University of Florida
Design, synthesis, and characterization of polymers and nanostructured materials capable of controlled-assembly, tethering, and self-organization in ultrathin films. This includes functional macromolecules, coordination polymerization, polymerization on surfaces, electropolymerization, and preparation of nanoparticles and hybrid materials. Properties include: smart coatings, electrically conducting, photoluminescent, electroluminescent, energy harvesting, optically active, and biocompatible. Surface sensitive spectroscopy and microscopy is systematically utilized to probe materials properties and biological phenomena. We are also involved in investigating nanoparticles, nanostructured surfaces, and nanocomposite materials for sensor and bioapplications. Other applied studies include packaging, coatings, biomaterials, plastics, and process development.
Herbert Henry Dow Professor and Distinguished University Professor
Johns Hopkins University
Irreversible microdeformation mechanisms; pressure effects on morphology and mechanical properties; relationships between hierarchical structure and mechanical function; mechanical properties of soft connective tissue; polymer composites and blends; polymerization and crystallization on crystalline surfaces; viscoelastic properties of polymer melts; damage and fracture analysis of polymers and their composites. Structure-property relationships in biological systems.
Leonard Case Jr. Professor
University of Leeds, England
Determination of the solid state structure and morphology of polymers. X-ray analysis of the structure of thermotropic copolyesters, copolyimides, polyurethanes, polysaccharides; supramolecular assemblies, fluoropolymers; molecular modeling of semi-crystalline and liquid crystalline polymers; rheological properties of polysaccharides and glycoproteins.
Kent Hale Smith Professor
Australian National University
Molecular Engineering of Nanomaterials and Macromolecules for Energy-/Bio-related Devices.
Ph.D. Materials Science & Engineering
University of Pennsylvania
Polymer physics; neutron scattering; polymer nanocomposites; grafted polymers and brushes; theory and modeling; self-consistent field theory; structure-property relationships; reconfigurable materials.
Ph.D. Macromolecular Science
Case Western Reserve University
Processing of polymers and composite materials; structural analysis of surfaces and interfaces; molecular spectroscopy of synthetic polymers.
D. Phil. Physical Chemistry
Oxford University, England
Quasielastic laser light scattering; relaxation and transport of macromolecules in solution and bulk; structure-function relationships of biological macromolecules.
The Donnell Institute Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. Physical Chemistry
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Polymer structure-property relationships using infrared, Raman, NMR spectroscopy and spectroscopic imaging techniques.
Climo Associate Professor
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Structure-function relationships; toughening mechanisms in segmented copolymers; spatial confinement of self-assembled materials, including biomaterials; hierarchical microstructures.
Ph.D. Physical Chemsitry
Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn
Solid state polymerization; X-ray crystallography of polymers; electrical properties of polymers; ultra-thin polymer films.
Ph.D. Polymer Chemistry
Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn
Kinetics and mechanisms of free radical and ionic polymerization; mechanical properties of polymers; fluorocarbon chemistry; synthesis of novel monomers and polymers; polymer electrical properties; crosslinked liquid crystal polymers.
Ph.D. Applied Mathematics (Rheology)
University of Wales Aberystwyth, UK 1996
Aggregation in Polymer Science and Engineering
University of Minho, Portugal 2007
Polymer Rheology: Extensional Rheology and Rheometry; Micro- and nano-Rheology; Bio-Rheology: Food Rheology and Processing. Rheology for Macromolecular Technology: Development and optimization of polymer blends and composites; Viscoelasticity of micro- and nano-layered polymer films; On- and in-line monitoring of extrusion-based processes; Micro-Processing. Environmental Rheology and Processing.
Thomas W. and Nancy P. Seitz Professor of Advanced Materials and Energy
Professor, Macromolecular Science & Engineering
D.Sc. Chemical Engineering
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
Exploration of the use of naturally derived and other biobased materials for advanced materials in renewable energy applications; development of composite thermoplastic polyurethane systems with enhanced tensile, tribological, thermal and electrical properties; modeling of mechanical properties for nanocomposite materials; high internal phase emulsion templating technologies for open-pore structure materials; structure and micromechanics of fine particle clusters; interfacial engineering strategies for advanced materials processing; dispersive mixing mechanisms and modeling; design and mixing optimization studies for polymer processing equipment.
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry
Northwestern University, 2007
Biopolymers; protein-polymer conjugates; drug-delivery; biopolymer catalysts; self-assembling peptides; affinity-based delivery of therapeutic proteins; layered polymeric delivery systems
Kent Hale Smith Professor
University of Glasgow, UK
Organic chemistry, synthesis, supramolecular chemistry, conducting polymers, interlocked macromolecules (polyrotaxanes and polycatenanes), peptide nucleic acids, supramolecular polymerization, reversible ‘dynamic’ chemistry and combinatorial libraries.
Peter A. Asseff Professor and Chair
University of Oregon
Composites, including Aerogel composites, structure-property relationships, transport phenomena and packaging materials, condensation polymers, bio-based polymer synthesis, polymer flammability and sustainable FR agents, polymer blends and complex polymer systems.
The Joseph F. Toot, Jr., Professor of Engineering
Ph.D. Polymer Science and Engineering
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Polymers with unusual electrical or optical properties; biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine; electric field-mediated processing (electrospinning of nano- and micro fibers and morphology modulation in polymer blends); polymer-based microfluidic platforms; polymer product design.
Ph.D. Polymer Science
University of Akron
Nanoscale structure and morphology of crystalline/liquid crystalline polymers and block copolymers; ferroelectric and dielectric polymers for electric energy storage; polymer/inorganic hybrid nanocomposites; biodegradable polymers for diagnostic and drug delivery