University of Wisconsin-Madison

Samantha Schmitt



Contact Information:

Graduate Student

Department Affiliation:

Materials Science Program

Education Background:

M.S. Material Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of New Mexico

Research Description:

Thin polymer coatings for well-defined stem cell culture.


  1. S.K. Schmitt, A.W. Xie, R.M. Ghassemi, D.J. Trebatoski, W.L. Murphy, P. Gopalan. Polyethylene glycol coatings on plastic substrates for chemically defined stem cell culture. Advanced Healthcare Materials, Accepted.
  2. S.K. Schmitt, W.L. Murphy, P. Gopalan. Crosslinked PEG mats for peptide immobilization and stem cell adhesion. Journal of Materials Chemistry B 2013, 1, 1349-1360. 
  3. Eskelsen, J.R.; Qi, Y.; Schneider-Pollack, S.; Schmitt, S.K.; Hipps, K.W.; Mazur, U., Correlating elastic properties and molecular organization of an ionic organic nanostructure. Nanoscale 2014, 6, 316-327.
  4. Sweat, D., Kim, M., Yu, X., Schmitt, S.K., Han, E., Choi, J., Gopalan, P., A dual functional layer for block copolymer self-assembly and the growth of nanopatterned polymer brushes. Langmuir 2013, 29, 12858-12865.

Awards & Honors:

  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellowship, Summer 2008, Washington State University
  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellowship, Summer 2007, University of New Mexico
  • New Mexico Lottery Scholarship (2005-2009)


  • S.K. Schmitt, P. Gopalan, W.L. Murphy. Azlactone based thermally crosslinkable polymer coating for controlling cell behavior. U.S. Patent Application, Filed 2015.