Jeffrey W. Stansbury

Jeff Stansbury
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering • Professor of Restorative Dentistry - UCHSC • Biomaterials Research Center UCHSC/UCB, Director



B.S., University of Maryland (1977)
PhD., University of Maryland (1988)


  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society - Honorary Member (2010)
  • Wilmer Souder Award - IADR Dental Materials Group Distinguished Scientist (2009)
  • University of Colorado Pinnacles of Inventorship Group (2005)
  • New Inventor of the Year - University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (2004)
  • University of Colorado, Emerging Leaders Fellow (2003-2004)
  • Department of Commerce Bronze Medal (1999)

Selected Publications

  • Kaastrup K, Aguirre-Soto A, Stansbury JW, Bowman CN, Sikes HD. UV-Vis/FT-NIR in-situ monitoring of visible-light induced polymerization of PEGDA hydrogels initiated by eosin/triethanolamine/O2. Polymer Chemistry 2016; 7:592-602.
  • Dailing EA, Nair DP, Setterberg WK, Kyburz KA, Yang C, D’Ovidio T, Anseth KS, Stansbury JW. Combined, independent small molecule release and shape memory via nanogel-coated thiourethane polymer networks. Polymer Chemistry 2016; 7:816-825.
  • Stansbury JW, Idacavage M. 3D printing with polymers: challenges among expanding options and opportunities. Dental Materials 2016; 32:54-64.
  • Randolph L, Steinhaus J, Möginger B, Gallez B, Stansbury J, Palin W, Leloup G, Leprince J. Photopolymerization of filled dimethacrylate-based dental composites using Type I or Type II photoinitiators and varying co-monomer ratios. Dental Materials 2016; 32:136-148.
  • Podgórski M, Becka E, Claudino M, Flores A, Shah P, Stansbury JW, Bowman CN. Ester-free Thiol-ene Dental Restoratives - Part B: Composite Development. Dental Materials 2015; 31:1263-1270.
  • Podgórski M, Becka E, Claudino M, Flores A, Shah P, Stansbury JW, Bowman CN. Ester-free Thiol-ene Dental Restoratives - Part A: Resin Development. Dental Materials 2015; 31:1255-1262.
  • Aguirre-Soto A, Hwang AT, Glugla D, McLeod R, Bowman CN, Stansbury JW. Coupled UV-Vis/FT-NIR spectroscopy for kinetic analysis of multiple reaction steps in polymerizations. Macromolecules 2015; 48:6781–6790.
  • Dailing EA, Stansbury JW. Rapidly photocurable nanogels as water-based, multi-substrate adhesives. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces (submitted).
  • Forman DL, McLeod RR, Shah PK, Stansbury JW. Evaporation of low-volatility components in polymeric dental resins. Dental Materials 2015; 31:1091-1099.
  • Sridhar B, Dailing E, Brock JL, Stansbury JW, Randolph MA, Anseth KS. A biosynthetic scaffold that facilitates chondrocyte-mediated degradation and promotes articular cartilage extracellular matrix deposition. Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine DOI 10.1007/s40883-015-0002-3.
  • Yang F, Yang J, Zheng K, Stansbury JW, Nie J. Electro-induced cationic polymerization of vinyl ethers by using ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate as initiator. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 2015; 216:380-385.
  • Gotti VB, Feitosa VP, Sauro S, Correr-Sobrinho L, Leal FB, Stansbury JW, Correr AB. Effect of antioxidants on the dentin interface bond stability of adhesives exposed to hydrolytic degradation. Journal of Adhesive Dentistry 2015; 17:35-44.
  • Szczepanski CR, Stansbury JW. Modification of linear prepolymers to tailor heterogeneous network formation through photo-initiated Polymerization-Initiated Phase Separation. Polymer 2015; 70:8-18.
  • Pfeifer CS, Shelton ZR, Wilson ND, Windmoller D, Stansbury JW. Tailoring heterogeneous polymer networks through polymerization-induced phase separation: influence of composition on network structure and domain size and distribution. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science (submitted).
  • Szczepanski CR, Stansbury JW. Accessing photo-based morphological control in phase-separated, cross-linked networks through delayed gelation. European Polymer Journal 2015; 67:314-325.
  • Dailing EA, Setterberg WK, Stansbury JW. Photopolymerizable nanogels as macromolecular precursors to covalently crosslinked water-based networks. Soft Matter 2015; 11:5647-5655.

Research Interests

Polymeric biomaterials, degradablepolymers, hyperbranched polymers, photopolymerization, expanding monomers
Polymers used in biomedical materials applications take many different forms and functions. We are designing, synthesizing, characterizing and evaluating novel polymeric materials for a wide array of dental and biomedical applications. Some of these materials, such as dental restorations, are intended for permanent placement while others, as with drug delivery vehicles, can be designed to degrade and clear the body after their service is complete. Other analytical efforts are directed toward a better understanding of existing biomaterials and polymerization processes in general. We are developing new monomers based on free radical polymerization routes that can be used in the body to form completely degradable networks. New pathways to highly versatile hyperbranched polymers are being investigated. These hyperbranched materials are being evaluated as drug delivery devices, controlled microgel particles and macromonomers. Basic photopolymerization studies are underway to better understand the influence that monomer structure and comonomer composition has on polymerization rates and polymer properties in network and interpenetrating network copolymer systems. The unique processing controls afforded by photopolymerization are being exploited to produce novel hybrid polymeric materials. Finally, we are developing monomers with minimal polymerization shrinkage and applying ring-opening polymerization methods to obtain practical expanding monomers. Dimensionally stable polymerizations are important in diverse applications including adhesives, coatings, lithography, microelectronics and strain-free polymers.