Nanotech 2011

Generating Functional Nanoscale Soft Materials Using Block Copolymers

Thomas H. Epps

Thomas H. Epps

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

University of Delaware

homas H. Epps, III is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his doctoral degree at the University of Minnesota. He completed postdoctoral work as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the Polymers Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md. He joined the UD faculty in June 2006. He is the 2010 DuPont Young Professor.

Epps has won a number of honors and awards, including a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Award, an Air Force Young Investigator grant, and the Lloyd Ferguson Young Scientist Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers. He is also co-director of an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates program at UD focused on energy and sustainability.

Research in the Epps groups focuses on designing novel nanostructured materials for fuel cell, lithium battery, and other ion-conduction applications; analytical separation membranes; nanoporous templates and sensors. They manipulate polymer internal and external interfacial characteristics in bulk and thin film environments to influence the ordering and stability of polymer structures, particularly in block copolymers and polymer blends


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