University of Delaware - College of Engineering



Eric M Furst

Eric Furst
  • Full Professor
  • Director, Center for Molecular & Engineering Thermodynamics (CMET)

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

  • Post-Doctorate - 2001 Institut Curie, Paris, France
  • Doctorate - 2000 Stanford University
  • Masters - 1996 Stanford University
  • Bachelors - 1995 Carnegie Mellon University

"Research in the Furst Group focuses on the physics and chemistry underlying the behavior of colloidal, polymeric, biomolecular, and other "soft" materials. Our efforts concentrate on investigations of structure, interactions and material response through the development of novel experimental techniques. These include optical tweezers, confocal microscopy, and passive and active microrheology. Applications of interest include nanomaterials for energy conversion, complex fluids engineering, and biotechnology. Many of the interesting problems we currently work on stem from close partnerships with industry and national laboratories."

XSelected Publications

For a complete listing of publications, please view the Full CV.
  1. J. W. Swan, P. A. Vasquez, P. A. Whitson, E. M. Fincke, K. Wakata, S. H. Magnus, F. De Winne, M. R. Barratt, H. H. Agui, R. D. Green, N. R. Hall, D. Y. Bohman, C. T. Bunnell, A. P. Gast and E. M. Furst, "Multi-scale kinetics of a field-directed colloidal phase transition", Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 109, 16023, (2012)
  2. J. W. Swan, M. M. Shindel and E. M. Furst, "Measuring thermal rupture force distributions from an ensemble of trajectories", Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 198302, (2012)
  3. M. M. Panczykk J. G. Park, N. J. Wagner and E. M. Furst, "Two-dimensional directed assembly of dicolloids", Langmuir 29, 75, (2013)
  4. P. J. Beltramo and E. M. Furst, "Predicting the disorder-order transition of dielectrophoretic colloidal assembly with dielectric spectroscopy", Electrophoresis 34, 1000, (2013)
  5. J. W. Swan and E. M. Furst, "Non-equilibrium distributions and hydrodynamic coupling distort the measurement of nano-scale forces near interfaces", Biophys. J. 104, 863, (2013)
  6. D. Schneider, P. J. Beltramo, M. Mattarelli, P. Pfleiderer, J. Vermant, D. Crespy, M. Montagna, E. M. Furst, and G. Fytas, "Elongated polystyrene spheres as resonant building blocks in anisotropic colloidal crystals", Soft Matter 9, 9219, (2013)
  7. J. A. Emerson, D. T. W. Toolan, J. R. Howse, E. M. Furst and T. H. Epps, III, "Determination of solvent-polymer and polymer-polymer Flory-Huggins interaction parameters for poly(3-hexylthiophene) via solvent vapor swelling", Macromolecules 46, 6533, (2013)
  8. K. Whitaker and E. M. Furst, "Layer-by-layer synthesis of mechanically robust solvent-permeable silica nano-shells", Langmuir 30, 584, (2014)
  9. E. M. Furst, "Directed Self-Assembly", Soft Matter 9, 9039, (2013)
  10. J. W. Swan, J. L. Bauer, Y. Liu and E. M. Furst, "Directed colloidal self-assembly in toggled magnetic fields", Soft Matter 10, 1102, (2014)


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XSelected Awards

For a complete listing of awards, please view the Full CV.
  1. Chaire Joliot, Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI), Paris: 2014
  2. Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (NASA: 2014)
  3. Fellow (American Chemical Society: 2014)
  4. Fellow (American Chemical Society: 2014)
  5. Top Application from the International Space Station (American Astronautical Society: 2013)
  6. Distinguished Lindsay Lecture (Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University: 2013)
  7. Soft Matter Lectureship Award: 2013
  8. Excellence in Undergraduate Advising and Mentoring Award (University of Delaware: 2013)
  9. Senior Thesis Mentor Award (University of Delaware: 2013)
  10. Chaire Joliot Visiting Professor, Laboratoire PMMH, ESPCI, Paris: 2010

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