Department of Chemical Engineering


Mitchell Anthamatten

Associate Professor; Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD, 2001

250 Gavett Hall
(585) 273-5526
Fax: (585) 273-1348


Selected Honors & Awards

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


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.

Recent Publications

Meng, Y.; Fenoli, C. R.; Aguirre-Soto, A.; Bowman, C. N.; Anthamatten, M. "Photoinduced Diffusion Through Polymer Networks" Advanced Materials, 2014, 26, 6497–6502.

Lewis, C. L.; Stewart, K.; Anthamatten, M. “The Influence of Hydrogen Bonding Side-Groups on Viscoelastic Behavior of Linear and Network Polymers” Macromolecules, 2014, 10, 729-740.

Tao, R.; Anthamatten, M. "Porous Polymers by Simultaneous Phase Separation and Vapor Deposition Polymerization" Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 2013, 34, 1755-1760.

Anthamatten, M.; Li, J.; Roddecha, S. "Energy Storage Capacity of Shape-Memory Polymers" Macromolecules, 2013, 10, 4230-4234.

Lewis, C.; Anthamatten, M. "Synthesis, Swelling Behavior, and Viscoelastic Properties of Functional Poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate) with Ureidopyrimidinone Side-Groups", Soft Matter, 2013, 9, 4058-4066.

Research Interests

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.