Karen I. Winey Ph.D.

Winey , Karen I.
Position Department / Business Unit
Institution Disciplines
University of Pennslyvania Engineering Nanotubes
City State / Provence
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Research Interests: Structure-property relationships in polymers. Ion-containing polymers, ionomers, nanotube composites, block copolymers, and polymeric drug delivery systems. Processing, morphology, rheology, mechanical and thermal properties, and phase behavior. Expertise in electron microscopy and x-ray scattering of polymers.

Prof. Winey is currently an Professor of both Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Since joining Penn in 1992 she has developed research expertise in polymeric materials that includes ion-containing polymers, block copolymers, nanotube-polymer composites and nano-scale drug delivery systems with a specialty in materials manipulation and morphological characterization. She has authored over 65 papers in peer-reviewed journals and currently has over $500,000 in annual research expenditures excluding equipment. Prof. Winey received a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award in 1994 and in 2003 was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society. She has served the Division of Polymer Physics within the American Physical Society as the Program Chair in 2002 and is currently serving as a Member-at-Large. Prof. Winey is also on the editorial advisory boards of Macromolecules and Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Physics Edition.

At Penn, Prof. Winey has proven to be a versatile teacher having taught both core and elective courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Presently, she is developing an overview course entitled "Introduction to Nanotechnology" for the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Winey has supervised 3 postdoctoral fellows, 5 Ph.D. degrees, 7 M.S. degrees and over 30 undergraduate researchers. She has served her department and the engineering school in various capacities.


B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University, 1985.; M.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, 1989.; Ph.D., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, 1991.

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