Polymer Research Group

Polymer Research Group

The Polymer group was founded by Judith Percino Z. PhD. and Victor Manuel Chapela Castañares PhD. in 1993.

The Polymers group’s research addresses fundamental problems in physical chemistry of materials, as is the property-structure relationship. Research is conducted on experimental and theoretical calculations of unconventional materials with low and high molecular weight in order to relate to their physical-chemical properties, to obtain feedback on the design of new compounds and bring them level synthesis and so improve the physical-chemical properties. Among those properties studied are phenomena such as photochromism, fluorescence, the polyelectrolyte effect, and conductivity.

Current issues related to changes in the molecular structure of materials, and key answering questions about everyday phenomena which are not entirely understood, are addressed. For example, ¿why is it that some materials exhibit fluorescence only as liquids?, ¿why not in solid state?, or why only in solid state? Or more so, ¿what makes materials have higher quantum efficiency? The synthesis of low molecular weight compounds functionalized to achieve polymers is carried out, which can be useful as electro-optical sensors, among other applications.

Prof. Judith Percino Zacarías

PhD in the Polymers Department of the Institute of Chemistry of Kazakhstan, Alma-Ata, of the former U.S.S.R.

1992- Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Head of Research in Mexico

(222) 2 29 55 00 ext. 7285, 7299.

Email: judith.percino@correo.buap.mx


Research Interest

Relevant Topics

Research is mainly carried out on the synthesis of novel monomers and polymerization processes, thus condensation, via free radicals and currently CRP, which are important for controlled processes.

The group probe the states of aggregation of colloidal particles in the presence of polyelectrolytes and multivalent ions. It is accompanied by experimental tools such as dilatometry, IR, NMR, Mass, including light scattering.

It synthesizes novel compounds (including polymers) with predetermined chemical structures, especially type o-, p- arsanilic, styrilpyridines, Schiff bases, phenylvynilidene, in order to study the optoelectronic properties (e.g. fluorescence quantum yield) for applications in OLEDs, biosensors, etc.

The conjugates are from the point of view of experimental-computational calculations, for which students must obtain experimental results and correlate with the results of theoretical calculations systems. This synergy allows us to elucidate structure-property trends leading to prediction of the physicochemical behavior of newly conjugated systems and thereby, prediction of the most appropriate tech - application.

Our research group is also interested in acrylonitriles derivatives, analyzing their physicochemical properties and supramolecular architectures using X-ray diffraction and the DFT method. In brief, Hirshfeld surfaces and 2D finger print plots are constructed to identify the differences in-between intermolecular interactions and contacts from different crystal structures. The lattice energies of the crystal structures are calculated using the PIXEL method and the energetics of various intermolecular interactions, present in different molecular pair, are quantified.



Current Member

Margarita Cerón Rivera

PhD in Chemical Sciences, Inorganic Chemistry. Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, 2007, BUAP.

Margarita Cerón Rivera completed her PhD at BUAP. Her work focused on the synthesis and applications of transition metal complexes used ligands with fluoride composition. Margarita joined at Polymer Group in 2008 and she focuses on the development of functionalized organic compound synthesis, crystallization and NMR spectroscopy.

Enrique Pérez Gutiérrez

PhD in Chemical Sciences, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, México, 2011

Postdoctoral fellowship, Group of Optical Properties of Materials, CIO, Mexico 2011-2015.

Enrique Pérez joined at group in 2016 through a CONACYT program  (Young Researchers of the National Council for Science and Technology- CONACYT). He is interested in organic electronic devices. He works on the design, fabrication and characterization of Organic Light Emitting Diodes and Organic and Hybrid Solar Cells. His interest also lies in understanding the phenomena related to the efficiency and stability of the devices.

Paulina Viridiana Ceballos Coca

Paulina studied chemistry at BUAP in 2015.

She joined at group in 2016; she is a technician in the characterization of materials.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Perumal Venkatesan

PhD in Chemistry, Bharathidasan University, TN, India, 2015

Dr. Venkatesan Perumal is originally from India and has been on a postdoctoral fellowship through the PRODEP-BUAP program since 2015. He is a high achieving and ambitious researcher whose interest is the applications of computational calculation for supramolecular studies of solid state organic compounds .


Karnambaram Anandhan

Dr. Anandhan is originally from India and has been on a postdoctoral fellowship through the PRODEP-BUAP program since 2017. He is a high achieving and ambitious researcher whose interest is the synthesis of organic compounds for their application in pharmaceuticals.

M. Fátima Beristain Manterola

PhD in Polymer Chemistry, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), 2015

Dr. Beristain joined at group in 2018. She has high qualifications in polymer chemistry in conductivity properties and characterization of macromolecules of high weight mass.

Research Students

Armando Edgar Castillo García

Armando is a Biomedicine student at BUAP, Puebla, Mexico. He is working on his Bachelor’s dissertation. He joined the group in 2016. 

Pilar Santos Percino

Pilar is a Biomedicine student at BUAP, Puebla, Mexico. She is working on her Bachelor’s dissertation. She joined the group in 2016. 



Quantitative analysis of weak non-covalent interactions in (Z)-3-(4-halophenyl)-2-(pyridin-2/3/4-yl)acrylonitriles.

Cryst. Eng. Comm. DOI:10.1039/C7CE02096A, 

Theoretical investigations of two adamantane derivatives: A combined X-ray, DFT, QTAIM analysis and molecular docking.

Journal of Molecular Structure, (2018), 1159, Pages 233-245.

Quantitative analysis of intermolecular interactions in 2,2'-((4-bromophenyl)methylene)bis(3-hydroxy-5,5-dimethylcyclohex-2-en-1-one): Insights from crystal structure, PIXEL, Hirshfeld surfaces and QTAIM analysis

J Chem Sci, (2018), 130: 20. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12039-018-1421-8 


Organic solar cells all made by blade and slot¿die coating techniques.

ISSN: 0038-092X. doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2017.02.004, Solar Energy, Vol.146, Pag.79-84

Two Different Emissions of (2Z)-2-(4-Bromophenyl)-3-[4-(dimethylamino)phenyl]prop-2-enenitrile Due to Crystal Habit and Size: Synthesis, Optical, and Supramolecular Characterization.

ISSN: 1528-7483. DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.6b01670, Crystal Growth & Design,  2017, 17 (4), pp 1679–1694


Crystal structure and Hirshfeld surface analysis of 1-carboxy-2-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)ethan-1- aminium bromide 2-ammonio-3-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl) propanoate.

ISSN 2056-9890. doi.org/10.1107/S2056989016015425, Acta Cryst, Vol.E72, Pag.1544-1548

Conformational and Molecular Structures of ¿, ß-Unsaturated Acrylonitrile Derivatives: Photophysical Properties and Their Frontier Orbitals.

ISSN: 1420-3049. doi:10.3390/molecules21040389 , Molecules, Vol.21, Pag.389-0

Changes in the luminescence emission of ¿,ß-unsaturated acrylonitrile derivatives: morphology,polymorphism and solvent effect.

ISSN: 1466-8033. DOI: 10.1039/c6ce01391k, CrystEngComm, Vol.18, Pag.7554-7572

2,2,6,6-Tetramethyl-1-oxopiperidinetribromide and two forms of 1-hydroxy-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidinium bromide salt: Syntheses, crystal structures andtheoretical calculations.

ISSN: 0022-2860. doi.org/10.1016/j.molstruc.2015.09.020, Journal of Molecular Structure, Vol.1103, Pag.254-264

Crystal structure and Hirshfeld surface analysis of 1-carboxy-2-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)ethan-1-aminium chloride 2-ammonio-3-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl) propanoate: a new polymorph of L-dopa HCl and isotypic with its bromide counterpart.

ISSN: 2056-9890, Acta Cryst, Vol.E72, Pag.1628-1632


(E)-2-[(2-hydroxybenzylidene)amino]phenylarsonic acid Schiff base: Synthesis, characterization and theoretical studies.

ISSN: 0022-2860. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.molstruc.2014.10.030, Journal of Molecular Structure, Vol.1081, Pag.193-2

Synthesis, characterization and theoretical calculations of model compounds of silanols catalyzed by TEMPO to elucidate the presence of Si¿O¿Si and Si¿O¿N bonds.

ISSN 2046-2069. DOI: 10.1039/c5ra10056a, RSC Advances, Vol.5, Pag.79829-79844

Synthesis and molecular structure of the 1-phenyl-2- (2-pyridyl)ethanol intermediate obtained from the condensation reaction of 2-picoline and benzaldehyde.

ISSN: 0922-6168. DOI 10.1007/s11164-013-1471-y, Res Chem Intermed, Vol.41, Pag.3563-3572

X-ray Structures of Precursors of Styrylpyridine-Derivatives Used to Obtain 4-((E)-2-(Pyridin-2-yl)vinyl)benzamido- TEMPO: Synthesis and Characterization. 

ISSN: 1420-3049. doi:10.3390/molecules20045793, Molecules, Vol.20, Pag.5793-5811


Polarization Anisotropy Of Photoluminescence From Triphenylamine-based Molecular Single Crystals.

ISSN: 1521-4079. DOI: 10.1002/crat.201300191, Crystal Research and Technology, Vol.48, Pag.1039-1043

Molecular Packing And Solid-state Fluorescence Of Conjugated Compounds Of Carbazole-acrylonitrile Derivatives.

ISSN: 1877-9468. DOI: 10.2174/1877946803666131213231346, Current Physical Chemistry, Vol.4, Pag.137-150

Michael Addition Of Phenylacetonitrile To The Acrylonitrile Group Group Leading To Diphenylpentanedinitrile. Structural Data And Theoretical Calculations.

ISSN: 0366-6352. DOI: 10.2478/s11696-013-0503-9, Chem. Papers, Vol.68, Pag.668-680

X-ray Molecular Structure And Theoretical Study Of 1,4-bis[2-cyano-2-(o-pyridyl)ethenyl]benzene.

ISSN: 0366-6352. DOI: 10.2478/s11696-013-0434-5, Chemical Papers, Vol.68, Pag.272-282

Important Role Of Molecular Packing And Intermolecular Interactions In Two Polymorphs Of (z)-2-phenyl-3-(4-(pyridin-2-yl)phenyl)acrylonitrile. Preparation, Structures And Optical Properties.

ISSN: 0022-2860. doi.org/10.1016/j.molstruc.2014.04.088, Journal of Molecular Structure, Vol.1078, Pag.74-82

Oxygen To Carbon Atoms Ratio Effect On The Size, Morphology And Purity Of Functionalized Carbon Nanoshells By Using Alcohol Mixtures As Carbon Sourc.

ISSN: 0008-6223. doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2014.04.080, Carbon, Vol.76, Pag.292-300

The effect of the supramolecular network of (Z)-3-(4-(diphenylamino)phenyl)-2-(pyridin-2-yl)- acrylonitrile on the fluorescence behavior of a single crystal: experimental and theoretical studies.

ISSN 1466-8033 . DOI: 10.1039/c4ce00327f, CrystEngComm, Vol.16, Pag.8591-8604

Theoretical Inhibition Efficiency Study of Schiff Base (E)-2-(2-hydroxybenzylideneamino) phenylarsonic Acid and its Isomers,

International Journal of ELECTROCHEMICAL SCIENCE, Vol. , Pag.7890-7903

Physicochemical Study By Multi-angle Light Scattering Of Water-soluble Methacryloylaminophenylarsonate Copolymers.

ISSN: 1022-9760. DOI 10.1007/s10965-014-0492-6, Journal of Polymer Research, Vol.21, Pag.492-503

Using of Novel Halides in the ATRP Polymerization. Estimation of Polymer Molecular Mass.

ISSN: 1521-3900. DOI: 10.1002/masy.201300144, Macromolecular Symposia, Vol.339, Pag.112-121


Comparative Theoretical Study Of The Uv/vis Absorption Spectra Of Styrylpyridine Compounds Using Td-dft Calculations.

ISSN: 1610-2940. DOI 10.1007/s00894-012-1602-1, Journal of molecular modeling, Vol.19,Pag.2015-2026

Theoretical and Experimental Spectroscopic Analysis of Cyano-Substituted StyrylpyridineCompounds.

ISSN 1422-0067. doi:10.3390/ijms14024005, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Vol.14, Pag.4005-4029

Solar Panel Optimization of a Parabolic Channel to Generate Electrical Energy.

ISBN: 978-988-19251-0-7, Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering 2013, Vol.I, Pag.496-500

Manufacture of 3D Möbius-Listing Models with a 3D Printer.

ISBN: 978-988-19251-0-7, Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering 2013, Vol.I, Pag.626-628,

Fluorescence Improvement Of Pyridylacrylonitrile By Dimethylaminophenylsubstitutions: The Effect Of Packing Modes Of Conjugated Compounds.

ISSN: 0022-2860. doi.org/10.1016/j.molstruc.2012.10.025, Journal Molecular Structure, Vol.1034, Pag.238-248


Raft Polymerization Kinetics Of Alpha-mehylbenzylmethacrylate By Dilatometry

ISSN: 1957-0585 doi.org/10.5539/jmsr.v1n3p96, Journal of Materials Science Research, Vol.1, Pag.96-105

Estudio Teórico Conformacional De La Trans-4-(m-cianoestiril)-piridina,

XI Reunión Mexicana de Fisicoquímica Teórica., Vol. , Pag.1-1

Determinación De Parámetros Macromoleculares Por Dispersión De Luz De Polielectrolitos Solubles En Agua,

XXV Congreso Nacional de la Sociedad Polimérica de México, Vol. , Pag.482-485,

Estudio Cinético Por Dilatometría En Reacciones De Polimerización Vía Radicales Libres Convencional Y Controlada De Monómeros Metacrílicos.,

Estudio Cinético por Dilatometría en Reacciones de Polimerización vía Radicales Libres Convencional
y Controlada de Monómeros Metacrílicos., Vol. , Pag.382-286

Synthesis And Characterization Of Conjugated Pyridine-(n-diphenylamino) Acrylonitrile Derivatives: Photophysical Properties.

ISSN: 1927-0585. doi:10.5539/jmsr.v1n2p181, Journal of Materials Science Research, Vol.1, Pag.181-192

Collaborative Networks

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The Polymer Research Group has been involved in Thematic Network Academic Collaboration focuses on the study of the property-structure materials relationship. The collaboration is with members belonging to national research centers, such as CIQA, CIMAV-MTY, IICO-UASLP, IPICYT, and CIO. From the scientific work so far, an intense academic activity of members in conferences, seminars and workshops, etc. The collaboration allowing one to receive students through short residencies of other groups for learning methodologies for the developing of research. 


SASTRA University



Johns Hopkins University



Instituto de Investigación en Comunicación Óptica (IICO), Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí



Centro de Investigación en Química Aplicada



Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica



Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados, Unidad Monterrey



Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica


Polymer Unit, Organic Electronic and Computational Calculations


Ecocampus Valsequillo, Building VAL3
Phone: +52 222 229 55 00, 1351


Laboratory of Polymers, Chemistry Center, Ciudad Universitaria, Puebla, Pue.
Phone: +52 222 229 55 00, 7285

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