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School of Polymer Science and Engineering

Research Areas



Coatings, Surfaces, and Interfaces


Composites and High Performance Materials

Polymer composites are multi-phase materials comprised of a polymer matrix and reinforcing agents that when combined result in a synergistic enhancement of properties. The science, technology, and engineering of these materials is central to many emerging technologies. Interdisciplinary research within the school spans a broad range of topics such as polymer matrix science, nanocomposites, fabrication engineering, interfacial science and multi-scale structure-property relationships.

Organic Electronics and Energy

The last technological revolution had its roots in the development and advancement of various electronic components and devices. Organic electronics are the basis for emerging applications and discovering new phenomena that will enable the next generation of technologies. Transformative research efforts within the school span areas such as infrared optoelectronics, energy harvesting and storage, device fabrication and engineering, stretchable and deformable electronics, and the investigation of emerging spin, magnetic, and quantum properties in the creation of new technologies.  

Polymer Physics and Engineering

Polymer physics and engineering broadly incorporates/integrate the study of polymers properties with respect to the underlying physics and properties of polymers in the melt, solution, and solid-state; as well as kinetics and processing. The fundamental phenomena of polymers manifest over many length and time scales to enable applications such as optoelectronics, coatings, medicine and nanopatterning. Faculty have significant expertise spanning the continuum of/between fundamental polymer physics, self-assembly and characterization, advanced polymer processing and operations, and multiscale modeling.

Stimuli Responsive Materials

Stimuli-responsive materials enable the  creation of high-performance materials with a controlled physical or chemical response in the presence of environmental/various stimuli (temperature, pH, ionic strength, chemicals, electricity, light, etc.). By combining macromolecular synthesis, polymer physics and engineering principles, we create innovative molecular constructs and advanced functional materials/polymer systems. 

Sustainable Materials

Degradable and recyclable polymers are increasingly important for a  sustainable future of human society. The research aim focuses on developing new sustainable polymers including developing new materials from renewable sources by new polymer chemistry, new methods to recycle plastics, and energy-efficient way to process polymeric materials with a lower carbon footprint.

Synthetic Methodology

 Synthetic polymer chemistry underpins advancements in modern technologies and continues to be a cornerstone of the department. Our research spans all areas of contemporary polymer synthesis and combines fundamentals of organic, organometallic, and polymer chemistry toward the invention of new polymerization reactions, the development of synthetic methodologies to access new classes of advanced functional materials, and the application of controlled polymerizations toward complex structures and architectures.


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