Previous Group Members
Ph.D. Students Graduated
Yannic J. Gagnon
Ph.D. Physics 2022
Dissertation: "Uncovering the Role of Neighboring Domain Modulus on the Local Glass Transition and Shear Wave Propagation in Nanostructured Polymeric Materials"
2020-2021 Montag Physics Award for research
Currently working in research for Department of Defense.
Yixuan (Louis) Han
Ph.D. Physics 2022
Dissertation: "Developing Experimental Methods to Investigate Local Changes in Density and Dynamics of Thin Polymer Films"
Currently working in geosciences for CGG.
Michael F. Thees
Ph.D. Physics 2020
Dissertation: "Uncovering the Unexpected Role Chain Connectivity has on Altering Dynamics of Thin Glassy Polymer Films Near Interfaces"
Co-Chair of 2018 GRS on Polymer Physics; selected for Emory's 2017-2018 SIRE program
Currently postdoc at University of Waterloo, Canada.
Ph.D. Physics 2018
Dissertation: "Comparing Measures of Global and Local Material Properties of Polystyrene under Different Boundary Conditions: Smooth, Chain-Tethered, and Rough Walls"
selected for Emory's 2016-2017 ORDER program
Currently working at Porsche.
Roman R. Baglay
Ph.D. Physics 2017
Dissertation: "Local Glass Transition Gradients near Dissimilar Polymer-Polymer Interfaces in Nanostructured Polymeric Materials"
2016-2017 Montag Physics Award for research
Currently working at Intel.
Laura A. G. Gray
Ph.D. Physics 2015
Dissertation: "Formation of Polymer Glasses: Impact of Mechanical Deformation and Cooling Conditions on Physical Aging"
Selected for Padden Symposium by DPOLY at APS March Meeting 2015; 2014-2015 Montag Physics Award for research; Chair of 2014 GRS on Polymer Physics; selected to attend the 2012 Lindau Nobel Meeting in Germany; selected for Emory's 2012-2013 ORDER program
Currently working at Solvay, after a postdoc at Princeton University.
Ph.D. Physics 2015
Dissertation: "Influence of Electric Fields on the Miscibility of Polystyrene / Poly(vinyl methyl ether) Blends"
Currently postdoc at Georgia State University.
Justin E. Pye
Ph.D. Physics 2014
Dissertation: "Glass Transition and Physical Aging Behavior of Thin Free-Standing and Supported Polystyrene Films"
Winner of the Padden Award from DPOLY at APS March Meeting 2014; selected to attend the 2012 Lindau Nobel Meeting in Germany
Currently working at Arizona State University with SciHub.
Masters Students Graduated
M.S. Physics 2013
MS Thesis: "Effect of a Glassy-Glassy Polymer Interface on the Physical Aging of Polystyrene"
Elizabeth A. Baker
M.S. Physics 2009
MS Thesis: "Physical Aging of Confined Polymer Films by Use of a New Streamlined Ellipsometry Procedure"
Honors Students Graduated
BS Physics & BA Mathematics 2023
BS Honors Thesis: "Mixed Proportions of Paraloid B-72 and B-48N as Structural Adhesives for Art Conservation: Evaluations of Tensile Strength and Glass Transition"
Olivia L. F. Boyd
B.S. Physics 2020
BS Honors Thesis: "Design and Construction of a Tensile and Shear Strength Testing Apparatus to Study the Addition of Fumed Silica to the Acrylic Adhesive B-72 Used in Art Conservation"
Alan C. W. Rohrbach
B.S. Physics & Math minor 2019
BS Honors Thesis: "Swelling of Poly(methyl methacrylate) Films in Different Solvent Vapor Environments: A Comparison of Solvents Used in Nanolithographic Processing"
Benjamin L. Kasavan
B.S. Engineering Sciences, Physics 2019
BS Honors Thesis: "A Study of the Physical Properties of Acrylic Polymers Commonly Used in Art Conservation"
Jennifer A. McGuire
B.S. Physics & Computer Science 2018
BS Honors Thesis: "Role of Glassy-Rubbery Interfaces on the Physical Aging of Glassy Polymer Thin Films"
Phillip M. Rauscher
B.S. Physics & Chemistry 2013
BS Honors Thesis: "Effect of Adjacent Rubbery Layers of the Physical Aging of Polymer Glasses"
Sung S. Park
B.S. Physics 2012
BS Honors Thesis: "Fluorescence Study of Polystyrene / Poly(vinyl methyl ether) Polymer Blends and Effect of Electric Fields on their Miscibility"
Suk Whan (Paul) Yoon
B.S. Physics 2012
BS Honors Thesis: "Effect of Thermal Conditions and Mechanical Stress During Vitrification on Physical Aging of Thin Polymer Films"
B.A. Chemistry 2010
BS Honors Thesis: "Fluorescence Studies of Polystyrene in Polystyrene/Poly(vinyl methyl ether) Blends and Multilayers"
Matthew Ortega Engineering Science major
LJ Kolodge Engineering Science major, Materials Science track
Julian Haladus-Henke Engineering Sciences & Music major
Shannon Hill Physics major (Emory's SIRE program)
Queenie He Engineering Sciences major, Materials Science track
James Park Physics major
Gino Elia Physics & Philosophy major
2016 Georgia Teaching Fellow at Piedmont College
Matteo Tortorella Physics major
Oscar Gryn Physics major
Katy Jones Physics major
Daniel (Kang-Woo) Park Physics major
Michael Martin Carnegie Mellon University
Kate Rohald Physics major
Graduate Rotation Students
Robert (Tyler) Romans B.S. Physics, University of Cincinnati, USA
Michelle Wang B.A. Physics, University of San Diego, USA
Tharindu Rajasooriya B.S. Physics, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Tao Jin B.S. Physics & Math, Illinois Wesleyan University, USA
Andrew Eddins B.S. Physics, Loyola University, New Orleans, USA
Joshua Teves B.S. Physics, College of Charleston, USA
Dylan Powers B.S. Physics, University of Maryland, USA
Robert Lemasters B.S. Physics, College of Charleston, USA
Keely Criddle B.S. Physics, James Madison University, USA
Andrei Zholud B.S. Physics, Belarusain State University; M.S. Physics, National Academy of Sciences, Belarus
Andy Pahner B.S. Physics, Emory University, USA
James Davidheiser Ph.D. Physics, Emory University; B.S. Physics, Drexel University, USA
(June 2009 - January 2010)
High School Teacher
Xiaolu (Jerry) Xi B.Eng. Tianjin Institute of Technology; M.S. Physics, University of Georgia
Campbell High School physics teacher