Edwin Thomas Ph.D.

Thomas, Edwin
Position Department / Business Unit
Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
Institution Disciplines
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Composites Engineering Nanomaterials
City State / Provence
Cambridge Massachusetts
Country Website
U.S.A. link

Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering; Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Polymers provide a versatile materials platform for a number of exciting nanotechnologies. We focus our efforts on self-assembly and co-assembly of block copolymers and various nanoparticles as well as on 2D and 3D interference lithography to realize structures on the nano to microscale for optical and mechanical applications.

Block copolymers provide opportunities for many advanced technologies including quantum dot/polymer photonic band gap materials. Prof. Thomas' group synthesizes and processes systems with supramolecular structure and studies the relationships between various physical properties and microstructure using a variety of scattering methods (WAXS, SAXS, including in situ synchrotron studies) and microscopies (TEM, SEM, AFM, laser scanning confocal microscopy, hot stage polarizing). Noncrystalline, liquid crystalline, quasicrystalline, and crystalline systems are investigated. The Thomas Group is particularly concerned with the interplay of symmetry and emergent nanocomposite properties. Photonic band gap and phononic band gap structures are being explored to create novel acusto-optical interactions.


BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, 1969; PhD Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University, 1974

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