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Sarah Morgan

Dr. Sarah Morgan



Dr. Sarah Morgan is Bennett Distinguished Professor and Associate Director of the School of Polymer Science and Engineering at The University of Southern Mississippi. She joined the university in 2003 after a 14-year career at GE Plastics in engineering thermoplastics, where she held technical and managerial positions at GE locations around the world. Morgan’s research is focused on morphology control in bionspired polymer systems, high performance polymers, and nanocomposites. She is equally passionate about polymer education and development of the next generation of scientists and engineers. Her research is funded by NSF, NIH, DoD, and industrial partners. She is Science Director of the state-wide NSF Center for Emergent Molecular Optoelectronics and PI of the multi-investigator Multifunctional Materials to Address Military Engineering U.S. Army Corps of Engineers research collaboration.

  • PHD - University of Southern Mississippi (1988)
  • BA - Rice University (1980)

Polymer Rheology
Problem Solving in Polymer Science and Engineering
Polymer Science Capstone
Statistical Design of Experiments and Introduction to Six Sigma

  • POSS-induced rheological and dielectric modification of polyethersulfone, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2021,
  • Effects of Stereochemistry and Hydrogen Bonding on Glycopolymer – Amyloid-β Interactions, Biomacromolecules,
  • Aqueous RAFT Synthesis of Low Molecular Weight Anionic Polymers for Determination of Structure/Binding Interactions with Gliadin, Macromolecular Biosciences, 2020,
  • Architecture of Hydrated Multilayer Poly(methacrylic acid) Hydrogels: The Effect of Solution pH, ACS Applied Polymer Materials, 2020,
  • Water structure and mobility in acrylamide copolymer glycohydrogels with galactose and siloxane pendant groups, Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, 2019, 10.1002/polb.24815
  • Three-Dimensional Morphology Control Yielding Enhanced Hole Mobility in Air-Processed Organic Photovoltaics: Demonstration with Grazing-Incidence Wide-Angle X-ray Scattering, ACS applied materials \& interfaces, 2017, 10.1021/acsami.7b04218
  • Development of an improved synthetic route to triply linked di (perylene bisimides) with varied substituents and their performance as non-fullerene acceptors in polymer photovoltaics, Synthetic Metals, 2018,
  • Aqueous RAFT Synthesis of Glycopolymers for Determination of Saccharide Structure and Concentration Effects on Amyloid β Aggregation, Biomacromolecules, 2017, 10.1021/acs.biomac.7b01007
  • Surface and interfacial segregation of polyethersulfone deuterated chain ends determined by neutron reflectivity, Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, 2017, 10.1002/polb.24271
  • Enhanced Surface Properties of Branched Poly (ether sulfone) from Semifluorinated Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsequioxanes, ACS applied materials \& interfaces, 2016, 10.1021/acsami.6b01936

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Areas of Expertise

Bioinspired water soluble polymers, morphology control, nanocomposites, high performance polymers