Faculty Profile

Thomas H. Epps, III

Thomas and Kipp Gutshall Senior Career Development Professor

Director, Center for Research in Soft matter & Polymers (CRiSP)

Director, Center for Molecular & Engineering Thermodynamics (CMET)

Joint Professor, Materials Science & Engineering

Affiliated Professor, Biomedical Engineering


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

About Thomas H. Epps, III

Thomas is the Director of the Center for Molecular and Engineering Thermodynamics and the Thomas and Kipp Gutshall Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware (UD) with a joint appointment in Materials Science & Engineering and an affiliated appointment in Biomedical Engineering. He received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from MIT in 1998 and an M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from MIT in 1999. He completed his graduate research at the University of Minnesota and received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 2004; he then joined NIST as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow. Prof. Epps joined UD in the summer of 2006.

His research interests include nanostructured assemblies for targeted drug delivery and gene therapy, polymeric materials for bio-separation and ion-conduction membranes, nanostructured soft materials from biobased feedstocks, and polymer films for nanotemplating. Prof. Epps has received several honors and awards including: the John H. Dillon Medal from APS (2016); the Owens-Corning Early Career Award from AIChE (2015); named a Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences (2014); the Sigma Xi Young Investigator Award (2014); the Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professorship at MIT (2012); the Thomas & Kipp Gutshall Professorship at UD (2012); the UD Alison Society, Gerard J. Mangone Young Scholars Award (2011); the DuPont Young Professor Grant Award (2010); the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (2009); the Air Force Young Investigator Award (2008); the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) Lloyd N. Ferguson Young Scientist Award (2007), and a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award (2007) among others. Prof. Epps also is active in the American Chemical Society (ACS Board of Directors Development Advisory Board), American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Physical Society (Polymers Division), and Sigma Xi. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2017 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) in 2018.

Select 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. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. 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)
  6. 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)
  7. 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)
  8. 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)
  9. 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)
  10. Holmberg, A. L.; Nguyen, N. A.; Karavolias, M. G.; Reno, K. H.; Wool, R. P.; Epps, T. H., III, “Syringyl Methacrylate, a Hardwood Lignin-Based Monomer for High-Tg Polymeric Materials”, ACS Macro Letters 5(5), 574, (2016)


  1. Multivariate HKUST-1 Based Metal Organic Frameworks with Reactive Amine Group (U.S. Prov. Appl.) (62/781938): T. H. Epps, III, G. Peterson, 2018
  2. Bio-based copolymer electrolytes and binders for batteries (U.S. Prov. Appl.) (62/713571): T. H. Epps, III, M. Morris, 2018
  3. Tapered Block Copolymer Electrolytes (U.S. Pat. #9,935,332): T. H. Epps, III, W. Kuan, 2018
  4. Lignin-Based Pressure Sensitive Adhesives (U.S. Prov. Appl.) (62/615040): T. H. Epps, III, S. Wang, L. Shuai, B. Saha, D. G. Vlachos, 2018
  5. Stress-Responsive Compositions and Uses Thereof (International Appl.) (PCT/US2017/47375): T. H. Epps, III, M. B. Gordon, G. E. Knappe, S. Wang, N. J. Wagner, 2017
  6. Layered Mixed Matrix Membranes from Metal-Organic Frameworks and Metal Oxides (U.S. Prov. Appl.) (62/545559): T. H. Epps, III, G. W. Peterson, A. X. Lu, J. S. Epps, 2017
  7. Hybrid Formulation of Responsive Polymeric Nanocarriers for Therapeutic and Diagnostic Delivery (U.S. Prov. Appl.) (62/362085): T. H. Epps, III, C. T. Greco, M. O. Sullivan, 2017
  8. One-Step, Continuous Device and Approach to Solvent Cast and Shear-Align Block Copolymer Nanostructures (U.S. Prov. Appl.) (62/264986): T. H. Epps, III, C. M. Shelton, 2016
  9. Bio-Based Block Polymers Derived from Lignin and Fatty Acids (U.S. Pat. #9,512,249): T. H. Epps, III, A. L. Holmberg, J. F. Stanzione, III, R. P. Wool, 2016
  10. New Biobased Hardwood Monomers for Tuning Polymer Properties (U.S. Prov. Appl.) (62/191551): T. H. Epps, III, A. L. Holmberg, K. H. Reno, 2016


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

Research Areas 

Five main areas of interest include: (see Research Group website for more information.)

1. Ion-conducting battery membranes

2. Biobased materials from waste feedstocks to create performance-advantaged polymer systems

3. Nanostructured polymers – linking structure/property/processing relationships in thin film and coatings fabrication

4. Stimuli-responsive polymer systems for targeted drug delivery and gene therapy applications

5. Polymer/MOF mixed-matrix composites for chemical warfare agent (CWA) remediation”

Office: 232 CLB
Phone: 302-831-0215

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