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Sixteen PSE graduate students were awarded their doctoral degree on Friday, May 12, 2017 during UMass commencement ceremonies. Sixteen masters' degrees were awarded as well. Congratulations! 

May 22, 2017

Al Crosby is part of a team that just received a highly competitive three-year, $1 million grant from the France-based Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) to explore "revealing universal surface patterning mechanisms in plants and... Read More...

March 22, 2017

Tetsu Ouchi from the Hayward group received 3rd prize in the DPOLY poster competition on March 15th during the 2017 APS March Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

March 20, 2017

Early phase discoveries by M. Muthukumar and former graduate student Ben Mohr, based on the fundamental science of proteins in the lens of the human eye, hold promise of revolutionizing the treatment of cataracts and presbyopia. UMass... Read More...

March 7, 2017

Classrooms: MacDuffie students "Aspire" for great science through program at UMass is the name of an article written by Morgan Hughes in the Gazette featuring the ASPIRE Outreach program.

Congratulations to Laura Lanier, Kelly...

February 15, 2017

By means of a new, four-year, $2.6 million grant from the Office of Naval Research,​ a team of researchers led by Al Crosby have formed “CAVITATE.” This group aims to study cavitation, the sudden expansion of bubbles in a material and... Read More...

January 20, 2017

Sarah Ward of the Emrick Group received the 2016 Santos Go Award. This award is given to the most outstanding second year PSE student as judged by scholarly accomplishments accrued during the previous academic year. 

December 23, 2016

A communication by Joel M. Sarapas and Gregory N. Tew published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

The thiol-ene reaction has been widely used in the field of polymer science for decades, primarily as a network... Read More...

November 30, 2016

M. Muthukumar has recently published an article in an online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Attempts to characterize charged macromolecules using light scattering have resulted in mysterious... Read More...

October 28, 2016

Research from Professors Al Crosby and Duncan Irschick was featured on a recent episode of Nature Knows Best, a nationally syndicated Fox network show. Mike Imburgia, Satyan Choudhary and Chris Barney of the Crosby group were also in... Read More...

October 26, 2016

A communication by Dong-Po Song, Aditi Naik, Shengkai Li, Alexander Ribbe and James J. Watkins* published in JACS.

The Watkins group has reported a simple strategy for the creation of large-area nanoporous hybrid films of silica... Read More...

October 14, 2016

An article by Svetlana Morozova, Gaojie Hu, Todd Emrick, and M. Muthukumar published in ACS Macro Letters.

Muthukumar’s group and their collaborators have studied the influence of segmental dipole orientation on the solution... Read More...

September 26, 2016

An article by N. A. W Bell, M. Muthukumar and U. F. Keyser published in Phys. Rev. E.

Using theory and collaborative experiments from the Cavendish team at the University of Cambridge, a fundamental understanding of how double... Read More...

September 26, 2016

An article by Debasish Mondal and M. Muthukumar published in J. Chem. Phys.

Stochastic resonance (SR) explores how noise in a system is harnessed to synchronize the response of a system to an externally applied force field. ... Read More...

September 26, 2016

An article by Hamid R. Shojaei and M. Muthukumar, published in J. Phys. Chem. B.

Muthukumar's group studied the passage of a vesicle through a smaller pore, taking into account its deformation and friction. By deriving the... Read More...

September 26, 2016

An article by A. M. P. Boelens and M. Muthukumar published in Physical Review E.

The drag in a turbulent flow is significantly  reduced in the presence of very small amounts of polymeric additives such as PEO or DNA. This long-... Read More...

September 26, 2016

An article by Michael A. Leaf and M. Muthukumar published in Macromolecules.

To understand conductivity in films of poly(3,4 ethylenedioxythiophene): poly(styrene sulfonic acid) (PEDOT:PSS), the structure and phase behavior of... Read More...

September 26, 2016

An article by Svetlana Morozova, Paul Hamilton, Nathan Ravi, and M. Muthukumar published in Macromolecules.

Synthetic hydrogel systems are promising long-term candidates for therapeutic use as vitreous substitutes. To improve... Read More...

September 26, 2016

As of September 1, 2016, E. Bryan assumes the role of Polymer Science and Engineering Department Head.

September 26, 2016

An article by M. Muthukumar, published in J. Chem. Phys.

Details of crystallization processes of a polymer depend on the melt state and its previous history of preparation. Muthukumar has presented a theory for explaining this “... Read More...

September 9, 2016