Materials team recruits two faculty with expertise in nanotechnology and polymers

Materials team recruits two faculty with expertise in nanotechnology and polymers

October 4, 2021

October 4, 2021

The Biodesign Center for Sustainable Macromolecular Materials and Manufacturing has appointed two new faculty: nanoscientist Eileen Seo and physicist Ren Xie.

 

Before being recruited to Arizona State University, Eileen Seo obtained her doctorate in chemistry at Northwestern where she investigated approaches to kinetically control the crystallization processes of DNA-functionalized nanoparticles. During her postdoctoral research at UCSB, she developed photocurable resins for 3D printing thermally activated polymer foams. The innovative 3D printed polymer foams have control over pore size, volume fraction and macroscopic architecture.

 

The center’s second recruit, Ren Xie, also hails from UCSB, where he worked on polymer synthesis, rheology, network modeling, and 3D printing of super-soft solvent-free elastomers for biomimetic and sensory applications. Xie also earned his doctorate in chemical engineering from Penn State University, focusing on the polymer physics of semiconducting polymers for applications in stretchable electronics.