Sarah E. Morgan

Associate Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering

Morgan Group Research Page


1980B.A., Behavioral Science, Rice University
1988Ph.D., Polymer Science, University of Southern Mississippi
1988-89AT&T Bell Laboratories, Member of Technical Staff
1989-2002GE Plastics, 1993, Polycarbonate Blends Group Leader; 1995, Global GELOY®/Weatherables Technology Manager; 1997, Global Technology Manager NORYL® Resins; 2001, Global Sourcing Quality Manager, Six Sigma Quality Master Black Belt
2002-2008Assistant Professor
2008-presentAssociate Professor
 Director, NSF GK-12 Molecules to Muscles
 Associate Director, NSF IUCRC
 Secretary, Polymer Chemistry Division of American Chemical Society
 Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics Prize for 2010














Polymer surfaces and interfaces. Nanostructured materials, bio-inspired polymers,  nanocomposites, surface modification, natural and synthetic polymer surfaces and thin films, nanomechanical and nanotribological characterization.


Wu, Q.; Bhattacharya, M.; Morgan, S. “POSS Enhanced Phase Separation in Air Processed P3HT:PCBM Bulk Heterojunction Photovoltaic Systems” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, DOI: 10.1021/am4010489, Publication Date (Web): June 10, 2013

Paslay, L.; Falgout, L.; Savin, D.; Heinhorst, S.; Cannon, G.; Morgan, S. “Kinetics and Control of Self-Assembly of ABH1 Hydrophobin from the Edible White Button Mushroom” Biomacromolecules, Publication Date (Web): May 30, 2013, DOI: 10.1021/bm400407c

Kemp, L.; Lochhead, R.; Morgan, S.; Savin, D.  “A new emulsification method with application for cleaning oil spills” CoatingsTech (2013), 10(5), 34-40.

Sahagun, C. M.; Morgan, S. E., “Thermal Control of Nanostructure and Molecular Network Development in Epoxy-Amine Thermosets” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2012 4 (2), 564-572.

Kumar, A.; Paslay Lea, C.; Lyons, D.; Morgan Sarah, E.; Correia John, J.; Rangachari, V., Specific soluble oligomers of amyloid-β peptide undergo replication, and form non-fibrillar aggregates In interfacial environments. J Biol Chem 2012, 287(25), 21253-21264.

Sahagun, C. M.; Knauer, K. M.; Morgan, S. E., Molecular network development and evolution of nanoscale morphology in an epoxy-amine thermoset polymer. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2012, Ahead of Print.

Jones, P.J.; Cook, R. D.,McWright, C.N.; Nalty,R. J.; Choudhary, V.; Morgan, S.E.  “POSS-Polyphenylsulfone Nanocomposites: Investigation of Melt Flow Enhancement, Thermal Behavior and Mechanical Properties” J. Appl. Pol. Sci.  2011, 121 (5) 2945-2956.

Kellum, M.G.; Harris, C. A.; McCormick, C. L.; Morgan, S.E. “Stimuli-Responsive Micelles of Amphiphilic AMPS-b-AAL Copolymers in Layer-by-Layer Films” J Pol. Sci A, Pol Chem, 2011,  49 (5), 1104-1111.

Kumar, A.;  Bullard, R.L.;  Patel, P.; Paslay, L.C.; Singh, D.; Bienkiewicz, E.A.; Morgan, S.E.; Rangachari, V. “Non-Esterified Fatty Acids Generate Distinct Low-Molecular Weight Amyloid-b (Ab42) Oligomers along Pathway Different from Fibril Formation” PLoS One (2011), 6(4), e18759.

Alidedeoglu, A.H.; Harris, C.A.; Martinez-Castro, N.; York, A. W.; McCormick, C. L.; Morgan, S.E., “Primary Amine-Functionalized Silicon Surfaces via Click Chemistry with α-Alkynyl-Functionalized Poly(2-aminoethyl methacrylate)” Chapter 6, in Polymeric Delivery of Therapeutics; Morgan, S., et al.; ACS Symposium Series; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2010. Vol. 1053.

Alidedeoglu, A. H.; Davis, K.; Roberston, R.; Smith, C.; Rawlins, J. W.; Morgan, S. E., “Synthesis and evaluation of tetra(2,7-octadienyl) titanate as a reactive diluent for air-drying alkyd paints” J. Coat. Tech. Res. 2011 8(1), 45-52.

Alidedeoglu, A. H.; York, A. W.; Rosado, D. A.; McCormick, C. L.; Morgan, S. E., “Bioconjugation of D-glucuronic acid sodium salt to well-defined primary amine-containing homopolymers and block copolymers.” J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2010, 48 (14), 3052-3061.

Park, J.K.; Jones, P.J.; Sahagun, C.;  Page, K.A.;  Hussey, D.S.; Jacobson, D.L; Morgan, S.E.;  Moore, R.B. “Electrically Stimulated Gradients in Water and Counterion Concentrations within Electroactive Polymer Actuators” Soft Matter (2010) 6 (7), 1444-1452.

Jones, P.J.; Paslay, L. C.; Morgan, S. E. “Effects of chain conformation on miscibility, morphology, and mechanical properties of solution blended substituted polyphenylene and polyphenylsulfone” Polymer, (2010), Vol 51 (3), 738-747.

Misra, R.; Alidedeoglu, A. H.; Jarrett, W. L.; Morgan, S. E. “Molecular Miscibility and Chain Cynamics in POSS/Polystyrene blends: Control of POSS Preferential Dispersion States.”  Polymer 2009, 50(13), 2906-2918.

Misra, R.; Fu, B. X.; Plagge, A.; Morgan, S. E. POSS-Nylon 6 Nanocomposites: Influence of POSS Structure on Surface and Bulk Properties.” Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics, 2009, 47(11), 1088-1102.

Heinhorst, S.; Thames, D. G.; Boyce, J.; Morgan, S. E.  “Summer SCIENCE: Enhancing High School Science through Polymers.” Polymer Reviews 2008,  48(4),  622-632.

Wheeler, P. A.; Misra, R.; Cook, R. D.; Morgan, S. E. “Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane (POSS) Trisilanols as Dispersants for Titanium Oxide Nanopowder.” Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Vol. 8, Issue 4, 2008, 2503-2508.

Misra, R.; Fu, B. X.; Morgan, S. E. “Surface Energetics, Dispersion and Nanotribomechanical Behavior of POSS/PP Hybrid Nanocomposites.” Journal of Polymer Science Part B:  Polymer Physics, Vol. 45, 2007, 2441-4255.

Phillips, J. P.; Deng, X.; Stephen, R. R.; Fortenberry, E. L.; Todd, M. L.; D. Michelle McClusky; Stevenson, S.; Misra, R.; Morgan, S. E.; Long, T.E.  “Nano- and bulk-tack adhesive properties of stimuli-responsive, fullerene-polymer blends, containing polystyrene-block-polybutadiene-block-polystyrene and polystyrene-block-polyisoprene-block-polystyrene rubber-based adhesives” Polymer 48, 2007, 6773-6781

Alidedeoglu, A. H.; Dutta, S.; Misra, R.; Rawlins, J. W.; Morgan, S. E. Copolymerization of sec-butenyl acetate with styrene via emulsion polymerization.” Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, Volume 45, Issue 15, 2007, 3191-3203.

Li, J.; Wu, C.; Wicks, D. A.; Smith, R. A.; Morgan, S. E. “Preparation and Characterization of Keratin Coatings for Orthopedic Implant Titanium Rods.” in Cosmetic Nanotechnology:  Polymers and Colloids in Cosmetics, ACS Symposium Series Publication (2007),  961, 149-162.

Morgan, S. E.; Havelka, K. O.; Lochhead, R. Y.; Editors. “Cosmetic Nanotechnology: Polymers and Colloids in Cosmetics”  ACS Symposium  Series, 2007; 961.

Morgan, S. E.; Jones, P.; Lamont, A. S.; Heidenreich, A.; McCormick, C.L.   “Layer-by-Layer Assembly of pH-Responsive, Compositionally Controlled (Co)polyelectrolytes Synthesized via RAFT.” Langmuir  2007,  23(1),  230-240.

Misra, R; Li, J; Cannon, G. C.; Morgan, S. E. “Nanoscale reduction in surface friction of polymer surfaces modified with Sc3 hydrophobin from Schizophyllum commune.,” Biomacromolecules 2006, 7(5), 1463-1470.

Morgan, S.; Misra, R.; Jones, Paul J. “Nanomechanical and Surface Frictional Characteristics of a Copolymer based on Benzoyl-1,4-Phenylene and 1,3-Phenylene.” Polymer 2006, 47, 2865-2873.

Morgan, S.E., Li, J.; “Polycarbonate (PC)” In Encyclopedia of Chemical Processing; Sunggyu Lee, Ed.; Taylor & Francis, Inc.: New York, 2005; Vol. 4 , pp. 2277-2290.


Lichetenhan, J. D.; Fu, X.; Blue, M. R.; Wheeler, P.; Misra, R.; Morgan, S. E.  “Surface modification of polymers using nanostructured materials.”    U.S. Pat. Appl. Publ.  (2007)

Wu, C.; Li, J.; Wicks, D.; Morgan, S.; Smith, R.  “Hydratable keratin compositions.” PCT Int. Appl.  (2006),   9pp.  CODEN: PIXXD2  WO  2006121700  A2  20061116

O. M. Boutni, L. P. Fontana, S. E. Morgan,"Copolyestercarbonate and Polycarbonate", US Patent 5,605,980 [1997]

S. E. Morgan, C. F. Pratt, C. A. R. di Fede, J. A. J. M. Verdult-van Aert,"Polymer Mixture which Comprises a Polyphenylene Ether and a Styrene-Containing Polymer or Copolymer, as well as Products Formed Therefrom", US Patent 5,482,999 [1996]

S.E. Morgan, C.F. Pratt ,"Polymer Blend with Low Gloss", US Patent 5,369,172 [1994]

S.E. Morgan, C.F. Pratt, C.I.J.A. Verbraak, S.Y. Hobbs, E.J. Fewkes,"Polycarbonate Polystyrene Composition", US Patent 5,274,034 [1993]