University of Delaware - College of Engineering
CHEMICAL & BIOMOLECULAR ENGINEERING

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Thomas H Epps, III

Thomas Epps, III
  • Thomas & Kipp Gutshall Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Associate Professor
  • DuPont Young Professor

215 CLB
University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware 19716
thepps@udel.edu
302-831-0215
302-831-1048 (fax)


Education
  • 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. Luo, M.; Seppala, J. E.; Albert, J. N. L.; Lewis, R. L., III; Mahadevapuram, N.; Stein, G. E.; Epps, T. H., III, "Manipulating nanoscale Morphologies in Cylinder-Forming Poly(styrene-b-isoprene-b-styrene) Thin Films Using Film Thickness and Substrate Surface Chemistry Gradients", Macromolecules 46, 1803, (2013)
  2. Petzetakis, N.; Robin, M. Pl.; Patterson, J. P.; Kelley, E. G.; Cotanda, P.; McHale, R.; Bomans, P. H. H.; Sommerdijk, N. A. J. M.; Dove, A. P.; Epps, T. H., III; O'Reilly, R. K., "Hollow Block Copolymer Nanoparticles Through a Spontaneous One-Step Structural Reorganization", ACS Nano 7, 1120, (2013)
  3. Mastroianni, S.; Epps, T. H., III, "Interfacial Manipulations: Controlling Nanoscale Assembly in Bulk, Thin Film, and Solution Block Copolymer Systems", Langmuir 29, 3864, (2013)
  4. 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)
  5. Patterson, J. P.; Cotanda, P.; Kelley, E. G.; Moughton, A. O.; Lu, A.; Epps, T. H., III; O'Reilly, R. K., "Catalytic Y-Shaped Amphiphilic Homopolymers - Aqueous Nanoreactors for High Activity, Low Loading SCS Pincer Catalysts", Polymer Chemistry 4, 2033, (2013)
  6. Seppala, J. E.; Lewis, R. L., III; Epps, T. H., III, "Spatial and Orientation Control of Cylindrical Nanostructures in ABA Triblock Copolymer Thin Films by Raster Solvent Vapor Annealing (RSVA)", ACS Nano 6, 9855, (2012)
  7. Kuan, W. F.; Roy, R.; Rong, L.; Hsiao, B.; Epps, T. H., III, "Design and Synthesis of Network-Forming Triblock Copolyers Using Tapered Interfaces", ACS Macro Letters 1, 519, (2012)
  8. Albert, J. N. L.; Young, W.; Bogart, T. D.; Lewis, R. L., III; Smith, J.; Epps, T. H., III, "A Systematic Study of the Effect of Solvent Removal Rate on the Morphology of Solvent Vapor Annealed ABA Triblock Copolymer Thin Films", ACS Nano 6(1), 459, (2012)
  9. Young, W.; Epps, T. H., III, "Ionic conductivities of Block Copolymer Electrolytes with Various Conducting Pathways: Sample Preparation and Processing Considerations", Macromolecules 45, 4689, (2012)
  10. Patterson, J. P.; Sanchez, A. M.; Petzetakis, N.; Smart, T. P.; Epps, T. H., III; Portman, I.; Wilson, N. R.; O'Reilly, R. K., "A simple approach to characterizing block copolymer assemblies: graphene oxide supports for high contrast multi-technique imaging", Soft Matter 8(12), 3322, (2012)

XPatents

XSelected Awards

For a complete listing of awards, please view the Full CV.
  1. Sigma Xi Young Investigator Award: 2014
  2. Frontiers of Engineering Participant (National Academy of Engineering (NAE) US-EU: 2013)
  3. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professor Award (MIT: 2012)
  4. Thomas and Kipp Gutshall Chair of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (University of Delaware: 2012)
  5. Gerard J. Mangone Young Scholar Award (Alison Young Professor) (University of Delaware: 2011)
  6. DuPont Young Professor Award: 2010
  7. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists & Engineers - Department of Defense: 2009
  8. Air Force Young Investigator Award: 2009
  9. College of Engineering Outstanding Junior Facutly (University of Delaware: 2009)
  10. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering: 2008


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