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I'm Gloria.

A Bit About Me

I am a materials scientist and engineer who is passionate about making the world a better place. My work revolves around using my expertise to develop new materials that have the potential to revolutionize various industries. I am also a firm believer in giving back to the community and I regularly volunteer for multiple social causes.


On this website, you can learn more about me and my work. Thank you for visiting!




Achieving a circular plastics economy is one of our greatest environmental challenges, yet conventional mechanical recycling remains inadequate for thermoplastics and incompatible with thermosets. The next generation of plastic materials will be designed with the capacity for degradation and recycling at end-of-use. To address this opportunity in the burgeoning technologies of 3D printing and photolithography, we report a modular system for the production of degradable and recyclable thermosets via photopolymerization. The polyurethane backbone imparts robust, elastic, and tunable mechanical properties, while the use of hemiacetal ester linkages allows for facile degradation under mild acid. The synthetic design based on hemiacetal esters enables simple purification to regenerate a functional polyurethane diol.

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Additive manufacturing (AM), commonly referred to as 3D printing, is viewed as a method of rapid prototyping and an alternative to traditional manufacturing. Recently, there has been increasing interest on sustainability of AM approaches and the materials that can be used. Advances in both AM technologies and polymer chemistry present multiple pathways for AM to become more sustainable, such as raw material sourcing, green synthesis, and end-of-life processing. This review provides a brief overview of AM techniques for polymers, sustainable sourcing of polymers in AM, and the advances of degradable/recyclable polymers in AM. It also provides a perspective of the potential role of AM in economic and chemical circularity, as well as opportunities for digital manufacturing for the future. Biodegradable materials for medical or other biological applications are beyond the scope of this review.


  1.  US Provisional Patent submitted for biomedical device related to stealth start-up. July 2023

Gloria Chyr

M.Sc. Materials Science, Stanford University

B.Sc. Materials Science, MIT

The Engineer

As a materials scientist and engineer, I am passionate about designing new materials and improving related processes for a sustainable future for all people. I have worked in multiple fields of materials including polymers, semiconductors, superconductors, and structural materials.

My laboratory skills include organic and inorganic synthesis, polymerization, 3D printing, and materials characterization (DSC, DMA, TGA, XRD, SEM, NMR, etc.). I love learning and am always honing my skills in science.

The Human Behind the Screen

I was born and raised in Hialeah, FL, a predominantly Cuban town just north of Miami. My biggest inspirations are my 3 older sisters who encouraged me to dream big and show the world what we're capable of. We were the first generation in our family to go to college. Now, we're a family of engineers, doctors, and scientists who are proud to represent #WomenInSTEM.

Outside of work, you can find me volunteering, gardening, gaming, and sewing. Currently, I am a volunteer with Minds Matter Bay Area to support high-achieving, low-income HS students apply to college.

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