research group members in lab

UMass PSE Graduate Program

We provide a broad education, spanning core principles in synthetic chemistry, physical chemistry, materials science, and engineering - defining the frontiers of polymers and soft materials through research, scholarship and community.

Upcoming Events

  • Jun

    John Daguerre-Bradford

    Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Anisotropic Foams Advised by: Alan Lesser
    Dissertation Defense
  • Jun

    Hyemin Kim

    Adhesion and Mechanical Properties of Brush and Comb Silicone Elastomers Advised by: Al Crosby & James Watkins
    Dissertation Defense
  • Jun

    Nicholas Hackney

    GEOMETRICALLY FRUSTRATED ASSEMBLY AT FINITE TEMPERATURE Nick is a Physics Department PhD student and is advised by Greg Grason.
    Dissertation Defense
  • Jun

    Autumn Mineo

    Leveraging the Dynamic Nature of Allyl Sulfides for Stress Relaxation, Recycling, and Adhesion Advised by: Reika Katsumata
    Dissertation Defense

Al Crosby - PSE Department Head

We are happy to welcome Al Crosby as the new Department Head of Polymer Science & Engineering. Al has been a member of the PSE faculty since 2002, and he has led a research program focused on bioinspired materials mechanics. He and his group are broadly known for their fundamental and applied advances with regards to polymer adhesion, including the Geckskin technology, cavitation and failure dynamics in synthetic gels and biological tissues, and most recently, high speed and high acceleration movement in soft systems. Al also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Soft Matter, and has served as the President of the Adhesion Society and the academic advisor to the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and a member of the National Academy of Inventors. He co-founded Felsuma, LLC, which commercialized the Geckskin technology. 

Al is excited to maintain the strong history of PSE and to work with the faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, and students to define this field, which is at the center of our society’s most critical challenges. He is committed to enhancing the diversity, equity, and inclusion of all aspects of science and engineering within PSE, across UMass, and beyond. As a first generation college graduate, first Ph.D. in his extended family, and the son of a refugee immigrant, Al has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of education, especially in the pursuit of degrees in STEM.

Al Crosby - New PSE Department Head
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