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White, Tim Professor and Gallogly Professor


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research overview

  • The Responsive and Programmable (R+PM) Group is generally interested in realizing functional utility in soft materials. Our research is highly interdisciplinary, bridging materials chemistry, polymer science, mechanics, optics, and applied physics. Current research activities are broadly focused on directing the self-assembly of liquid crystalline polymeric materials to realize shape transformation or optical reconfiguration.


  • liquid crystals, liquid crystal elastomers, soft robotics, programmable materials, shape memory, responsive materials, elastocaloric


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courses taught

  • CHEN 5470 - Functional Materials Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    The synthesis, organization, and processing of materials can enable functional performance. Curriculum will overview the synthesis and design of functional organic and inorganic materials. A particular emphasis will be placed on structure-performance correlations between chemistry and materials organization. Topical foci will include polymers, biomaterials, and materials for energy. Recommended prerequisite: Introductory course(s) in materials or organic chemistry.
  • CHEN 5838 - Special Topics in Chemical Engineering
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2021
    Graduate-selected topics courses offered upon demand. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • CHEN 5919 - Special Topics in CHBE
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    May be repeated up to 5 total credit hours.
  • MSEN 5919 - Special Topics in MSE
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Offers an opportunity for special topics in MSE. Subject arrangement to fit the needs of the program. May be repeated up to 10 total credit hours.


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