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John Klier

Degree Information:

1989, Ph.D.,Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
1986, M.S., Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
1984, B.S., Chemical Engineering, MIT


Email: klier@umass.edu


John Klier joined the UMass department of Chemical Engineering as Department Head and Professor at the end of 2015 after a 26 year career at The Dow Chemical Company. While at Dow, he worked in numerous areas of polymer, surfactant and colloid science. Responsibilities included leading the materials-related organizations in Core R&D, leading Dow Coating Materials research, development and technical service organization, and most recently leading the Performance Materials and Chemicals divisional research, development and technical service organizations. In 2014 he was named Distinguished Fellow, the highest technical position at Dow. Klier is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Inventors and several professional organizations. Students and postdoctoral associates in the Klier group are combining surfactant and functional polymer assembly and association phenomena with state of the art processing technologies to produce new structured polymer, hybrid and colloidal materials. They are applying these materials to address key application needs in collaboration with industrial, agency and governmental partners.

Research Interests:

  • Novel materials for high performance coatings and adhesives: Examples include reactive waterborne emulsion polymers for very high performance waterbased coatings, reactive powder coatings for high performance zero VOC coating systems and high performance adhesive films for low energy substrates.
  • Structured polymer colloids and emulsion polymers: Examples include asymmetric, hollow, gel-core, reactive, hybrid core shell, associative and functional polymer colloids and emulsion polymers for coating, adhesive, consumer product and biomedical applications.
  • Novel structured multicomponent fibers and films: Examples include hybrid fibers and films containing high solid and liquid domains for applications such as nano fibers, novel elastic fibers, functional fabrics and nonwovens.
  • New approach to polymer crosslinking: Chemical crosslinking by applying mechanical stress for novel gels, pressure sensitive adhesives, fibers and films.
  • Control of surfactant and lipid association structures: For example surfactant association structures with controlled stability using chemical triggers to release encapsulated solutes.