Polymer Structure and Properties

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Shape and structure dictate a polymer material’s behavior—how strong it is, how flexible, how responsive to temperature and even whether it can conduct electricity. From the molecular shape itself—star, comb or brush—to how those molecules are arranged, our researchers are finding new ways to build polymers to unlock coveted properties that will provide the foundation for innovations like thermo-responsive coatings, next-generation smart devices, synthetic neurons, and many others.

Institutes, centers and labs related to Polymer Structure and Properties

Flourescent Polymer

Lei Zhu's Group

Studies dielectric polymers and nanocomposites for electrical and power applications.

Polymer Processing

Center for Advanced Polymer Processing

Develops new advanced and functional multiphase complex materials and optimizes the performance of existing ones by integrating the most advanced experimental and computational capabilities. 

Nano Tech

Advincula Research Group

Develops ultrathin or superhydrophobic film coatings, packaging films using nanocomposites and other needs of the oil and gas industry.

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Hore Research Group

Uses theory, simulation and experimentation to study physical phenomena in polymeric systems

Faculty who conduct research in Polymer Structure and Properties

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Rigoberto Advincula

Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Explores polymer material nanostructure to discover new phenomena and functionality

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Eric Baer

Distinguished University Professor
Herbert Henry Dow Professor of Science and Engineering
Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering
Director, NSF Center for Layered Polymeric Systems

Develops processing-structure-property relationships in polymeric systems; creates micro- and nano-layered films; and produces biomimetic hierarchical structures of soft materials

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Mike Hore

Assistant Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Combines experiments, theory and simulation to study fundamental problems in the polymer physics of grafted and non-linear polymers

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Hatsuo Ishida

Distinguished Research Professor
Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Develops advanced benzoxazine resins, thermosetting resins based on natural renewable materials and green flame retarding systems

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Joao Maia

Associate Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering
Director, CAPP - Center for Advanced Polymer Processing

Develops multi-scale, complex polymer-based materials, using both experimental and computational-based tools

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David Schiraldi

Department Chair, Macromolecular Science and Engineering
Peter A. Asseff, PhD, Professor of Organic Chemistry
Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Develops bio-based, flame-retarded plastics, polymer aerogels and packaging materials; and studies properties of polyesters

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Gary Wnek

Joseph F. Toot, Jr., Professor of Engineering
Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Develops advanced polymers for packaging, biomaterial applications and more.

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Lei Zhu

Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Develops high-energy and high-performance polymers based on close relationships among structure, property and processing