Polymers

Not just a synonym for "plastics." Polymer science examines the chemistry, physics, characterization, and applications of long-chain molecules or macromolecules. In materials science, polymers are often studied in connection with chemical engineering and biomaterials.

Researchers

Alfredo Alexander-Katz

Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Bio; Biophysics; Computational Materials Science; Condensed Matter Physics; Nanotechnology; Polymers; Self Assembly

Angela Belcher

Head of the Department of Biological Engineering; James Mason Crafts Professor; Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Professor of Bioengineering

Bio; Biotechnology; Energy Storage; Nanotechnology; Polymers

Darrell J. Irvine

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering & Biological Engineering; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Bio; Biotechnology; Nanotechnology; Polymers

Robert J. Macfarlane

Paul M. Cook Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering

Biomaterials; Materials Chemistry; Mechanical Behavior of Materials; Nanotechnology; Photonic Materials; Polymers; Self Assembly; Composites

Christine Ortiz

Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Bio; Biotechnology; Nanotechnology; Polymers

Caroline A. Ross

Associate Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering; Toyota Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Electronic Materials; Magnetic Materials; Nanotechnology; Polymers; Self Assembly; Surfaces, Interfaces, and Thin Films

Michael F. Rubner

TDK Professor Emeritus of Polymer Materials Science and Engineering; Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow

Biotechnology; Nanotechnology; Polymers

Edwin L. Thomas

Morris Cohen Professor Emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering

Photonic Materials; Polymers; Self Assembly

Krystyn J. Van Vliet

Michael (1949) and Sonja Koerner Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Associate Provost

Bio; Biophysics; Biotechnology; Computational Materials Science; Mechanical Behavior of Materials; Metallurgy; Nanotechnology; Polymers; Structural Materials; Composites; Surfaces, Interfaces, and Thin Films

News

Programming Material Structure

Our friends at the Materials Processing Center recently featured a profile of DMSE Professor Rob Macfarlane. Professor Macfarlane constructs nanoparticle-based crystals by programming interactions of synthetic polymers and biopolymers at the molecular level. …