Polymers and Biomaterials

Research on polymers at UT Austin focuses on electronic, structural and chemical properties for applications in microelectronics, low cost solar materials, biomass, structural composites, and membrane materials. Biomaterials research includes the study of biomaterials interfaces and materials for controlled drug release.

Associated Graduate Program Faculty

Akinwande, Deji
Carbon-based nano electronics, wireless flexible electronics, medical electronics

Brown, Jr., R. Malcolm
Atomic and molecular imaging; electronic paper; cellulose biosynthesis; cellulose structure; saccharides; feedstocks, biomass, and biofuels

Chen, Jonathan Yan
bio-based non-woven composites for automotive interior manufacture; fabrication and characterization of activated carbon fiber materials for end uses in protective garments, water/air filtration, bio- and chemical-contaminant cleanup, and noise absorption and insulation; and regenerated cellulose/nanoparticle polymers and fibers

Fan, Donglei
Single molecular sensing by novel optical, magnetic, and electric methods; Precision drug/gene releasing and delivery using nanoparticles as vehicles

Ho, Paul S.
Micro-fabricated perforated polymer devices for long-term drug delivery; high dielectric constant polymers

Huang, Rui
Integrated materials and structures of small dimensions; emerging nano/bio-technologies; computational mechanics, multiscale modeling and simulations

Johnston, Keith P.
Nanocrystals for imaging and therapy in atherosclerosis and cancer; drug delivery of peptides; proteins and poorly water soluble drugs; colloid and interface science; polymers at interfaces; molecular thermodynamics

Krifa, Mourad
Characterization and modeling the interactions among fibers/particulate materials and textile and para-textile structures and products, and on developing new materials, structures and processes that emphasize the utilization of natural fibers in new high value-added applications

Liechti, Kenneth M.
Interfacial force microscopy
; nanoindentation of ultra thin films and self-assembled monolayers
; mechanics of adhesion and friction
; interfacial fracture mechanics
; experimental mechanics
; viscoelasticity
; composite materials; microelectronics packaging

Li, Wei
Materials processing and manufacturing, particularly multifunctional nanomaterials, biomaterials, and biomedical micro devices; biomedical micro devices for 3D cell culture and drug delivery, polymer nano foams and nanocomposites for multifunctional applications, nanoporous materials for energy storage, and manufacturing processes for alternative transportation energy

Lu, Nanshu
Mechanics of thin films on compliant substrates, mechanics of flexible electronics with extreme deformability and compliance, mechanics at bio-electronics interfaces, development of novel bio-integrated soft electronics for cardiac, neural and epidermal applications

Moon, Tess J.
Clay-reinforced polymer-matrix nanocomposites; flame retardant composites

Paul, Donald R.
Polymer membranes for separation of chemicals, barriers films, and drug delivery; formulation and characterization of blends or alloys of different polymers; clay-based, polymer matrix composites

Ravi-Chandar, K.
Mechanical behavior of solids with a particular emphasis on high strain rate fracture behavior; dynamic fracture; inelastic behavior of polymers and composites

Sanchez, Isaac C.
Statistical thermodynamics of bulk and interfacial phenomena in polymer liquids, solutions and blends; solubility of fluids in polymers; computer simulations of polymer properties

Wheat, Harovel G.
Environmental degradation of polymer composites, corrosive properties of grouts and fuels; chemical aspects of laser sintering processes, and smart coatings

Willson, C. Grant
Block Copolymer Nanolithography; Materials for double Exposure Lithography; E-Beam Resists; Immersion Lithography; Non-linear optical Materials

Yu, Guihua
Self-assembled nanosystems for flexible electronics and optoelectronics
Hybrid inorganic-organic nanomaterial systems for functional interface with biological systems

Xu, Bugao
Advanced textiles; methods characterizing textile products; instrumentation of textile testing; and new technology for apparel mass customization

Yuebing Zheng
Nanoscience and nanotechnology at the interfaces of photonics, fluidics, and molecular engineering. Interactions between light and matter at the nanoscale; nanomaterials and nano devices for disease diagnosis and therapy and solar energy; Molecular Motors, Molecular Plasmonics, and Plasmofluidics.