2024 Awardee of the Procter & Gamble Soft Matter Lectureship

Norm Wagner

Unidel Robert L. Pigford Chair in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Director, Center for Neutron Science

University of Delaware

Biography        Abstract

Location and Time

Thursday May 9
4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Clifton Court Hall 1170 - Auditorium
University of Cincinnati


4pm Introduction
4:10 P&G Lectureship in Soft Matter Award 2024:
        Norm Wagner
        University of Delaware
       Thixotropy, Shear Rheology and Electron Transport in Model Carbon Black Suspensions Under Flow
5:10 Research Presentation by P&G representative:
        Matt Lynch
        Polymers for preparing sprayable yield-stress fluids
5:35 Research Presentation by UC representative:
        Jon Pham
        Wetting, adhesion, and friction of soft material surfaces
6:00-7:30 Reception and Poster Session
        Presenter,                            Poster Title,                                                       Organization
        Briana L. Simms        Simms Lab of Functional Biomaterials        Simms Group
        Ben Yavitt                    Amine Functionalized Polyolefins: Dynamic Self Healing Adhesives                    Yavitt Group
        Mingming Lu                    TBD                    Lu Group
        Hong-Sik Eom                    Tire Wear Particles                    Beaucage Group
        Luoxi Tan                    TBD                    Nickels Group
        Kyujin Ko                    Spreading dynamics of transiently-crosslinked PDMS spheres        Pham Group
        To be added...

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Soft Matter Research at the University of Cincinnati

Ben Yavitt

Rheology of polylmers, nanocomposites, X-ray scattering.

Jon Nickels

Biomaterials, biomedical research, dynamic and static neutron scattering.

Jon Pham

Surfaces, gels and adhesion. Rheology of polylmers ang gels.

Yoonjee Park

Biomedical materials, drug delivery devices, studies of skin.

Neil Ayres

Neil Ayres current research interests include preparing stimulit responsive hydrogels and synthesizing porous polymers. Neil Ayres received his Ph. D. in chemistry from The University of Warwick in 2003 where he worked with Prof. David Haddleton. After a post-doc with Charles McCormick at The University of Southern Mississippi he worked with William Brittain at The University of Akron studying stimuli-responsive polymer brushes. From there he spent two years as a post-doc at The University of Utah with Prof. David Grainger before becoming an assistant professor at The University of Cincinnati in 2008.

Greg Beaucage

Beaucage is studying the formation of tire wear microplastics and nanoparticles, supercritical alkanes (propane and butane) for plastics recyling especially in the developing world, dispersion of fillers and additives in multihierarchical materials such as tires, structure/property relationships in hierarchcial materials specifically Li+ anodes, modeling of X-ray, neutron and light scattering.

Briana Simms

Dr. Briana Simms is a synthetic polymer chemist who specializes in the design, synthesis, and characterization of novel biomaterials with the goal of addressing challenges related to public health. Currently, she is focused on the development of soft biomaterials such as lipid nanoparticles and hydrogels for applications in therapeutic delivery and wound healing, respectively.

Jude Iroh

Polymer nanocomposites, Li+ cathode research.

Donglu Shi

Dr. Donglu Shi is a professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. His research focuses on polymer drug/gene delivery systems for medical diagnostics and therapeutics, and plasma polymerization of nanoparticles for biological molecule conjugation. Dr. Shi's group has created a range of polymeric nanoparticles for treating pulmonary vascular diseases, such as lipid nanoparticles, Poly(beta-amino ester)s (PBAEs), and PEI-based polymeric nanoparticles. Through collaboration with Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Dr. Shi has spearheaded the development of non-toxic poly(β-amino) ester (PBAE) nanoparticles, showcasing their efficiency in delivering nucleic acids to pulmonary endothelial cells. In addition, Dr. Shi explores the electronic structures, photonic behaviors, and magnetic properties of nanomaterials, with a focus on efficient solar harvesting and energy generation.

Vesco Shanov

Issued 5 joint US patents with P&G and Shanov’s group related to: 1. Fabrication and characterization of films including a water-soluble layer and a vapor-deposited inorganic coatings; 2. Beauty care films including a water-soluble layer and a vapor-deposited coatings; 3. Apparatus and method for mixing by producing shear and cavitation; 4. Apparatus and method for treating a workpiece using plasma generated from microwave radiation to produce protective polymer films; 5. Portable apparatus and method for treating a workpiece for their protection with plasma-deposited polymer films. Prof. Shanov’s current research is focused on graphene and carbon nanotubes, synthesis, processing, and advanced applications for energy storage, sensors, composites, etc.

Taso Angelopoulos

Novel platinum structure syntheses to investigate structure sensitivity in fuel cell electrocatalysis at the atomic cluster to single crystal transition. · Understanding confinement effects in polymer-supported heterogeneous catalysts for ambient chemical hazard detection, capture, and conversion. · Investigate mechanisms of inorganic ligand attachment for complex fluid stabilization during the formation of layered nanoparticle assembles. · Understanding electrical conduction mechanisms in layered assemblies of heterogeneous nanoparticles for sustainable energy applications.

Carlos Co

Syhtnetic polymer and soft matter chemistry.

Chia Chi Ho

Biomaterials and soft matter research.