Faculty

Faculty within the Materials Branch

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Rigoberto Advincula

Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Explores polymer material nanostructure to discover new phenomena and functionality

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Eric Baer

Distinguished University Professor
Herbert Henry Dow Professor of Science and Engineering
Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering
Director, NSF Center for Layered Polymeric Systems

Develops processing-structure-property relationships in polymeric systems; creates micro- and nano-layered films; and produces biomimetic hierarchical structures of soft materials

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John Blackwell

Professor Emeritus, Macromolecular Science and Engineering
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Laura Bruckman

Research Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Develops predictive lifetime models for materials degradation related to stress conditions and induced degradation mechanisms evaluated by quantitative spectroscopic characterization of materials

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Jennifer Carter

Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

deformation mechanisms of metals and metal-matrix composites; fatigue, fracture, and creep; failure analysis; electron microscopy; 3D microscopy; novel methodologies for multi-scale material characterization; data science and analytics; open science

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Liming Dai

Kent Hale Smith Professor of Engineering
Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Develops and functionalizes polymeric and carbon nanomaterials for energy applications

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Mark De Guire

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Analyzes performance of ceramics in energy applications, including fuel cells and oxygen transport membranes

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Frank Ernst

Department Chair, Materials Science and Engineering
Leonard Case Jr. Professor of Engineering
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Director, Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials

Studies and engineers microstructures, interfaces and surfaces of metallic materials by novel methods of processing and microcharacterization

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Roger French

Kyocera Professor
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Applies data science and analytics to energy and materials science research problems

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Arthur Heuer

Distinguished University Professor
Professor Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering
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Mike Hore

Assistant Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Combines experiments, theory and simulation to study fundamental problems in the polymer physics of grafted and non-linear polymers

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Hatsuo Ishida

Distinguished Research Professor
Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Develops advanced benzoxazine resins, thermosetting resins based on natural renewable materials and green flame retarding systems

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Alex Jamieson

Professor Emeritus, Macromolecular Science and Engineering
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Peter Lagerlof

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Develops a unified theory for plastic deformation via slip and deformation twinning

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John Lewandowski

Arthur P. Armington Professor of Engineering II
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Director, Nitinol Commercialization Accelerator
Director, Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Reliability Center (AMMRC)

Researches material reliability for biomedical and structural applications, advanced materials manufacturing and processing/microstructure/property relationships

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Joao Maia

Associate Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering
Director, CAPP - Center for Advanced Polymer Processing

Develops multi-scale, complex polymer-based materials, using both experimental and computational-based tools

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Ica Manas-Zloczower

Distinguished University Professor
Thomas W. and Nancy P. Seitz Professor of Advanced Materials and Energy
Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Engineering new materials and technologies for industrial applications

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David Matthiesen

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Director, Wind Energy Research and Commercialization (WERC) Center

Develops process engineering solutions for the manufacturing of new magnetic materials

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Jim McGuffin-Cawley

Arthur S. Holden Professor of Engineering
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Develops new methodologies for material processing, characterizes processing-property relationships, studies high-temperature diffusion and solid-state reactions, fosters industry-university relationships

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Pirouz Pirouz

Professor Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering

Optimizes semiconductors, electron microscopy, mechanisms of twinning and metal-ceramic interfaces

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David Schiraldi

Department Chair, Macromolecular Science and Engineering
Peter A. Asseff, PhD, Professor of Organic Chemistry
Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Develops bio-based, flame-retarded plastics, polymer aerogels and packaging materials; and studies properties of polyesters

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Alp Sehirlioglu

Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Develops new materials through exploitation of interfaces to control functionality and exploration of multi-functionality for energy-related applications

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Gerhard Welsch

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Develops new processing methods and designs for energy storage and optimized materials

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Matthew Willard

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Investigates phase transformations and materials processing, especially their impact on structure and properties of materials

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Gary Wnek

Joseph F. Toot, Jr., Professor of Engineering
Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering
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Lei Zhu

Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Develops high-energy and high-performance polymers based on close relationships among structure, property and processing