Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Department of Chemical Engineering

Faculty

Anthamatten

Mitchell Anthamatten

Associate Professor; Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics

Office: 250 Gavett Hall
Phone: (585) 273-5526
Fax: (585) 273-1348
mitchell.anthamatten@rochester.edu
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PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001

Selected Honors & Awards:

Provost's Multidisciplinary Research Award, University of Rochester (2009)
3M Non-tenured Faculty Award (2007)

Courses:

ChE 150: Green Energy 
ChE 213/413: Engineering of Soft Matter

Research Expertise

Macromolecular Self-assembly; Associative & Functional Polymers; Nanostructured Materials; Interfacial Phenomena; Optoelectronic Materials; Vapor Deposition Polymerization.

Research Overview

A major research challenge is to create modular and robust processes that yield functional, easy-to-process polymeric materials. Our group designs polymer architectures containing reversibly binding groups to control supramolecular structure. We apply thermodynamics, synthetic chemistry, and polymer physics to develop stimuli-responsive materials and highly hysteretic processing schemes, leading to quenched, non-equilibrium, end-use states. Notable accomplishments include (1) development of novel shape-memory elastomers containing reversibly binding side-groups capable of elastic energy storage on multiple time-scales, (2) application of vapor deposition polymerization to trap thin film microstructures during film-growth, and (3) development of nanostructured ionomers and liquid crystals to promote ion-transport under anhydrous conditions. Working with surgeons at UR’s school of medicine, we are currently developing biomedical devices that require in vivo shape change. Through collaboration with the UR’s Laboratory of Laser Energetics, a vapor deposition polymerization process is being developed to fabricate spherical microcapsule targets for inertial fusion energy. All projects are highly interdisciplinary, combining core chemical engineering areas with fundamental chemistry, physics and optics, and projects are directed at specific applications in areas of alternative energy, separations, biotechnologies, advanced optics, and optoelectronics.

Recent Publications:

Li, J.; Lewis, C.; Chen, D.; Anthamatten, M. "Dynamic Mechanical Behavior of Photo-Crosslinked Shape-Memory Elastomers,” Macromolecules 2011, 44, 5336-5343.

Papastrat, A.G.; Chu, T.; Anthamatten, M. "Monomer Crystallization during Vapor Deposition Polymerization,” Chemical Vapor Deposition 201117, 141-148.

Roddecha, S.; Anthamatten, M. “Synthesis and Thermotropic Behavior of Imidazole-terminated Liquid Crystals,” Liquid Crystals 201037, 389-397.

Li, J.; Sullivan, K., Brown E., Anthamatten, M. “Thermally Activated Diffusion in Reversibly Associating Polymers,” Soft Matter 20106, 235-238.

Chen, X.; Anthamatten, M. “Solvent-Assisted Dewetting during Chemical Vapor Depositon,” Langmuir 201025, 11555-11562.

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