Department Welcomes Dr. Julie Albert

August 23, 2013

Department Welcomes Dr. Julie Albert

Dr. Julie Albert shares her enthusiasm for scientific research with visitors to her lab. She shows the visiting middle school students how an optical microscope reveals creasing patterns on surface-modified silicone rubbers, which to the naked eye look simply like frosted glass.

The department welcomes Dr. Julie N. L. Albert, who will be a new Assistant Professor beginning January 2012. Dr. Albert received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware. Subsequently, she pursued postdoctoral research studies at North Carolina State University. Her past research has focused on developing gradient methods for exploring the effects of surface interactions on block copolymer thin film self-assembly and tailoring the chemical and mechanical properties of silicone elastomer networks for cell mobility studies and peptide assembly. Currently, Dr. Albert’s primary research interests are centered on the use of combinatorial methods to engineer nano- and micro-structured polymeric materials for cancer research, alternative energy, and other applications involving biological systems.

Julie has authored several scientific articles, including two topical reviews, in peer-reviewed journals such as ACS Nano, NanoLetters, Materials Today, and Chemical Society Reviews. She has presented her research at a number of national meetings, including two award symposia (Padden Award Symposium, 2011 APS March Meeting; Akzo Nobel Student Award Symposium, 2010 ACS National Meeting) and an invited talk at the 2012 AIChE National Meeting. Julie was also the recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and a Teaching Fellowship during her doctoral studies.

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