Kaden received a BS in polymer science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2018. While at USM, he worked under Dr. Joseph Lott and Dr. Charles McCormick to create polymeric materials for solar cells and water purification respectively. Kaden then joined the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering where he has worked under Dr. Matthew Tirrell since 2019.
Kaden's primary research focus in Dr. Tirrell's lab is discovering structure-property relationships in polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs). He utilizes a variety of controlled radical polymerization and post-polymerization reaction techniques to create architecturally complex polyelectrolytes which form PECs with unique advantages. Once formed, he characterizes these PECs with SAXS, rheology, optical microscopy and isothermal titration calorimetry to fully understand the effect of polyelectrolyte architecture on PEC properties.
Alexander E. Marras, Jeffrey M. Ting, Kaden C. Stevens, and Matthew V. Tirrell. "Advances in the Structural Design of Polyelectrolyte Complex Micelles". J. Phys. Chem. B, 2021, 125, 26, 7076-7089.
Alexander E Marras, Jeffrey M Ting, Kaden C Stevens, Matthew V Tirrell. "Advances in the Structural Design of Polyelectrolyte Complex Micelles". The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2021