Advanced Materials are urgently needed to accelerate progress in emerging areas such as photonics, green process engineering, renewable energy, aerospace, tissue engineering and biomedicine. The intersection between engineering and materials science offers fertile ground for technological breakthroughs and is a hallmark of Chemical Engineering at the University of Rochester. Researchers skillfully apply thermodynamics and transport principles to design and achieve new materials with unprecedented end-properties. Innovations have included glassy liquid crystals, vapor deposited polymer films, electrically responsive liquid crystal flakes, hydroxyapatite thin films for bone healing, and self-stretching polymers. Faculty and students have access to quality laboratory facilities, computational resources and characterization tools.
Active Faculty / Research Areas
M. Anthamatten: Shape-memory polymers, nanoparticle assembly; ion-conductive polymers, membranes for gas separation
S.H. Chen: Robust organic materials for laser applications; geometric surfactants; spontaneous ordering and self-assembly of nanoparticles
H. Mukaibo: Piezoresistive metal composites; porous thin films; gradient metal-alloy films; micro/nano-needle arrays
A. Shestopolov: Multicomponent anisotropic colloids
D. Wu: Smart tissue scaffolds for bone marrow and lymph node tissue engineering and regenerative medicine
M.Z. Yates: Thin films, membranes, coatings, small particles, crystallization, and microencapsulation