Explore the frontiers of polymers and soft materials through research, scholarship, and community.

Academic Highlights:  The department hosts one of the largest academic polymer and soft materials centers in the world from which more PhDs have graduated than any other U.S. polymer program—an average of 15 to 20 each year. Research projects are supported by DOE, FAA, NSF, NIH, EPA, DOD, and other federal agencies, as well as 40+ industrial sponsors. Leveraging more than $40M of instrumentation housed in staff-run shared instrument facilities, research groups conduct fundamental research, publish in prestigious journals, and leverage expertise to define the forefront of their discipline.

Research Areas: Topics include sustainability, bio-inspired materials, electronic polymers/devices, materials for next generation energy and storage, high-performance composites, nanostructured materials, soft materials physics/mechanics, synthetic polymer chemistry, advanced polymer-based delivery vehicles, biomedicine, and stimuli-responsive polymers.

Degrees: PhD


  • Tenure-track faculty: 18
  • Research faculty: 2
  • PhD level facility directors: 3
  • Graduate students: 91
  • Postdoctoral fellows: 14

Research Awards: $10.178M

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