Karen Winey Named American Chemical Society PMSE Fellow

Karen WineyKaren Winey, TowerBrook Foundation Faculty Fellow and Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been named fellow of the American Chemical Society Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) for "outstanding contributions to the understanding of polymer nanocomposites and ion-containing polymers through quantitative scattering and microscopy studies."

The Fellow Program honors PMSE members for scientific and technological contributions to polymer material science and engineering. PMSE was founded in 1924 as the Paint and Varnish Division of the American Chemical Society, and until 1983 was known as the Division of Organic Coatings and Plastics Chemistry. The research interests of its members include adhesives, biomedical polymers, composites, polymers for electronic applications, plastics and many other areas of applied polymer science and technology. The principal objective of the Division is to promote interest in, and the understanding of, applied polymer science.

Winey's research group designs and fabricates polymer nanocomposites containing carbon nanotubes and metal nanowires with the aim of understanding how to improve their mechanical, thermal, and especially electrical properties. More recently she has expanded her work to include simulations of electrical conductivity and polymer dynamics in the presence of nanoparticles. Winey pioneered the use of HAADF STEM to probe the nanoscale morphology in ion-containing polymers. Now, her group focuses on correlating the structures in these materials, including block copolymers, with transport properties.

To read more about Karen Winey and her research, please visit her faculty profile.