University of Massachusetts Amherst

Polymer Science and Engineering

Watkins Research Group

Watkins Research Group

Principal Investigator

James Watkins

James J. Watkins

Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering and Director of the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing

Education:
B.S., Chemical Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 1987
M.S., Chemical Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 1988
Ph.D., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1997
Contact:
watkins@polysci.umass.edu (413) 545-2569
Office: A616 Conte

 

Postdoctoral Fellows and Visiting Researchers

Jayanta Baral

Jayanta K. Baral

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Education:
M.S., Physics/Electronics, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela, 2004.
Ph.D., Organic Non-Volatile Memory and Charge Transport studies, Abo Akademi University and Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, 2009.

Research Interests:
Charge transport, device physics and printed flexible electronics.

Contact:
jayanta@polysci.umass.edu
Office: A233

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Takayuki Kobayashi

Takayuki Kobayashi

Visiting Researcher

Education:
B.E., Chemistry and Biotechnology, the University of Tokyo, 2003.
M.E., Chemistry and Biotechnology, The University of Tokyo, 2005.

Research Interests:
Self-assembly, additive-driven assembly, and their applications in functional materials

Contact:
tkobayashi@polysci.umass.edu
Office: B125 Conte

Ying Lin

Ying Lin

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Education:
B.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, China, 2003.
Ph.D., Polymer and Organic Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science, China, 2009.

Research Interests:
Nanoparticle-driven assembly of block copolymers for ordered hybrid materials;  morphology control in block copolymer/nanocrystal hybrids for solar cells, floating gate memory, and supercapacitors

Contact:
yinglin@polysci.umass.edu
Office: A237 Conte

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Dan Miranda

Dan Miranda

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Education:
B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Materials Science and Engineering, 2006.
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst, Polymer Science and Engineering, 2012.


Research Interests:
Utilization of block copolymer phase behavior in polymer gel electrolytes.

Contact:
dmiranda@mail.pse.umass.edu
Office: A232 Conte

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Dong-po Song

Dongpo Song

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Education:
B.A., Chemistry Education, Qufu Normal University, 2005.
M.S., Organic Chemistry, Jilin University, 2008.
Ph.D., Polymer Chemistry and Physics, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2011.

Research Interests:
Preparation and characterization of polymers and nanoparticles for the self-assembly of well-defined nanostructures.

Contact:
dpsong@mail.pse.umass.edu
Office: A232 Conte

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YuYing Tang

YuYing Tang

Senior Research Scientist

Education:
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, 1984.
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, 1987.
Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994.

Research Interests: 
Polymer electrolytes; roll to roll processing of polymer and composite materials.

Contact:
yuyingtang@mail.pse.umass.edu
Office: B125 Conte

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Hongtao Zhang

Hongtao Zhang

Post Doctoral Research Associate (Currently at NIST)

Education:
B.S., Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, 1996.
M.S., Theoretical Physics from Peking University, 2002.
Ph.D., Physics, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2009.

Research Interests:
Optical sensors, nanophotonics, and quantum physics.

Contact:
hongtao.zhang@nist.gov

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Graduate Students

Eric Anderson
Eric Anderson
Ph.D. Student

Education:
 
B.S., Chemistry and Mathematics, Winona State University, 2007.
M.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2008.

Research Interests:
Functionalized metal oxide nanoparticles for use in solid polymer electrolytes.

Contact:
anderson@mail.pse.umass.edu
Office: B125

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Michael Beaulieu Michael R. Beaulieu
Ph.D. Student

Education:
B.S., Chemical Engineering, UMass Amherst, 2007.
M.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2009.

Research Interests:
Patterning of nanoparticle composites for manipulation of electromagnetic radiation.

Contact:
beaulieu@mail.pse.umass.edu
Office: A322

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Nicholas Colella Nicholas S. Colella
Ph.D. Student

Education:
B.A., Chemistry and Mathematics, Williams College, 2009.
M.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2012.

Research Interests:
Novel crystallization methods of organic semiconductors.

Contact:
ncolella@mail.pse.umass.edu
Office: A233

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Rohit Kothari Rohit Kothari
Ph.D. Student

Education:
B. Tech. and M. Tech., Materials Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology-Banaras Hindu University, 2010.
M.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2012.

Research Interests:
Additive-driven assembly of block copolymers; mesoporous oxides.

Contact:
rkothari@mail.pse.umass.edu
Office: A225

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Cheng Li Cheng Li
Ph.D. Student

Education:

B.S. Chemistry, Nanjing University, 2010.
M.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2012.

Research Interests:
Tuning UV-curable polymer properties using nanoparticles.

Contact:
cli3@mail.pse.umass.edu
Office: A236

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Shengkai Li Shengkai Li
Ph.D. Student

Education:
B.E., Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, 2011.

Research Interests:
Hydrothermal synthesis of inorganic nanoparticles and their hybridization with polymers.

Contact:
shengkaili@ecs.umass.edu
Office: A232

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Xinyu Wang
Xinyu "Glen" Wang
Ph.D. Student

Education:
B.S. Polymer Materials and Engineering, Zhejiang University, 2008.
M.S. Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2009.

Research Interests:
Morphological studies of nanoparticle/block copolymer hybrid systems towards the fabrication of high-permeability low-loss metamaterials for electromagnetic applications.

Contact:
xwang@polysci.umass.edu
Office: A233

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Li Yao
Li Yao
Ph.D. Student

Education:
B.S. Chemistry and Geochemistry,  Nanjing University, 2006.
M.S., Organic Chemistry, Boston College, 2008.
M.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2010.

Research Interests:
Fabrication of mesoporous silica films with tunable-size and shape channels templated from chemical amplified block copolymers in supercritical CO2. Photo-induced disorder in strongly segregated block copolymer composite films for hierarchical pattern formation.

Contact:
lyao@mail.pse.umass.edu
Office: A236

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