Polymer Nanocomposites Research Team

 Name     Title Department Research Interests
Brian Benicewicz
USC Educational Foundation 
Distinguished Professor,
CoEE Chair PNC Research   
Chemistry and
Biochemistry,
USC NanoCenter
Polymer-organic chemistry, new
monomer & polymer synthesis, polymer
nanocomposites, polymer membranes
for fuel cells, electrically conducting
polymers, liquid crystalline polymers,
controlled radical polymerization
Alan Decho Professor, Director, Microbial 
Interactions Laboratory 
Environmental
Health Sciences
Biofilms in marine processes, Bacterial/
nanoparticle interactions, Nanoparticle
entry into microbial biofilms,
Antimicrobial-nanoparticle development
John Lavigne Associate Professor Chemistry and
Biochemistry
Molecular recognition, supramolecular
chemistry, sensors, materials,bio-
organic, physical organic
Harry J. Ploehn
Professor and Associate Dean,
Engineering & Computing
Chemical
Engineering
Colloidal and Nanomaterials, Polymer
Characterization, Interfacial and
Transport Phenomena
Warren Steckle Academic Program Manager,
PNC Research Laboratory                     
Chemistry and
Biochemistry
Low density polymer foams via emulsion
polymerization and sol-gel processes,
polymer aging and degradation, polymer
nanocomposites, and polymer
membranes for fuel cells.
Chuanbing Tang Assistant Professor
Chemistry and
Biochemistry   
Synthesis of multifunctional polymeric materials and macromolecular self assembly, with a focus on the control at the nanoscale.
Hans-Conrad
zur Loye
David W. Robinson Palmetto
Professor
Chemistry and
Biochemistry
Inorganic Materials Synthesis, Structural
Characterization, Surface Modified
Polymer Composite Additives