Thomas H Epps, III

Thomas Epps, III
  • Thomas and Kipp Gutshall Senior Career Development Chair
  • Director, Center for Molecular & Engineering Thermodynamics (CMET)
  • Joint Professor, Materials Science & Engineering

215 CLB
University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware 19716
302-831-1048 (fax)

  • Post-Doctorate - 2006 NRC Postdoctoral Fellow - NIST
  • Doctorate - 2004 University of Minnesota
  • Masters - 1999 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Bachelors - 1998 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"We are interested in designing novel nanostructured materials for fuel cell, lithium battery, and other ion-conduction applications; analytical separation membranes; nanoporous templates and sensors. We manipulate polymer internal and external interfacial characteristics in bulk and thin film environments to influence the ordering and stability of polymer structures, particularly in block copolymers and polymer blends.

Four main areas of interest include: (see Research Group heading for more information)

1. Generating network nanostructures in high molecular weight and ion-conducting block copolymer systems.

2. Stabilizing triply-periodic (network) structures in ultrathin polymer films.

3. Synthesizing novel block copolymer structures in microfluidic devices.

4. Creating thermally-reversible, co-continuous microstructured materials using polymer blends."

XSelected Publications

For a complete listing of publications, please view the Full CV.
  1. Kelley, E. G.; Albert, J. N. L.; Sullivan, M. O.; Epps, T. H., III, "Stimuli-Responsive Copolymer Solution and Surface Assemblies for Biomedical Applications", Chemical Society Reviews 42, 7057, (2013)
  2. Luo, M.; Epps, T. H., III, "Directed Block Copolymer Thin Film Self-Assembly: Emerging Trends in Nanopattern Fabrication", Macromolecules 46(19), 7567, (2013)
  3. Holmberg, A. L.; Reno, K. H.; Wool, R. P.; Epps, T. H., III, "Biobased Building Blocks for the Rational Design of Renewable Block Copolymers", Soft Matter 10, 7405, (2014)
  4. Kelley, E. G.; Murphy, R. P.; Seppala, J. E.; Smart, T. P.; Hann, S. D.; Sullivan, M. O.; Epps, T. H., III, "Size Evolution of Highly Amphiphillic Macromolecular Solution Assemblies via a Distinct Bimodal Pathway", Nature Communications 5, 3599, (2014)
  5. Shelton, C. K.; Epps, T. H., III, "Block Copolymer Thin Films: Characterizing Nanostructure Evolution with In Situ X-ray and Neutron Scattering", Polymer 105, 545, (2016)
  6. Greco, C. T.; Epps, T. H., III; Sullivan, M. O., "Mechanistic Design of Polymer Nanocarriers to Spatiotemporally Control Gene Silencing", ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering 2(9), 1582, (2016)
  7. Greco, C. T.; Muir, V. G.; Epps, T. H., III; Sullivan, M. O., "Efficient Tuning of siRNA Dose Response by Combining Mixed Polymer Nanocarriers with Simple Kinetic Modeling", Acta Biomaterialia 50, 407, (2017)
  8. Morris, M. A.; Gartner, T. E.; Epps, T. H., III, "TALENT: Regulating Block Polymer Structure, Properties, and Processability for Nanostructured Materials Systems", Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 218, 1600513, (2017)
  9. Peterson, G.W.; Lu, A.X.; Hall, M.G.; Browe, M.A.; Tovar, T.M.; Epps, T.H., III, "MOFwich: Sandwiched Mixed Matrix Membranes from Layered Metal-Organic Framework/Polymer Composites", ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 10(8), 6820, (2018)
  10. Wang, S.; Shuai, L.; Saha, B.; Vlachos, D.G.; Epps, T.H., III, "From Tree to Tape: Direct Synthesis of Pressure Sensitive Adhesives from Depolymerized Raw Lignocellulosic Biomass", ACS Central Science 4(6), 701, (2018)


XSelected Awards

For a complete listing of awards, please view the Full CV.
  1. John H. Dillon Medal (American Physical Society: 2016)
  2. Owens Corning Early Career Award (AIChE: 2015)
  3. Kavli Fellow (National Academy of Sciences: 2014)
  4. Frontiers of Science Participant (National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Japan-US: 2014)
  5. Sigma Xi Young Investigator Award: 2014
  6. Frontiers of Engineering Participant (National Academy of Engineering (NAE) US-EU: 2013)
  7. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professor Award (MIT: 2012)
  8. Thomas and Kipp Gutshall Chair of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (University of Delaware: 2012)
  9. Gerard J. Mangone Young Scholar Award (Alison Young Professor) (University of Delaware: 2011)
  10. DuPont Young Professor Award: 2010

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