Melissa Novy

Education:
Ph.D. candidate in Macromolecular Science and Engineering
B.S. Chemistry, American University, Washington, D.C.

Current Research Objectives:
Elucidate solution properties and optimize film casting of perfluorosulfonic acid polymer dispersions. Synthesize metal nanoparticles on electrospun carbon nanofiber mats, then coat with Nafion to produce durable, flexible fuel cell electrodes. Measuring electrochemical and mechanical properties of the electrodes and fuel cell performance is in progress.

Chris Kasprzak

Education:
Ph.D. candidate in Macromolecular Science and Engineering
B.S. Biochemistry, concentrating in polymers and coatings, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo CA  
B.S. Biology, concentrating in molecular and cellular technologies, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo CA

Current Research Objectives:
Tailoring copolymer architecture through gel state post-polymerization modification of poly(ether ether ketone) using a variety of synthetic techniques. Intended applications range from fuel cell technologies. My research passions lie with bridging the gaps between chemistry and engineering to alleviate societal issues and provide platforms for next-generation materials.

Zahra Mansouri

Education:
Ph.D. student in Chemistry
M.S. Chemistry, Yazd University, Iran
B.S. Chemistry, Shiraz University, Iran

Current Research Objectives:
Make and functionalize semicrystalline gel state polymers

Glenn Spiering

Education:
Ph.D. student in Macromolecular Science and Engineering
B.S. Plastics Engineering Technology, Penn State Behrend, Erie PA

Current Research Objectives:
Creating and functionalizing poly(ether ether ketone) gels.

Garrett Godshall

Education:
Ph.D. student in Macromolecular Science and Engineering
B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA

Current Research Objectives:
Interpretation of polymer gel morphology in order to improve mechanical properties and probe phase separation behavior of polymer gels.

Michelle Pomatto

Education:
Ph.D. student in Macromolecular Science and Engineering
B.S. Chemistry, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA

Current Research Objectives:
Understand the morphologies resulting from high temperature isothermal gelation of semi-crystalline polymers and the effect on blocky functionalization in the gel state.

Emily Plunkett

Education:
Ph.D. student in Chemistry
B.S. Chemistry, University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA

Current Research Objectives:
Investigating polymer materials for more efficient fuel cell membranes. Currently examining different ways of functionalizing semi-crystalline polymers in the gel state and how these methods affect the properties of the resulting material and their membranes.

Erin Crater

Education:
Ph.D. student in Chemistry
B.S. ACS Certified Chemistry, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg MS
B.S. Polymer Science, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg MS

Current Research Objectives:
Heterogeneous, gel-state functionalization of semicrystalline polymers to afford novel block copolymers.

Former Group Members

Christina Orsino, PhD, Atlanta
Gregory Fahs, PhD, Parallel
Lin Ju, PhD, DuPont
Kristen Felice Noble, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor at Roanoke College
Lindsey Anderson, PhD, Solvay Specialty Polymers
Samantha Talley, PhD, Los Alamos National Lab
Jeremy Beach, PhD, IARL
Theodore Canterbury, PhD, AkzoNobel
Joe Rittenhouse, MS, Memjet Technology
Elise Naughton, PhD, University of Colorado
Amanda Hudson, PhD, RJ Reynold’s
Mingqiang Zhang, PhD, Machine Zone
Scott Forbey, PhD, SAIC
Orkun Kaymakci, MS, Arcelik Group
Katherine Finlay, PhD, Eastman Chemical Company
Nathanael May, MS, GrafTech International
Gilles Divoux, PhD, Solvay Specialty Polymers
Angela Osborn, PhD,
Sonya Benson, PhD, PepsiCo
Shawn Osboorn, PhD, Ascend Performance Materials
Kirt Page, PhD, Dean at Connect University
Greg Geminhardt, PhD, GE Aviation
Alan Phillips, PhD, Eastman Chemical Company
Peyton Hopson, PhD, Vistakon
Angels Domenech, MS, Dow Plastics, TS&D
Grant Barber, PhD, Ticona
Bo Pan, PhD, Pall Corporation
Eric Taylor, PhD, Hard Eight Holdings, LLC
Any Landis, PhD, Penn State York, Instructor of Chemistry
Raghu Gummaraju, PhD, BASF Corporation
Marty Boykin, PhD, Eastment Chemical Company
Kristine Ludwig, PhD, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Kari Haley, MS, Invitrogen
Steve Manning, PhD, Ascend Performance Materials
Bruce Orler, PhD, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Kevin Cable, PhD, Eastman Chemical Company