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Bridgette M. Budhlall is currently an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Doctoral Programs in the department of Plastics Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. After graduating from Lehigh University with a PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering in 2000, Dr. Budhlall, spent 6 years in industry at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. where she conducted research on the synthesis of latexes for coatings and developed photoresist polymers and immersion fluids for microlithography applications. The opportunity to return to academia was irresistible and she completed a brief stint at the department of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University, working as a Visiting Research Assistant Professor, with Professor Orlin D. Velev before recruited to join the NSF Center for High Rate Nanomanufacturing at UMass, Lowell.

In her current position, Dr. Budhlall’s lab conducts research on the synthesis of nanostructured polymers with controlled morphologies specifically designed to trigger and control motility and assembly with external stimuli. These nanostructured polymers are useful in variety of industrial applications ranging from biosensors, chemical sensors and nanofluidic devices, smart coatings and adhesives, drug delivery systems and biomedical devices. Dr. Budhlall has received over $2.2 million in funding from NSF, US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center and various industrial collaborations, published more than 25 peer-reviewed journal articles, has two US and European Patents and five (PCT and US) applications (among a total of 8 patents and applications) and published 1 book chapter.

Dr. Budhlall is also committed to teaching, mentoring and training the next generation of Plastics Engineers for leadership positions in Industry, Academia and Government. Dr. Budhlall’s regular course offerings cover physical polymer science (junior level course) polymer science (junior level lab), coatings science, and colloidal nanoscience and nanoscale engineering (graduate level courses).

Bridgette M. Budhlall

cunninghamMichael F. Cunningham

Professor of Chemical Engineering (with a cross-appointment to the Department of Chemistry) at Queen’s University, Canada. After obtaining his PhD from the University of Waterloo, he spent six years in the Xerox Corporate Research Group before accepting a faculty position at Queen’s. His research program involves the study of polymer colloids, carbon dioxide switchable polymers, living radical polymerization, and the graft modification of natural polymers such as chitosan and cellulose nanocrystals. He is the recipient of the Syncrude Canada Innovation Award, presented by Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (awarded to a resident of Canada who has made a distinguished contribution in the field of chemical engineering before the age of 40) and the Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Award, and is a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada. He serves on the technical advisory board of GreenCentre Canada, whose mandate is to commercialize emerging green chemistry innovations originating from academic research, and is Chair of the International Polymer Colloids Group.

Michael F. Cunningham

Mohamed S. El-Aasser

Mohamed El-Aasser, Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University. Served Lehigh over the past 45 years as Vice President for International Affairs, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, Chairman of Chemical Engineering Department, Director of Emulsion Polymers Institute, Director of Center of Polymer Science and Engineering, and   Director of the NSF Polymer Interfaces Center.

Areas of research interest include polymer colloids, emulsion polymerization, latex particle morphology, film formation, surfactants and colloidal stability. Pioneered the field of miniemulsions and related polymer latex systems. Authored more than 400 articles, edited 5 books and holds 9 U.S patents. Advised 65 & co-advised 32 PhD students, 53 Masters and 31 postdocs. Delivered numerous invited lectures at national and international conferences.

Degrees include BS & MS from Alexandria University, Egypt; Ph.D. from McGill University, Canada. Awards include 1984 NASA Inventor of the Year Award , 2002 Tess Award in Coatings ACS – Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE), the 2007 Fellow of the ACS – PMSE, the 1988 Eleanor and Joseph Libsch Research Award, in recognition of outstanding research at Lehigh University, and Lehigh University’s 1999 Hillman Extraordinary Service Award.

Mohamed S. El-Aasser

erdemBedri Erdem

Earned his BSc and MSc degrees in Chemistry and Polymer Chemistry from Karadeniz (Blacksea) Technical University. He has completed his Ph.D. at Lehigh University with a Degree in Polymer Science and Engineering from Emulsion Polymers Institute. He worked for Dow Chemical Company for 11 years working in Polyurethanes, Emulsion Polymers and finally in Dow Coating Materials Businesses as Global Technology Leader for Automotive Coatings. He joined Epoxy Specialty Business of Hexion Specialty Chemicals as technology leader in 2010 leading NA R&D team for global new technology development and becamey Global R&D Director of Hexion’s Epoxy Specialties Business for Coatings, Civil Engineering and Fiber Sizing segments. Dr Erdem currently is Vice President of R&D at Rust-Oleum Corporation. Dr. Erdem has about 40 publications in various peer-review journals and prestigious trade and conference articles. He has been invited speaker in key Polymer Colloids conferences. He has over 10 granted patents and about 40 patent applications.

Bedri Erdem

Katharina Landfester received her doctoral degree in Physical Chemistry after working in 1995 at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPIP). After a postdoctoral stay at the Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA), she worked at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam (Germany) leading the mini-emulsion group. From 2003 to 2008, she was full professor at the University of Ulm. Here, she started her activities in the field of biomedical applications in cooperation with several medical groups working on the interaction of nanoparticles with different cell compartments, the labelling of cells and the delivery of substances to specific sides. She joined the Max Planck Society in 2008 as one of the directors of the MPIP. She was awarded the Reimund Stadler prize of the German Chemical Society and the prize of the Dr. Hermann Schnell Foundation, followed by the Bruno Werdelmann Lecturer in 2012 and the Bayer Lecturer in 2014. Her research focusses on creating functional colloids for new material and biomaterial applications. She has published more than 600 papers in international journals, 30 reviews and holds more than 50 patents.

Katharina Landfester

lovellPeter A. Lovell

Professor Emeritus of Polymer Science in the School of Materials at The University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. He was founding Chairman of the UK Polymer Colloids Forum, which was established in 1993, and was Chairman of Macro Group UK from 2004-2007. His research focuses mainly around aspects of emulsion polymerization and related processes. Prominent in this research has been synthesis of core-shell and multi-layer particles (for applications in toughening plastics and as soft adhesives) and studies of the chemistry (and extent) of branching and grafting, including grafting to water-soluble polymeric colloid stabilizers. Recent research includes a novel chemistry for room-temperature crosslinking during latex film formation, synthesis of new nitroxides for use in controlled miniemulsion polymerization, development of click chemistry for latex particle functionalization and the lead role in a European collaborative research programme for development of high-   performance water-borne pressure-sensitive adhesives.

Peter A. Lovell

luYing-Yuh Lu

Ying-Yuh Lu graduated from Emulsion Polymers Institute at Lehigh University with a Ph.D. degree          in Polymer Science and Engineering in 1988, and joined 3M the same year. He has been working in waterborne pressure sensitive adhesives, primers and coatings for applications including Scotch® Tapes and Post-it® Notes for 30 years. Ying-Yuh has 49 U.S. patents. He recently retired   as Corporate Scientist in 3M Stationery and Office Supplies Division and was inducted into 3M Carlton Society, 3M’s Hall of Fame for Scientists, in 2010.

Ying-Yuh Lu

poehleinGary W. Poehlein
Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. Member of the Chemical Engineering Faculty at Lehigh University 1965 – 1978. Organizer of the first Emulsion Polymers Short Course in 1970 and founding Co-Director (with John Vanderhoff) of the Emulsion Polymers Institute at Lehigh University. Industrial experience with the Procter and Gamble Company. Research interests include kinetics of emulsion polymerization and continuous reactor systems.

Gary W. Poehlein

schorkJoseph Schork

Professor Emeritus, Georgia Institute of Technology.  Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin working in the field of emulsion polymerization reactor dynamics. Industrial experience with E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Company in the areas of emulsion polymerization and digital process control. Research interests in emulsion polymerization, polymerization reaction engineering, digital control of polymerization reactors, system dynamics and nonlinear control. Consultant to various companies in the area of polymerization reaction engineering.

Joseph Schork

silebiCesar A. Silebi

Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University. Ph.D. from Lehigh University. Research interests include particle separation processes, rheological and colloidal properties of latexes, multi-component transport in emulsions, and stability of colloidal systems.



Cesar Silebi

taylorJames W. Taylor

James   W. Taylor—received his   Ph.D.   Degree   in   Chemistry from the University of Tennessee in 1982, after which he joined Union Carbide Corporation. From 1992 to 1997   he   worked   at   Eastman   Chemical   Company   as   Research   Scientist   where   he developed   architectural   and   industrial   coatings.   From   1997   to   2008   he   served   as Research Scientist   at   Johnson   Polymer   where   he developed applied   film   formation techniques for the coatings industry. He was appointed Principal Scientist in 2011 and served as the senior research scientist in the Emulsion Research group for BASF   located   in   Wyandotte,   MI.   Dr. Taylor’s   current   interests   include   crosslinking technology, emulsion   design, and film   formation.   He   currently   holds   more   than 40 patents   in   monomer development   and   crosslinking,   emulsion,   and   photoresist technology.

James W. Taylor

Donna Visioli received her PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from Lehigh University in 1984, after which she joined E I Dupont de Nemours.  She held roles in  research as well as in product, business, and market development.   Her development activities at DuPont  focused on barrier polymers, multilayer  films, and packaging applications, in particular innovative food packaging applications, and environmental sustainability of plastics.  An author of numerous  scientific articles, Dr. Visioli holds more than 25 U.S. patents and 50 international patents.

Donna Visioli

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