Keke Chen

Doctoral Student 

Phone: 347-277-8172


M.S., Material Science and Engineering: 2012
Iowa State University, Ames, IA

B.S., Chemical Engineering: 2010
Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Current Research

Continuous process for post-fabrication functionalization of poly(urethane) and poly(ester urea)s films/filbers; Real-time mechano-optical behavior of amino acid-based poly(ester urea)s


K Chen, NZ Dreger, F Peng, BD Vogt, ML Becker, M Cakmak* “Nonlinear Mechano-Optical Behavior and Strain-Induced Structural Changes of L-Valine-Based Poly(ester urea)s” Macromolecules, 2018, submitted.

MB Wandel, G Guzman, K Chen, Y Gao, F Peng, M Cakmak*, ML Becker* “Melt Spinning of Valine-Based Poly(ester urea)s Suitable for Soft Tissue Repair” Polymer, 2018, submitted.

Chen, K.; Yu, J.; Guzman, G.; Es-haghi, S.S.; Becker, M.L.; Cakmak, M. “Role of Hydrogen Bonding on Nonlinear Mechano-Optical Behavior of L-Phenylalanine-Based Poly(ester Urea)s” Macromolecules, 2017.

Thunga, M.; Chen, K.; Grewell, D.; Kessler, M. R. “Bio-Renewable Precursor Fibers from Lignin/polylactide Blends for Conversion to Carbon Fibers” Carbon, 2014, 68, 159–166.