Mather Research Lab

The Mather Research Lab focuses on functional materials—in particular, the development of polymeric and hybrid materials with prescribed functionality beyond traditionally passive mechanical roles. Applications range from medical to structural materials technology. Utilizing core experimental strengths of (i) polymer synthesis, (ii) rheology and processing, (iii) morphological analysis, (iv) quantitative thermal analysis, and (v) mechanical testing, the research group pursues the development of functional polymers for a diverse array of applications. Student researchers are immersed in the full spectrum of molecular and nanoscale design, synthesis, characterization, and quantitative analysis, allowing us to reveal structure-processing-property relations underpinning complex responses and allowing exploitation in diverse applications.

Current research projects include:

  • Shape memory and self-healing polymeric composites
  • Electrospinning of nanomaterials
  • Controlled release of drugs from electrospun and electrosprayed polymers

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The Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering, established in 1948, is recognized as one of the largest and most influential chemical engineering departments in the nation.

The department is built upon the fundamentals of academic integrity, innovation in research, and commitment to the advancement of industry.

Department of Chemical Engineering

121 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2574