospectives to produce positively or negatively charged polyhydroxyalkanoic acids” Scholz, C. Appl.Microbiol. Biotechn. 2010, 88, 829-837

“Self-assembly of ABA triblock copolymers based on functionalized polydimethylsiloxane and polymethyloxazoline”, Theogarajan, L., Li, H., Busse, K., Desai, S., Kerssler, J., Scholz, C., Polymer International, 2010, 59 (9), 1191-1198

"Evaluation of a cationic poly(b-hydroxylalkanoate) as a plasmid DNA delivery system", Jeff Sparks and Carmen Scholz, Biomacromolecules 10, 1715-19 (2009).