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Materials Synthesis, Processing, Structure and Properties

Top-view of a Thin-film Transistor

The engineering of materials is simultaneously as old as human history (Bronze Age, Iron Age, Silicon Age), and an area which today is exploding with recent developments, as we gain control of structure at the nanoscale, or move into areas where synthetic and biological materials interface. At Princeton, materials research is a broad-based effort extending across many science and engineering departments, and the interdepartmental Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM). Within Chemical Engineering, particular areas of strength and interest include organic materials (both polymers and small molecules), colloidal dispersions and nanoparticles, ceramics and glasses, and biomaterials. Applications for our inventions range from large-area electronics, to lightweight structural materials, to fluids with tailored flow behavior, to novel pharmaceutical delivery vehicles.

Faculty Research Area
Aksay, Ilhan

Ilhan A. Aksay
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

A326 Engineering Quad

Ceramics and Glasses; Colloidal Dispersions; Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Brangwynne, Clifford

Clifford P. Brangwynne
Assistant Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering

301 Hoyt Laboratory

Patterning in Developing Embryos; Physical Properties and Function of RNA/Protein Bodies; Architecture and Dynamics of the Cytoskeleton

Koel, Bruce

Bruce E. Koel
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Undergraduate Departmental Representative

A311 Engineering Quad

Surface Science; Heterogeneous Catalysis; Photocatalysis; Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; Plasma-Materials Interactions

Loo, Yueh-Lin (Lynn)

Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo
Theodora D. '78 and William H. Walton III '74 Professor in Engineering
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Associate Director for External Partnerships, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

A323 Engineering Quad

Organic and Polymer Transistors and Solar Cells; Organic Semiconductors and Conducting Polymers; Self-Assembled Monolayers; Soft Lithography; Block Copolymers

Nelson, Celeste

Celeste M. Nelson
Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

303 Hoyt Laboratory

Mammalian Tissue Morphogenesis/Morphodynamics; Microfabrication/bioMEMS for Tissue Engineering; Cell Adhesion and Mechanics

Panagiotopoulos, Athanassios

Athanassios Z. Panagiotopoulos
Susan Dod Brown Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Director of Graduate Studies

A317 Engineering Quad

Molecular simulation of fluids, materials and biological systems; Thermodynamic analysis of processes; Ionic liquids and their applications; Computational Material Science

Priestley, Rodney

Rodney D. Priestley
Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

A417 Engineering Quad

Polymer Science and Engineering, Nanoscale Materials Characterization, Supramolecular Polymers, Healing and Responsive Materials, Polymeric Membranes

Prud'homme, Robert

Robert K. Prud'homme
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Director, Program in Engineering Biology

A301 Engineering Quad

Flow in Porous Media; Micro and Nanofluidic Phenomena; Rheology; Colloidal Dispersions; Polymer Engineering

Register, Richard

Richard A. Register
Eugene Higgins Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Chair, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

A217 Engineering Quad

Polymer Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering; Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; Rheology

Russel, William

William B. Russel
Arthur W. Marks '19 Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Dean of the Graduate School

A225 Engineering Quad

Nanoscience and nanotechnology; colloidal dispersions: gelation, crystallization, rheology modifiers, architectural, paper, and tape coatings, film formation and cracking, fillers for polymer melts; thin polymer films: instabilities, micron and submicron patterning, effects of electric or stress fields, coarsening, cracking

Scherer, George

George W. Scherer
William L. Knapp '47 Professor of Civil Engineering
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

E319 Engineering Quad

Biopreservations; Art and Monument Conservation; Flow in Porous Media; Ceramics and Glasses