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
2008-2014Associate Professor
2014 Professor
 Director, NSF GK-12 Graduate Fellowships:  Molecules to Muscles

Co-Director, NSF REU Site:  Polymer Innovation for a Sustainable Future


Co-Director, Dept. of Education GAANN


Industry/Business/Government Coordinator: Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

 Director, NSF RET Site
















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


Planchard, M.S.; Exley, S.E.; Morgan, S.E.; Rangachari, V. “Dopamine-induced a-synuclein oligomers show self-and cross-propagation properties” Protein Science, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/pro.252.1

Corley, C.A.; Guenthner, A.J.;  Sahagun, C.M.; Lamison, K.R.; Reams, J.T.; Hassan, M.K.; Morgan, S. E.; Iacono, S.T.; Mabry, J. M., “Di(cyanate Ester) Networks Based on Alternative Fluorinated Bisphenols with Extremely Low Water Uptake” ACS Macro Lett., 2014, 3 (1), pp 105–109, DOI: 10.1021/mz400520s.

Zong, Y., Wei, Y., Morgan, Sarah E., “Adsorption/Desorption Processes of pH-Responsive Copolymers on Model Dental Surfaces via QCM and AFM Analysis”, ACS Symposium Series:  Polymers for Personal Care and Cosmetics, 2013, doi: 10.1021/bk-2013-1148.ch017.

Wu, Qi; Bhattacharya, Mithun; Morgan, Sarah E. “POSS Enhanced Phase Separation in Air Processed P3HT:PCBM Bulk Heterojunction Photovoltaic Systems” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2013, 5(13), 6136-6146.

Lea C. Paslay, Leo Falgout, Daniel A. Savin, Sabine Heinhorst, Gordon C. Cannon, and Sarah E. Morgan, “Kinetics and Control of Self-Assembly of ABH1 Hydrophobin from the Edible White Button Mushroom” Biomacromolecules, 2013, 14(7), 2283-2293.

Paslay, L.C.; Abel, B.A.;  Brown, T.D.;  Koul, V.; Choudhary, V.;  McCormick, C.L.; Morgan, S. E., “Antimicrobial Poly(methacrylamide) Derivatives Prepared via Aqueous RAFT Polymerization Exhibit Biocidal Efficiency Dependent upon Cation Structure” Biomacromolecules 2012, 13(8), 2472-2482. 

Frank, Katherine L.; Exley, Sarah E.; Thornell, Travis L.; Morgan, Sarah E.; Wiggins, Jeffrey S. “Investigation of pre-reaction and cure temperature on multiscale dispersion in POSS-epoxy nanocomposites” Polymer 2012, 53(21), 4643-4651. | 

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

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. 2012,126 (4), 1394-1405.

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.; Cook, R.D.; Morgan, S. E. “Non-wetting, Non-rolling, Stain Resistant Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane Coated Textiles” J. Applied Polymer Science, (2009), Vol 115, 2322.

Alidedeoglu, A.H.;  York, A. W.; McCormick, C. L.;  Morgan, S. E. “Aqueous RAFT polymerization of 2-aminoethyl methacrylate to produce well-defined, primary amine functional homo- and copolymers” J. Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry (2009), 47(20), 5405-5415.

Misra, R.; Alidedeoglu, A. H.; Jarrett, W. L.; Morgan, S. E. “Molecular Miscibility and Chain Dynamics in POSS/Polystyrene blends: Control of POSS Preferential Dispersion States.”  Polymer (2009), 50(13), 2906-2918. (3.968, 85)

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 (Philadelphia, PA, United States) 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, D. M.; 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.; 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. E.; 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 (8), 2865-2873.



Morgan, S.E.; Lochhead, R. Y.; Editors.  Polymeric Delivery of Therapeutics. ACS Symposium Series, 2010, Volume 1053.

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



Lochead, R.Y.; Morgan, S. E.; Mabdouly, S; Zong, Y. “Dispersant for Spilled Oil”  PCT Int. Appl. (2013), WO 2013044209 A1 20130328.

Lichtenhan, 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

Morgan, S.; Pratt, C.; DiFede, C.; Verdult-Van Aert, J.  (General Electric Co., USA) “Low-gloss poly(phenylene ether) blends with styrene-containing co-polymers” Eur. Pat. EP523258 1993.

Morgan, S. E.; Pratt, C. F.; Verbraak, C. L.: Hobbs, S.; Fewkes, E. (General Electric Co., USA) “Low-gloss polycarbonate blends,” Eur. Pat. EP 523259 1993.

Boutni, O. M.; Fontana, L. P.; Morgan, S. E. (General Electric Co., USA) “Polycarbonate/polyestercarbonate compositions,”EP 508716, 1992.

Morgan, S. E.; Pratt, C. F.; Saveniji, H. B. (General Electric Co., USA) “Aromatic polycarbonate-based blends with loss gloss,” EP 519098, 1992.

Boutni, O. M.; Fontana, L. P.; Patterson, D. J.; Pratt, C. F.; Morioka, M.; Morgan, S. E. (General Electric Co., USA) “Polyester-polycarbonate blends with polyesters,” EP 465924, 1992.

Boutni, O. M.; Morioka, M.; Fontana, L. P.; Morgan, S. E.; Patterson, D. J.; Saveniji, H. B. (General Electric Co., USA) “Impact-Resistant polyester-polycarbonate compositions,” EP 465923, 1992.