Dean of the Graduate School, Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Office of the Dean of the Graduate School.
Work in the Priestley Laboratory applies principles of physics, chemistry and engineering towards nanoscale processing and characterization of polymers and soft matter with particular emphasis on thin films, colloids, and nanocomposites. Our work aims to advance the fundamental understanding of how processing combined with confinement and interfacial effects modify materials properties, and how these modifications can be exploited for new materials design. Our work strongly influences the use polymers in thin film for membranes and coatings; nanocomposites as advanced materials; colloids for stabilization, delivery of active ingredients and molecular building blocks. We also endeavor to engage in the use sustainable materials and green processing.