• Jeffrey Bates (date unknown). J. Bates, J. Magda, Time Interval and Continuous Testing of Stimuli Responsive Hydrogels, MRS Proceedings (2013). Accepted, .
  • Bates, JS and Sparks TD (date unknown). J.S. Bates and T.D. Sparks, Teaching Innovation in Materials Science and Engineering, ASEE Rocky Mountain Section Meeting, Conference Proceedings (2016). Accepted, .
  • Jeffrey Bates (date unknown). J.S. Bates, A First-Year Course Based on Conceptual Design, ASEE First-Year Programs Division (2014). Accepted, .
  • Karen Krapcho (date unknown). K. Krapcho, N. Farhang, C. Orantes, J. Bates, How to Recruit and Retain Students Using an Engineering Ambassador Program, ASEE Community Engagement Division (2014). Accepted, .
  • Jeffrey Bates (date unknown). J.S. Bates, S.H. Cho, P. Tathireddy, L.W. Rieth, J.J. Magda, Smart Hydrogels Designed for Used in Microfabricated Sensor Arrays, MRS Proceedings 1570 (2013). Accepted, .
  • Jeffrey Bates (date unknown). J. Bates, L. Whitson, K. Albertson, N. Hickerson, P. Nichols, B. Larson, T. Sparks, Molecular Imprinted Hydrogels in Drug Delivery Applications, MRS Proceedings 1797 (2015). Accepted, .
  • Kaylon Draney (date unknown). Biological Superabsorbent Polymers. TMS. Accepted, .
  • Jeffrey Bates (date unknown). Polymer interfaces with small-scale biological systems and the impact on sperm viability. TMS. Accepted, .
  • JEFFREY SCOTT BATES (date unknown). J. Bates, J. Magda, pH-Responsive Hydrogels and their Applications in Chemomechanical Sensors, ScienceJet 4 (2014) 128. Accepted, .
  • JEFFREY SCOTT BATES (date unknown). J. Bates, J. Magda, Chemomechanical pH Sensor Response Time and its Dependence on Hydrogel Thickness, Journal of Chemistry and Biochemistry (2015). Accepted, .
  • Karthikeyan Baskaran (date unknown). Membrane synthesis via in-situ pore formation in silica gels through dynamic miscibility with soybean oil. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. Accepted, .
  • Nicole Mortensen (date unknown). Cross Linking-Dependent Drug Kinetics in Hydrogels for Ophthalmic Delivery. Polymers. Accepted, .
  • JEFFREY SCOTT BATES (date unknown). J. Bates, J. Magda, Storage and Operational Stability of pH-Responsive Hydrogels, Global Journal of Science Frontier Research, 14 (2014) 6. Accepted, .
  • Jeffrey Bates (date unknown). J. Bates, P. Tathireddy, S. Buetefisch, J. Magda, An Improved Design for Chemomechanical Sensors: The “Boss” Sensor, Chemosensors (2013). Accepted, .
  • P. Nichols (date unknown). Physical Properties and Behaviors of Molecular Imprinted Hydrogels for Clinical Use. World Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Accepted, .
  • P. Nichols (date unknown). Pharmacokinetics of Molecular Imprinted Hydrogels as Drug Delivery Vehicles. Biochemistry & Pharmacology. Accepted, .
  • Patrick Nichols (date unknown). P.E. Nichols, J.S. Bates, T.D. Sparks, Material replacement to reduce protein loss during hemodialysis, Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology. Accepted, .
  • Jeffrey Bates (date unknown). J.S. Bates, M.A. Adams, T.D. Sparks, Investigation of Rice as an Absorbent and Degradable Material for Personal Hygiene Applications, Journal of Advanced Chemical Engineering (accepted). Accepted, .
  • Jeffrey Bates (date unknown). J.S. Bates, Survey of Engineering: A Guide to Choosing an Engineering Major, Kendall Hunt Publishing, Dubuque, IA, 2014. Accepted, .

Research Statement

Using Translational Research for the Development of Materials with Applications in Health Care and Sustainability

The focus of my research has been primarily in polymer materials used in both health care and sustainability applications.  I have a number of current research projects that are specifically aimed at hydrogels and their uses in optical drug delivery, stimuli-responsive materials in the design of self-monitoring irrigation systems, phase change materials used for thermal management systems, and super absorbent polymers that will degrade under environmental conditions for use by women in developing countries for personal hygiene. 

Creating chemical sensors from stimuli-responsive hydrogels was the focus of my dissertation work.  I used hydrogels with tertiary amine groups as the signal recognition component of the hydrogels.  The amine groups became protonated as the pH decreased, causing an electrostatic repulsion, and therefore a mechanical swelling.  The swelling pressure exerted by the hydrogel was measured with a piezoresistive pressure sensor.  One of the facets of this project was to optimize both the response time and swelling response. 

In addition, I currently have an active research project making polymers imprinted with a glaucoma drug.  These polymers are being explored as a potential drug delivery device that would deliver the drug directly to the ocular surface.  The project is in its infancy, but we have already obtained results with UV-Vis, showing that the drug is released from the polymer.  Progress is being made to determine the reversibility of binding as well as the extraction coefficient and the time for drug release.

Research Keywords

  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Juvenile Law
  • Motion Guidance
  • Petroleum Science
  • Plant Physiology or Morphology


  • Global Public Health Grand Round: Increasing Access to Hygiene Products in Developing Countries. , Presented, 2017.
  • Hydrophobic Surface Modification of Sintered UHMWPE Ski Base Materials. , Presented, 2021.
  • Combating Plastic Waste Accumulation through Innovative Biodegradable Superabsorbent Polymers Used in Disposable Consumer Products. , Presented, 2021.
  • An investigation of tribological measurements of ski and snowboard wax materials and the temperature-dependence on performance properties and abrasion-resistance. , Presented, 2021.
  • J.S. Bates and T.D. Sparks, Teaching Innovation in Materials Science and Engineering, ASEE Rocky Mountain Section Meeting, Conference Proceedings (2016). , Presented, 2016.
  • Molecular Imprinted Hydrogels for Drug Delivery Applications. , Presented, 2015.

Research Groups

  • Hailee Wright, . 2019 - present.
  • Zach Robinson, . 2019 - present.
  • Zach Putnam, . 2019 - present.
  • Auri Bauer, . 2019 - present.
  • Amelia Heiner, . 2019 - present.
  • Curtis Session, . 2018 - present.
  • Isaac Kreiger, . 2018 - present.
  • Aruna Dhungel, . 2018 - present.
  • Antonio Vasquez, . 2017 - present.
  • Nicole Mortensen, . 2017 - present.
  • Jaxon Roller, . 2017 - present.
  • Thomas Shober, . 2017 - present.
  • Ashley Kennedy, . 2017 - present.
  • Nicole Mortensen, . 2017 - present.
  • Amber Barron, . 2017 - 2019.
  • Gerrit Winkel, . 2016 - present.
  • Christian Robert, . 2016 - 2017.
  • Daniel Nguyen, . 2016 - 2017.
  • Aaron Dobron, . 2016 - present.
  • Tom Folke, . 2016 - 2017.
  • Jake James, . 2016 - 2017.
  • Ashlea Patterson, . 2016 - present.
  • Alicia Dibble, . 2016 - present.
  • Andrew Mullenax, . 2015 - 2017.
  • Jared Bunn, . 2015 - 2017.
  • Amber Barron, . 2015 - present.
  • Richard Otero, . 2015 - 2016.

Research Equipment and Testing Expertise

  • QCM-I.
  • SLA 3D Printer.
  • Tribology.
  • Rheology.
  • Viscometry.
  • Contact Angle.
  • Environmental Chamber.
  • Adhesive Equipment.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Kenya
  • Guatemala
  • Pakistan
  • Australia