Jeffrey S. Wiggins

Professor and Director, School of Polymer Science and Engineering


2017-currentProfessor and Director, School of Polymer Science & Engineering, University of Southern Mississippi
2014-2017Associate Professor and Director, School of Polymers & High Performance Materials, University of Southern Mississippi
2011-14Associate Professor and Interim School Director, School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, University of Southern Mississippi
2005-11Assistant Professor, Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Southern Mississippi
2003-04Visiting Scientist
2003-presentThe University of Southern Mississippi
2000Oregon General Manager
1998Technical Director, Research and Manufacturing Engineering
1997Polymer Research Manager
1992-02Nike IHM Inc 
1994Manager, TPU Development; 1996 Technical Director, TPU
1992-97Bayer Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA, 1992 Senior Polymer Chemist
1996Executive M.B.A., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
1992Ph.D., Polymer Science, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
1988B.S., Industrial Technology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA






















Sports and High Performance Materials, Glassy Polymer Networks, Sustainable and Degradable Polymers, Reaction Extrusion and Polymer Processing.


Molecular scale cure rate dependence of thermoset matrix polymers, Childers, Christopher, Hassan, Mohammad, Mauritz, Kenneth, Wiggins, Jeffrey, Arabian Journal of Chemistry 2016, 9, 206

Semibatch RAFT copolymerization of acrylonitrile and N-isopropylacrylamide:  Effect of comonomer distribution on cyclization and thermal stability, Moskowitz, Jeremy and Wiggins, Jeffrey, Polymer 2016, 84, 311

Thermo-oxidative stabilization of polyacrylontirile and its copolymers:  Effect of molecular weight, dispersity and polymerization pathway, Moskowitz, Jeremy and Wiggins, Jeffrey, Polymer Degradation and Stability 2016, 125, 76

High Molecular Weight and Low Dispersity Polyacrylonitrile by Low Temperature RAFT Polymerization, Moskowitz, Jeremy, Abel, Brooks, McCormick, Charles, Wiggins, Jeffrey, J. Poly. Sci. Pt.APoly Chem, 2016, 54, 553

Polymer chain dynamics in epoxy based composites as investigated by broadband dielectric spectroscopy, Hassan, Mohammad, Tucker, Samuel, Abukmail, Ahmed, Wiggins, Jeffrey, Mauritz, Kenneth, Arabian Journal of Chemistry 2016, 9, 203

Digital image correlation analysis of strain recovery in glassy polymer network isomers, Stephen Heinz, Jianwei Tu, Matthew Jackson, Jeffrey Wiggins, Polymer 2016, 82, 87

Ductile thermoset polymers by controlling network flexibility, Hameed, Nishar, Fox, Bronwyn, Salim, Nisa, Walsh, Tiffany, Wiggins, Jeffrey  Chem. Comm. 2015, 51, 9903

Simultaneous reinforcement and toughness improvement in an aromatic epoxy network with an aliphatic hyperbranched epoxy modifier, Jin, Qingfen, Misasi, John, Wiggins, Jeffrey, Morgan, Sarah “, Polymer, 2015 73, 174

Phenylene ring motions in isomeric glassy epoxy networks and their contributions to thermal and mechanical properties, Tu, Jinwei, Tucker, Samuel, Christensen, Stephen, Sayed, Abdelwahed, Jarrett, William, Wiggins, Jeffrey, 2015 Macromolecules, 48(6), 1748

Surface composition control via chain end segregation in polyethersulfone solution cast films, Knauer, Katrina, Greenhoe, Brian, Wiggins, Jeffrey, Morgan, Sarah 2015 Polymer, 57(28), 88

Laser-induced thermo-oxidative degradation of carbon nanotube/polypropylene nanocomposites, Bartolucci, Stephen, Supan, Karen, Warrender, Jeffrey, Davis, Christopher, La Beaud, Lawrence, Knowles, Kyler, Wiggins, Jeffrey 2014 Composites Science and Technology, 105, 166

Continuous reactor preparation of thermoplastic modified epoxy-amine prepolymers, Cheng, Xiaole, Wiggins, Jeffrey 2014 Polymer International, 63(10) 1777

PEG containing thiol-ene network membranes for CO2 Separation:  Effect of cross-linking on thermal, mechanical, and gas transport properties, Kwisnek, Luke, Goetz, James, Meyers, Kevin, Heinz, Stephen, Wiggins, Jeffrey, Nazarenko, Sergei 2014 Macromolecules, 47(10) 3243

Thermal stability of polypropylene-clay nanocomposites subjected to laser pulse heating Bartolucci, Stephen, Supan, Karen, Wiggins, Jeffrey, LaBeaud, Lawrence, Warrender, Jeffrey 2013 Polymer Degradation and Stability 98(12) 2497

Effect of stoichiometry and cure prescription on fluid ingress in epoxy networks Frank, Katherine, Wiggins, Jeffrey 2013 Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 130(1) 264

Fluid uptake behavior of multifunctional epoxy blends Frank, Katherine, Childers, Christopher, Dutta, Dhanadeep, Gidley, David, Jackson, Matthew, Ward, Stephen, Maskell, Rob, Wiggins, Jeffrey 2013 Polymer, 54(1) 403

Fluid ingress strain analysis of glassy polymer networks using digital image correlation Jackson, Matthew B.; Heinz, Stephen R.; Wiggins, Jeffrey S. Polymer Testing, 2012, 31, 1131-1139.

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

Effect of free volume hole size on fluid ingress of glassy epoxy networks Jackson, Matthew  B., Kaushik, Mukul, Nazarenko, Sergei, Ward, Steven, Maskell, Rob, Wiggins, Jeffrey S. Polymer, 2011, 52(20) 4528.

Alternating copolymer of pyridine and 1,4-diphenyl-1,2,4,5-tetrazine from bis-1,3-dipolar cycloaddition polymerization Sayed, Abdelwahed R.; Wiggins, Jeffrey S. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2011, 120(2), 623.

Multifunctional thiols as additives in UV-cured PEG-diacrylate membranes for CO2 separation Kwisnek, Luke; Heinz, Stephen; Wiggins, Jeffrey S; Nazarenko, Sergei; Journal of Membrane Science2011, 369(1-2), 429-436.

Uniaxial Compression Analysis Of Glassy Polymer Networks Using Digital Image Correlation, S.R. Heinz and J.S. Wiggins, Polymer Testing, 2010, 29, 925.

Ambient cure POSS-epoxy matrices for marine composites, S.J. Tucker, S. Kar, B. Fu and J.S. Wiggins, Comp. Pt A:  Appl. Sci. and Mfg., 2010, 41, 1441.