Office: JSCBB, E1B38
Mailbox: 596 UCB
BA, Central College (2002)
MS, University of Iowa (2005)
PhD, University of Iowa (2006)
- Soft Matter Lectureship, 2019
- Sigma-Millipore Lectureship, 2019
- Outstanding Young Investigator, Materials Research Society, 2016
- Early Career Award, SPIE, 2013
- Cooperative Research Award in Polymer Science and Engineering, American Chemical Society, Polymer Materials Science and Engineering Division (PMSE), 2013
- 2012 Early Career Award, U.S. Air Force
The Responsive and Programmable (R+PM) Group is generally interested in realizing functional utility in soft materials. Our research is highly interdisciplinary, bridging chemical engineering, materials science, polymer science, mechanics, optics, and applied physics.
polymers, liquid crystals, soft matter, actuation, robotics, optics
Brief Summary of Research Activities:
Current research activities in the R+PM Group are broadly focused on harnessing stimuli response in liquid crystalline materials to realize shape transformation or optical reconfiguration. Ongoing research is largely focused on exploiting the anisotropy of liquid crystalline materials to enable distinctive function as material actuators, reconfigurable optical elements, ruggedized substrates for flexible electronic devices, and as novel mechanobiological scaffolds. Exploiting techniques in directed self-assembly of liquid crystalline materials and enabled by our advancements in materials chemistry, we are undertaking foundational studies of material behavior and exploiting this new knowledge to further optimize and enhance response.