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Graduate Students

Jung Min Kim

Rheology, microstructure, and thermodynamics of thermoreversible gels with tunable interactions

Mark Panczyk

Directed Assembly of Anisotropic Particles in AC Electric Fields

Dongcui Li

Thermodynamics, Microstructure and Rheology of Polyelectrolyte-Surfactant Coacervation

Kate Gurnon

Shear thickening fluids for application in field responsive composite materials

Doug Godfrin

Percolation, Gelation, and Cluster Formation of Nanomaterials

Jingsi Gao

Nanocomposites for Space Applications: Concentrated Colloidal Suspensions under Extreme Conditions

Colin Cwalina

Shear Thickening Fluid-Composites for Hypervelocity Impact Resistance in Space Suits

Stephen Ma

Generating Surface Topography on Thiol-ene Polymers

Daniel Greene

Dense Phase Protein Behavior

Matt Armstrong

Rheology of Thixotropic Systems

Yun Soo Kim

Shear Thickening behavior of anisotropic system

Michelle Calabrese

Rheo-SANS: Structure-Property Relationships via Simultaneous Rheology and SANS

Melissa Gordon

Smart and Healing Materials for Inflatable Habitats and EVA Suits in Space

Postdoctoral and Visiting Researchers

Rich Dombrowski

Engineered Crystal Products

Rose Ndong

Phase Diagram of Model Adhesive Hard Ellipsoids Systems

Undergraduate Students

Leo DeRita

Various surfactants in ionic liquids and establishing the phase diagram

Tony Pallanta

Shear Thickening Fluid Research

Former Graduate Students

Dr. Jeong Jae Wie Ph.D. 2012
Thesis title: Non-Einstein Phenomenon in Polymer Nanocomposites
Employed by:

Dr. Carrie Street Ph.D. 2012
Thesis title: Rheophysics of Thixotropic Pastes: The Rheology and Microstructure of Systems Containing Crystallizing Surfactants
Employed by:

Dr. Dennis Kalman Ph.D. 2010
Thesis title: Microstructure and rheology of concentrated suspensions of near hard sphere colloidal spheres
Employed by:

Dr. Jason McMullan Ph.D. 2010
Thesis title: Directed Self-Assembly of Colloidal Crystals with Electric and Shear Fields
Employed by: ExxonMobil Process Research Laboratories, Annandale, NJ

Prof. Amit Kumar Ph.D. 2009
Thesis title: Configurational Diffusion of Small Gas Molecules in Nanostructured Materials: A Computational and Experimental Study
Employed by: IIT Guwahati, India

Dr. Matthew Helgeson, Ph.D. 2009
Thesis title: Structure and Rheology of Wormlike Micelle-Nanoparticle Mixtures
Employed by: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Dr. Monica Branco, Ph.D. 2009
Thesis title: Responsive Peptide Hydrogels for Optimal Production of Monoclonal Antibodies
Employed by: National Institutes of Health (NIH), Frederick, MD

Dr. Teokor McFarlane, Ph.D. 2009
Thesis title: Selp-assembly of polyelectrolytes and surfactants in complex fluids
Employed by: Merck, Lansdale, PA

Kate Hollabaugh, M.S. 2008
Thesis title: Microstructure and Rheology of Mixed Ionic Surfactants
Employed by: Dow Chemical Company, Texas City, TX

Dr. Armin Opitz, Ph.D. 2007
Thesis title: Structural and Functional Investigations of a Molecular Imaging Nanoparticle for Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Oncogene Expression in the Pancreas
Employed by: Genzyme, Framingham, MA

Dr. Ronald Egres, Ph.D. 2005
Thesis title: The effects of particle anisotropy on the rheology and microstructure of concentrated colloidal suspensions through the shear thickening transition
Employed by: The DuPont Company, Richmond, VA

Dr. Lakshmi Krishnamurthy, Ph.D. 2005
Thesis title: Microstructure and Rheology of Polymer-Colloid Mixtures
Employed by: The DuPont Company, Wilmington, DE

Vikram Daga, M.S. 2005
Thesis title: Electrospinning and rheology of neat and laponite-filled aqueous poly(ethylene oxide) solutions
Employed by: Unilever, India

Dr. Jan Boshoff, Ph.D. 2004
Thesis title: Configurational Diffusion in Glassy, Amorphous Polymers: Effects of Polymer Structure and Dynamics on Permeation via Molecular Simulation

Dr. Sudhir Shenoy, Ph.D. 2003
Thesis title: Electric Field Effects on the Rheology of Shear Thickening Colloidal Suspensions
Employed by: Schlumberger, Sugarland, TX

Dr. Beth Shubert, Ph.D. 2003
Thesis title: The Microstructure and Rheology of charged, Wormlike Micelles
Employed by: Proctor and Gamble, Cincinnati, OH

Dr. Brian Tande, Ph.D. 2002
Thesis title: The Rheology,Microstructure, and Phase Behavior of Dendritic and Hyperbranched Polymers
Employed by: General Electric

Dr. Brent Maranzano, Ph.D. 2001
Thesis title: Rheology and microstructure of concentrated near hard sphere colloidal dispersions at the shear thickening transition
Employed by: Pfizer, Groton, CT

Dr. Abe Vaynberg, Ph.D. 1999
Thesis title: Rheology and Shear Aggregation of Gelatin Stabilized Colloids
Employed by: Ashland, Wilmington, DE

Dr. Thomas Cuthbert, Ph.D. 1998
Thesis title: Transport of Small Penetrants in Polymer Glasses: Investigations via Simulations
Employed by: Union Carbide, NJ

Dr. William Kernick III, Ph.D. 1998
Thesis title: Rheology and Morphology of Polymer Blends Containing Liquid Crystalline Polymers
Employed by: GE Plastics

Joseph M. Amante, M.S. 1998
Thesis title: Investigation of Shear Thickening in Charge Stabilized Colloidal Dispersions
Employed by: Procter & Gamble, Norwich, NY

Dr. Maria Van Eijndhoven-Rivera, Ph.D. 1997
Thesis title: Flow Induced Morphological Transitions In Polymer Blends Containing A Liquid Crystalline Polymer
Employed by : The DuPont Company, Wilmington, DE

Prof. Johan Bergenholtz, Ph.D. 1996
Thesis title: Statics and Dynamics of Colloidal Suspensions with Attractive Interactions
Employed by: University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Prof. Jonathan W. Bender, Ph.D. 1995
Thesis title: Rheo-Optical Investigations of the Microstructure of Model Colloidal Suspensions
Employed by: University of South Carolina

Dr. Sanjeev Rastogi, Ph.D. 1995
Thesis title: Nonequilibrium Brownian Dynamics of Colloidal Suspensions
Employed by: Union Carbide Corporation, Bound Brook, NJ

Prof. Lynn M. Walker, Ph.D. 1995
Thesis title: Rheology and Rheo-Optics of Liquid Crystal Polymers Under Flow
Employed by: Carnegie Mellon University

Former Undergraduate Researchers

Anne Golematis, B.S. 2011
Jim McGovern, B.S. 2010
Eitan Berlaz, B.S. 2010
Kristie Grammatikos, B.S. 2007
Joe Houghton, B.S. 2007
Marielle Newman, B.S. 2007
Matthew Decker, B.S. 2006
Andrew Klein, B.S. 2006
Andrew Marshall, B.S. 2005
Phil Matthews, B.S. 2005
Steve Ramick, B.S. 2005
John Kirkwood, B.S. 2004
Keith Kirkwood, B.S. 2004

Former Postdoctoral Researchers


Dr. Eric Yearley
Dr. Jeremy Fowler
Dr. Prachi Thareja
Dr. Carlos López-Barrrón
Dr. Jun Fang
Dr. John Bishop
Dr. Basavaraj Madivala
Dr. Aaron Eberle
Dr. Armin Opitz
Dr. Manish Kelkar
Dr. Florian Nettesheim
Dr. Caroline Nam Laufer
Dr. Matthew Liberatore
Dr. Emily Pollauf
Dr. Young Sil Lee
Dr. Raphael Pesche
Dr. Stacey Elliot
Dr. Gerhardt Fritz
Dr. Leo Hanus
Dr. Markus Banerjee
Dr. Igor Bodnar

Former Visiting Researchers


Dr. Ramón Castañeda-Priego, Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico
Dr. Dimitris Vlassopoulos, FORTH Institute, Crete, Greece
Dr. Jan Mewis, K.U. Leuven, Belgium
Dr. Bruno D'Aguanno, CRS4, Sardinia
Dr. Hans Christian Ottinger, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
Dr. Jan K.G. Dhont, Forschungszentrum Julich
Dr. Jan Vermant, K.U. Leuven, Belgium