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Geometrically Frustrated Assembly image

Research by Nick Hackney*, Chris Amey and Greg Grason* was recently published in Physical Review X. In this work, a new minimal model of geometrically frustrated assembly maps out equilibrium phase space and demonstrates existence of... Read More...

October 26, 2023
Block Copolymer research image

Block Copolymers at Homopolymer Interfaces: Conformation and Compatibilization is a recent paper published in Macromolecules. In this work by Zhan Chen,* Christian Steinmetz,* Mingqiu Hu,* E. Bryan Coughlin,* Hanyu Wang, William T.... Read More...

October 26, 2023
Xrayscattering image

Quantitative X-ray scattering and reflectivity measurements of polymer thin films with 2D detectors was recently published in the Journal of Polymer Science. In this publication by Mingqiu Hu*, Xuchen Gan*, Zhan Chen*, Hong-Gyu Seong*,... Read More...

October 26, 2023
Nature cover

Thanks to a complex mathematical algorithm, these plastic shapes follow a very specific route as they roll. In fact, researchers have shown that a shape can be designed to follow almost any path you can think of. What started out as... Read More...

October 11, 2023
Smart droplets research image

Smart Droplets Stabilized by Designer Surfactants: From Biomimicry to Active Motion to Materials Healing was recently published in Advanced Functional Materials by Zhefei Yang*, Deborah Snyder*, Ashlin Sathyan*, Anna Balazs and Todd... Read More...

September 26, 2023
Coughlin group research image

Research by Yuhui Du,* Yang Yang, Peter Deglmann, Thomas W. Holcombe, Yifeng Du* and E. Bryan Coughlin* was recently published entitled, "Competition between radical copolymerization and charge separation of cyclic ketene acetals and... Read More...

September 23, 2023
Al Crosby - New PSE Department Head
We are happy to welcome Al Crosby as the new Department Head of Polymer Science & Engineering. Al has been a member of the PSE faculty since 2002, and he has led a research program focused on bioinspired materials mechanics. He and his... Read More...
September 3, 2023
Chemistry in Lithography cover

Chemistry and Lithography, 2nd ed., Vol. 2: Chemistry in Lithography is a book written by PSE Professor Uzodinma Okoroanyanwu and was published by SPIE Press Monograph. This book is the second in a series of three volumes that make up... Read More...

September 1, 2023
copper electrowetting valves

Research by Xiyu Hu*, Xiaoshuang Wei*, Aditi R Naik*, Laura C Bradley* and James J Watkins* was recently published in Microfluidics and Nanofluidics. In this work, "Rapid scalable fabrication of stable copper electrowetting valves", a ... Read More...

August 23, 2023
research image

Copolymers with varying compositions of catechol methacrylate, MPC, and MAA were synthesized and evaluated for their ability to form antifouling coatings on glass and hydroxyapatite. In the presence of dopamine, thin coatings (∼10 nm)... Read More...

July 30, 2023
bottlebrush research image

Research by Hong-Gyu Seong*, Zachary Fink*, Zhan Chen*, Todd Emrick* and Thomas P. Russell*, entitled "Bottlebrush Polymers at Liquid Interfaces: Assembly Dynamics, Mechanical Properties, and All-Liquid Printed Constructs", was recently... Read More...

July 30, 2023
Ying Zhou graphic research image

A paper entitled, "Sintering evolution monitoring of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene," was recently published by Ying Zhou*, Takuya Ohnishi and Alan Lesser* in the Journal of Polymer Science. An in-situ density evolution is... Read More...

July 25, 2023
Melody Morris photo

PSE is pleased to announce the hire of Melody Morris as Assistant Professor starting September 1, 2023. The Morris group will engineer sustainable macromolecules using accessible automation.

July 5, 2023
Langmuir Cover art


Research by Zhou Xu, Alexander Gamble, Wuqi Amy Niu*, Morgan N. Smith*, Sloan Siegrist, Mark Tuominen and Maria M. Santore* was recently published in Langmuir. In this work the authors present a novel depletion-based... Read More...

May 26, 2023
Reika Katsumata picture

Reika Katsumata has been selected to one of the ACS PMSE 2023 Early Stage Investigators, which is based on research innovation and productivity as an independent research investigator, along with teaching and service. Katsumata will... Read More...

May 5, 2023
President Houkin in Crosby Group Lab


It was a great honor to host President Houkin and his delegation from Hokkaido University in our labs. We discussed our strong history of collaboration, especially with Professor Jian Ping Gong. We are especially grateful for... Read More...

May 1, 2023
Neutron research image

Work by Mingqiu Hu*, Xindi Li, William T. Heller, Wim Bras, Javid Rzayev, and Thomas P. Russell* was recently published in Macromolecules. In this work, researchers used grazing-incidence small-angle neutron scattering (GISANS) to probe... Read More...

April 12, 2023
Ben Greenvall photo

Benjamin Greenvall, Grason Group member,  has been selected to receive a 2023 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This NSF GRFP Fellowship offers three years of support.

“Being chosen as a NSF Graduate...

March 29, 2023
Book cover image

"The material is tailored to beginning graduate students, and the author's style gently captures the mathematical sophistication required, while never losing sight of the underlying physics. This book represents the first comprehensive... Read More...

March 29, 2023
Soft matter research image

Douglas Hall, Mark Stevens and Greg Grason have recently published an article in Soft Matter entitled, "Building blocks of non-Euclidean ribbons: Size-controlled self-assembly via discrete frustrated particles". Geometric frustration... Read More...

February 12, 2023