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Rodney Priestley

Rodney D. Priestley

Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Associate Director, Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM)
Director of Graduate Studies

B.S., Texas Tech University, 2003
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2008

Room: A417 Engineering Quad
Phone: 609-258-5721

Webpage: Priestley Laboratory

Honors and Awards

  • Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Lecturer at Purdue University, 2014
  • NAE Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Invitee, 2014
  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2014
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2014
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, 2013
  • UK PPG/APS DPOLY Exchange Lecturer, 2013
  • Diverse: Issues In Higher Education Emerging Scholar, 2013
  • Howard B. Wentz, Jr. Junior Faculty Award, 2012
  • AFOSR Young Investigator Award, 2012
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2011
  • 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Grant, 2010
  • ACS Young Investigator Award, 2009


Research Areas

Research Interests

I am interested in the physics of polymeric materials and the development of novel polymeric systems as responsive and self healing materials and membranes.

Polymer Physics. We aim to provide a fundamental understanding of the glass transition, non-equilibrium dynamics, and structure-property relationships of polymeric materials and their composite systems. Techniques that allow for nanoscale, interfacial and single molecule studies will be developed.

Responsive and Healing Materials. Responsive and healing materials are of great interest as they could extend the range of application and life cycle of polymeric materials. We will aim to develop and characterize photo and thermally responsive materials based on traditional and supramolecular polymers.

Membranes. Polymeric membranes are a viable option for energy efficient gas separation and water purification. Approaches will be pursed to design and engineer long-term stable glassy membranes as well as to develop nanofiltration and responsive membranes.

Highly motivated graduate students interested in conducting an exciting and rewarding postdoc starting September 2009 should contact me.