Ryan C. Hayward
Assembly of polymer and particle-based nanostructures; mechanics and instabilities of soft active materials
Our work focuses on tailored nanoscale assemblies of polymers and nanoparticles, and on stimuli-responsive materials that can be dynamically reconfigured to change their structures and properties. With regards to personalized health monitoring, we have developed a variety of new approaches to nano- and micro-scale sensors for chemical, biomolecular, and mechanical cues, for example, based on photonic multilayers based on photo-crosslinkable copolymers, and on mechanical buckling instabilities of soft polymer films. We are interested in developing fundamentally new sensing modalities, and on integrating them with other micro-scale platforms, including microfluidic systems and microelectromecanical (MEMS) devices.
Learn more at www.pse.umass.edu/rhayward/
- BSE Princeton University, 1999
- PhD UC Santa Barbara, 2004