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BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Aaron Goldstein
Associate Professor
Interests: Biomedical and tissue engineering;
Interfacial phenomena in bioengineering.
Chang Lu
Professor
Interests: Microfluidics for single cell analysis, gene delivery and tissue engineering; microscale fluid mechanics; flow cytometry; microchemical systems.
Padma Rajagopalan
Professor
Interests: Hepatic tissue engineering; Self-assembly of polyelectrolytes, Cell-matrix interactions;
Chemotaxis and mechanotaxis, Corneal tissue engineering; Nanostructured materials.
Rong Tong
Assistant Professor
Interests: Polymer Chemistry, Biomaterials, Nanomedicine.
Abby Whittington
Associate Professor
Interests: Tissue engineering; Biopolymers; Controlled release drug delivery; Cell-Biomaterial interactions.
     

POLYMER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Donald G. Baird
Alexander F. Giacco Professor
Interests: Polymer processing (design and simulation) and rheology; Composite materials and processing; Polymeric materials and properties.
Michael Bortner
Assistant Professor
Interests: Polymer Nanocomposites, Nanostructured Materials, Polymer Morphology and Structure-Property Relationships, Surface and Interface Phenomena in Polymers.
Richey M. Davis
Professor
Interests: Physical and colloid chemistry of polymer solutions and colloidal; Polymer absorption of interfaces and self-assembly; Synthesis, characterization, and processing of fine particulates including nanophase metal oxides, micellar solutions, and colloidal polymer particles
Erdogan Kiran
Professor
Interests: Polymer science and polymeric materials; Supercritical fluids and high-pressure processes; Thermal and optical measurement techniques.
Y. A. Liu
Alumni Distinguished Professor
Interests: Simulation, Optimization and Advanced Process Control of Industrial Polymerization Processes.
Padma Rajagopalan
Professor
Interests: Hepatic tissue engineering; Self-assembly of polyelectrolytes, Cell-matrix interactions;
Chemotaxis and mechanotaxis, Corneal tissue engineering; Nanostructured materials.
Rong Tong
Assistant Professor
Interests: Polymer Chemistry, Biomaterials, Nanomedicine.
     

COLLOIDS AND INTERFACES

Michael Bortner
Assistant Professor
Interests: Polymer Nanocomposites, Nanostructured Materials, Polymer Morphology and Structure-Property Relationships, Surface and Interface Phenomena in Polymers.
Richey M. Davis
Professor
Interests: Physical and colloid chemistry of polymer solutions and colloidal; Polymer absorption of interfaces and self-assembly; Synthesis, characterization, and processing of fine particulates including nanophase metal oxides, micellar solutions, and colloidal polymer particles
William Ducker
Professor
Interests: Lubrication in thin films; Peptide, polymer and surfactant adsorption and self-assembly; Colloidal stability; Surface forces; Enantioselectivity in adsorption; Nanobubbles; Hydrogen storage.
Ayman M. Karim
Associate Professor
Interests: Heterogeneous Catalysis, Colloidal Nanoparticles Synthesis, Microfluidics, In-Situ/Operando Characterization.
Stephen M. Martin
Associate Professor
Interests: Soft materials, interfaces and self-assembly; Surface functionalization using self-assembled thin films created using the Langmuir-Blodgett technique; Chemical separations employing ‘structured fluids’ as the transport phase in supported membranes.
Rong Tong
Assistant Professor
Interests: Polymer Chemistry, Biomaterials, Nanomedicine.
     

PROCESS DESIGN AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Luke E.K. Achenie
Professor
Interests: Computer-Aided molecular design; Process design; Systems engineering approaches to computational biology.
Y. A. Liu
Alumni Distinguished Professor
Interests: Process system engineering, energy and water savings, carbon dioxide capture and utilization, industrial process modeling and optimization, computer-aided process and product design.
Chang Lu
Professor
Interests: Microfluidics for single cell analysis, gene delivery and tissue engineering; microscale fluid mechanics; flow cytometry; microchemical systems.
     

CATALYSIS AND SURFACE SCIENCE

David F. Cox
Professor
Interests: Structure-property relationships in surface chemistry and catalysis by compound materials; Ultrahigh vacuum surface science studies of oxides, carbides and phosphides; Density functional investigations of bulk minerals, compound surfaces, adsorption, surface reactions, and electronic properties of defects.
Ayman M. Karim
Associate Professor
Interests: Heterogeneous Catalysis, Colloidal Nanoparticles Synthesis, Microfluidics, In-Situ/Operando Characterization.
S. Ted Oyama
Professor
Interests: Surface science, catalysis, and kinetics; Oxidation chemistry, hydroprocessing, and catalytic reforming; Synthesis and solid-state chemistry of nonmetals.
Hongliang Xin
Assistant Professor
Interests: Fundamental Surface Reactivity and Catalysis, Electronic and Atomistic Dynamics at Interfaces and Nanoparticles, Kinetic Theory of Charge Transfer Processes.
     

SUPERCRITICAL FLUIDS

Erdogan Kiran
Professor
Interests: Polymer science and polymeric materials; Supercritical fluids and high-pressure processes; Thermal and optical measurement techniques.
     

MEMBRANES AND ADVANCED SEPARATION TECHNIQUES

Stephen M. Martin
Associate Professor
Interests: Soft materials, interfaces and self-assembly; Surface functionalization using self-assembled thin films created using the Langmuir-Blodgett technique; Chemical separations employing ‘structured fluids’ as the transport phase in supported membranes.