Sarah E. Morgan

Associate Director and Professor



2016-presentAssociate Director of School of Polymers
2015-presentCo-PI, NSF NRT INTERFACE
2014-presentDirector, NSF SusChEM: REU Site: Polymer Innovation for a Sustainable Future
2014-presentDirector, NSF RET Site for Sustainable Polymer Engineering Research
2010-presentDirector, NSF GK-12 Molecules to Muscles
2008-2014Associate Professor
2002-2008Assistant Professor
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
1988-89AT&T Bell Laboratories, Member of Technical Staff
1988Ph.D., Polymer Science, University of Southern Mississippi

B.A., Behavioral Science, Rice University
















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


Knauer, K. M; Jennings, A.R.; Bristol, A. N.; Iacono, S. T.; Morgan, S. E. “Enhanced Surface Properties of Branched Poly(ether sulfone) from Semifluorinated Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsequioxanes” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2016, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b01936

Bullard, R.; Allena, P.; Chaob, C-C; Douglas, J.; Das, P.;  Morgan, S. E.;  Wei-Mei Ching, W-M;  Karim, S. “Structural characterization of tick cement cones collected from in vivo and artificial membrane blood-fed Lone Star ticks (Amblyomma americanum)” Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases, 2016, doi:10.1016/j.ttbdis.2016.04.006

Knauer, Katrina M.; Zhu, Yaling; Storey, Robson F.; Morgan, Sarah E. “Phase Separation and Permeability in Polyisobutylene-Based Miktoarm Star Polymers”J. Pol.Sci.B.Pol.Phys. 2016, DOI: 10.1002/polb.23996.

Exley, Sarah E; Paslay, Lea C; Sahukhal, Gyan, S; Abel,Brooks A; Brown, Tyler D; McCormick, Charles L; Heinhorst, Sabine; Koul, Veena; Choudhary, Veena; Elasri, Mohamed O; Morgan, Sarah E. “Antimicrobial Peptide Mimicking Primary Amine and Guanidine Containing Methacrylamide Copolymers Prepared by Raft Polymerization” Biomacromolecules 2015 16 (12), pp 3845–3852 DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.5b01162.

Wu, Qi; George, Eric R.; Fogel, April; and Morgan, Sarah E. “Functionalized Hollow Nanoparticles for Incorporation in Silicone Hydrogels” Polymer Bulletin 2015, DOI 10.1007/s00289-015-1539-5

Jin,Qifeng; Misasi, John M.; Wiggins, Jeffrey S.; and Morgan, Sarah E. “Simultaneous reinforcement and toughness improvement in an aromatic epoxy network with an aliphatic hyperbranched epoxy modifier” Polymer 2015, 73, 174-182.

Knauer, Katrina M.; Greenhoe, Brian M.; Wiggins, Jeffrey S.; Morgan, Sarah E. “Surface composition control via chain end segregation in polyethersulfone solution cast films” Polymer 2015, 57, 88 – 98.   doi:10.1016/j.polymer.2014.12.024

Wu, Qi; Bhattacharya, Mithun; Moore, Levi M. J.; Morgan, Sarah E, “Air processed P3HT:PCBM photovoltaic cells: Morphology correlation to annealing, degradation, and recovery”  Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics (2014), 52(23), 1511-1520. (Cover Article) DOI: 10.1002/polb.23605

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.



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