On the mechanical properties of polymeric nanofibers and their nonwoven membranes
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rutledge worked for the Dow Chemical Company, in the area of gas separation membranes. He subsequently held postdoctoral appointments at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich and at the University of Leeds, England. Since joining the faculty at MIT, he has served as Director for the Program in Polymer Science and Technology and as Executive Officer in the Department of Chemical Engineering, in addition to positions on numerous committees. Prof. Rutledge’s research is in the area of molecular engineering of soft matter, in particular the development of process-structure-property relationships of engineered polymers, through the use of molecular simulation and experiment. Since 2001 he and his coworkers have published extensively on the fabrication, properties and applications of polymeric nanofibers and nonwoven membranes formed by the process of electrospinning. Since 1990, he has authored or co-authored over 200 papers in refereed journals, book chapters and archival conference proceedings, 150 invited lectures and 8 patent applications or issued. Prof. Rutledge is an associate editor or editorial board member for Macromolecules, Polymer, and the Journal of Engineering Fibers and Fabrics. He is a 1994 recipient of the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, the H.A. Morton Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Polymer Science at the University of Akron in 2000, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society since 2005.