Ph.D. Dissertations’ Major Advisor & Chairman  |  Ph.D. Dissertations’ Co-Advisor  |  Ph.D. Dissertation Committee Member

Ph.D. Dissertations’ Major Advisor and Chairman

“Drying Inhomogeneity during Film Formation of Waterborne Latex Systems– A Mechanistic Study on Skin Layer Formation”, (ChE), May, 2018, Hao Huang.

“Study of Monomer Droplets in Miniemulsions”, (ChE), 2009, Megan Casey.

“Fundamentals of Emulsion Polymerization Studied by Reaction Calorimetry”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 2007, Emilio Ortiz Alba.

“Kinetics and Mechanism of Dispersion Polymerization” (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 2005, Sheng Jiang.

“Role of Reactive Surfactants in Emulsion Polymerization” (ChE), 2005, Zhen Lai.

“Controlled Radical Miniemulsion Polymerization via the RAFT Process ”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 2004, Xinyu (Cindy) Huang.

“Poly(vinyl alcohol) Stabilization of Acrylic Emulsion Polymers Using the Miniemulsion Approach”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 2003, Noma Kim.

“Encapsulation of Inorganic Particles via Miniemulsification and Film Formation of Resulting Composite Latex Particles”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 2003, Ghurmallah Hussain Al -Ghamdi.

“Living/Controlled Free Radical Miniemulsion Polymerization of Styrene”, (ChE), 2003, Gaofeng Pan.

“Preparation of Urethane/Acrylic Hybrid Miniemulsion Nanoparticles”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 2002, Mei Li.

“Nanosize Latex Particles via Miniemulsion Polymerization”, (ChE), 2002, Christopher Anderson.

“Emulsion Polymerization of Sytrene Using a Reactive Surfactant”, (Ch.E.) 2001, Xiaoru Wang.

“Film Formation From Latex Blends”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 2001, Jiansheng Tang.

“Hybrid Composite Latexes”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 2001, Pilmoon Jeong.

“Conventional Emulsion and Miniemulsion Homopolymerization and Copolymerization of Vinyl Acetate and Vinyl 2 -Ethylhexanoate Monomers”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 2000, Ervin L. Kitzmiller.

“The Effect of Crosslinking on Latex Film Formation”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 2000, Hafsah Mohd. Ghazaly.

“Encapsulation of Inorganic Particles Via Miniemulsion Polymerization”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 2000, Bedri Erdem.

“Grafting Reactions in the Emulsion Polymerization of Vinyl Acetate using Poly(Vinyl Alcohol) as Emulsifier”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 2000, Bridgette M. Budhlall.

“The Role of Mixed Anionic -Nonionic Systems of Surfactants in the Emulsion Polymerization of Styrene”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1999, Damien Colombie.

“Enhanced Droplet Nucleation in Miniemulsion Polymerization: a Kinetic and Mechanistic Study”, (Ch.E.), 1999, Peter J. Blythe.

“Copolymerization of Styrene and Butadiene Monomers via Miniemulsion”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1999, Dong Hong Li.

“Micron -size Structured Particles via Dispersion Polymerization”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1998, Danni Wang.

“Characterization of the Interphase in a Model Water Soluble Associative Polymer/ Particle System and its Adsorption/Desorption Behavior, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1997, Connie Sue Heck.

“Towards an Understanding of the Role of Water -Soluble Oligomers in Styrene -Butadiene -Acrylic Acid Emulsion Polymerization”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1997, Xue -yi (Cheri) Yuan.

“Evaluation of Dimethyl Meta -isopropenyl Benzyl Isocyanate (TMI) in Emulsion Polymerization”, (Ch.E.), 1997, Samiuddin Mohammed.

“Crosslinking of Isocyanate -Functional Acrylic Latex with Telechelic Polybutadiene”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1997, Jiangtian Xu.

“Structured Latex Particles for Modification of Polycarbonate”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1996, Rong Hu.

“Emulsion Polymerization of Styrene using an Automated Reaction Calorimeter”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1996, Luis Varela de la Rosa.

“Grafting Reactions in the Emulsion Polymerization of Vinyl Acetate using Poly (Vinyl Alcohol) as Emulsifier”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1996, Guadalupe del Socorro Magallanes Gonzalez.

“The Role of Macromonomers in Compatibilizing Composite Latex Particles”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1996, Prapasri Rajatapiti.

“Elastomeric Films from Structured Latexes”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1996, Yuan He.

“Preparation of Uniform Micron Size Particles of Polystyrene by Anionic Dispersion Polymerization”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1995, Muhammad Azhar Awan.

“Particle Formation and Growth During Styrene Oil-in-Water Miniemulsion Polymerizaton”, (Ch.E.), 1994, Christopher M. Miller.

“Phase Behavior and Properties of Lamellar Surfactants”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1993, John Frederick Hessel.

“Structured Latex Particles for the Toughening of Polycarbonate”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1992, Iris Segall.

“The Role of Polymerizable Surfactants in Emulsion Polymerization”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1992, Maria Belen Urquiola.

“Polymer Encapsulated Particles with Controlled Morphologies Preparation, Characterization and Application”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1991, Wei Hsin Hou.

“Preparation and Characterization of Monodisperse Porous Polymer Particles”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1991, Chieh Min Cheng.

“Development of Particle Morphology in Composite Polymer Latexes Influence of Kinetic and Thermodynamic Parameters”, (Ch.E.), 1991, Yi Cherng Chen.

“Kinetic Factors in Miniemulsion Polymerization”, (Ch.E.), 1991, Phan L. Tang.

“Preparation and Morphological Characterization of Microscopic Composite Particles”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng), 1991, Shiji Shen.

“Formation and Stabilization of Oil in Water Miniemulsions”, (Ch.E.), 1991,  Richard J. Goetz.

“Polymerization of Styrene Oil In Water Microemulsions”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1990,  Jong Shing Guo.

“Structured Latex Particles with Hydrophilic Polymer Cores”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), (Co Chaired Committee), 1990,  Jong Myung Park.

“Preparation and Characterization of Acrylate Latexes Containing Dicarboxylic Acid Comonomers”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), (Co Chaired Committee), 1990,  Michele R. Lock.

“Inverse Emulsion Polymerization of Acrylamide in a Tubular Reactor”, (Ch.E.), 1990,  Thomas F. Bash.

“The Grafting Reactions of Poly (Vinyl Alcohol) During the Emulsion Copolymerization of Poly (Vinyl Acetate CO Butyl Acrylate)”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1989,  Neal J. Earhart.

“Interparticle Monomer Transport in Miniemulsion Copolymerization”, (Ch.E.), 1988,  Valmore S. Rodriguez.

“Dispersion Polymerization of Styrene in Ethanol”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1988,  Ying Yuh Lu.

“Preparation, Swelling and Phase Separation of Large Particle Size Monodisperse Latexes”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1988, by Hrong Roang Sheu.

“The Development of Multistage Composite Latexes which Simulate the Properties of Thermoplastic Elastomers”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1987, Eric Daniels.

“Preparation and Characterization of Poly(alkyl N Ethyl  Methacrylate Carbamate) Latexes”, (Chem.), 1987, Palitha K. Abeywardena.

“Miniemulsion Copolymerization of Vinyl Acetate and N Butyl Acrylate”, (Ch.E.), 1986,  Joaquin Delgado.

“Sulfonated Polystyrene Model Colloids: Preparation, Characterization, and Application as a Heterogeneous  Catalyst”, (Ch.E.), 1986,  Jung Hyun Kim.

“Cathodic Electrodeposition of Latexes”, (Ch.E.), 1986,  Cesar Vega.

“Polymerization of Styrene Miniemulsions”, (Ch.E.), 1986, by Young Taek Choi.

“Agitation Induced Coagulation of High Solids Latexes”, (Ch.E.), 1985, Vern Lowry.

“Emulsion Formation and Stabilization with Mixed Emulsifier Liquid Crystals”, (Ch.E.), 1985, by Craig Lack.

“Analysis, Kinetics and Alkali Swellability of Carboxylated Latexes”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1985, by Francis V. Loncar.

“Formation and Stabilization of Inverse Emulsion Polymers”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1984, by Donna Visioli.

“Toward the Production of Large Particle Size Monodisperse Latexes    Studies of Swelling and Polymerization Parameters”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1983, by Chi Ming Tseng.

“Fundamental Studies of the Effect of Particle Size and Particle Stability on Critical Pigment Volume Concentration (CPVC) in a Model Latex Coating”, (Ch.E.), 1983, by Ajay Ranka.

“A Mathematical Model for an Emulsion Polymerization Reactor”, (Ch.E.), 1983, by Nopporn Pramojaney.

“Preparation, Characterization and Alkali Swelling Behavior of Carboxylated Latexes”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1980, by Shozo Nishida.

“Interfacial Phenomena Occurring in Drying Surfactant Droplets and Polymer Latex Films”, (Ch.E.), 1980, by Daniel P. Durbin.

“The Role of Mixed Emulsifier Systems in the Preparation of Emulsion and Latexes”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1978, by Yungnien J. Chou.

Ph.D. Dissertations’ Co-Advisor

“Manipulation of Latex Particle Surfaces and Morphology during Emulsion Polymerization and Some Potential Applications”, (ChE.), 2017, by Yuanyuan Wang.

“Adiabatic Emulsion Polymerization”, Shi Wang, Ch.E., 2012.

“Synthesis and Pyrolysis of Pt-Containing Poly(Acrylonitrile) Particles”, Yuzhen Yang, Ch.E., 2011.

“Online Conductivity and Stability in Emulsion Polymerization of n-Butyl Methacrylate”, Funian Zhao, Ch.E., 2011

“Fundamentals of Seeded Dispersion Polymerization”, Zhipeng Song, Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2011.

“Aspects of Droplet and Particle Size Control in Miniemulsions”, Öznur Saygı-Arslan, Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2010.

“Role of Reactive Surfactants in Miniemulsion Polymerization”, Samantha Braganza-Pugh, Ph.D. Polymer Science and Engineering, 2010.

“Miniemulsion Copolymerization of Polymerizable Fatty Acid-Derived Monomers and Crosslinking of Derived Films via  Autoxidation”, Lisa M. Spagnola, Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2009.

“Thermally Responsive Core-Shell Particles”, (Polym. Sci. Eng.), 2007, Li Zhang.

“Aggregation of Polystyrene Latexes Stabilized with Conventional, Reactive, and Polymeric Surfactants”, (Polym. Sci. & Eng.), 2004, Siriwan Phattanarudee.  (also Co-Chair)

“Study of the Incorporation of Alkoxysilane Monomers into Model Latex Systems ” , ( Polym. Sci. & Eng.), 2004, Ioan Marcu. (Also Co-Chair).

“Some Aspects of Film Formation from Pigmented Latex Systems ”,  (Ch.E.), 2004, Tianhua Ding. (Also Co-Chair).

“Effects of Agitation – Emulsion Polymerization of n – Butyl Methacrylate and its Copolymerization with N – Methylol Acrylamide”, (ChE), 2003, Sitaraman Krishnan.

“Emulsion Polymerizations of Styrene and N – Butyl Acrylate in an Automated Reaction Calorimeter”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1997, Eser Ozdeger.

“Control of Relative Particle Growth in Emulsion Polymerization ” , (Ch.E.), 1996,  Vincenzo Liotta. (Also Co-Chair)

“A 13C NMR Characterization Study of the Core/Shell Latex Particle Interphase and an Investigation of its Role on the Mechanical Behavior of Roughened PMMA ” , (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1996, Veera Nelliappan.

“Rheology of Associative Thickener Solutions ” , (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1995, Li Zhuo.

“The Development of Core – Shell Latex Particles as Toughening Agents for Epoxies ” , ( Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1995, by Julie Yu Qian.

“Interaction of Proteins with Monodisperse Polymer Latexes ”, ( Ch.E.), 1994, Janming Hou.

“Preparation, Stability Studies, and Phase Transfer Reactions of Polyether Modified Latexes”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1992, Wei Chih Chen.

“Preparation and Characterization of Water Absorbent Poly(Acrylamide co-Acrylic Acid Salt)’s”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1991, Yin Shen Chang.

“Preparation of Model Solid Rocket Propellant by Emulsification”(Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1990, Tom W. Hawkins.

“Modeling and Control of Semicontinuous Emulsion Copolymerization”, (Ch.E.), 1989, Yiannis N. Dimitratos. (Also Co-Chair )

“Batch and Semi Continuous Emulsion Polymerization of Vinylidene Chloride and n Butyl Methacrylate”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1987, K.C. Lee.

“Suspension Polymerization, (Ch.E.), 1986, Ming Huang Kang.

“Preparation and Characterization of Magnetic Latex Particles”, (Ch.E.), 1986, Tsao Chin Huang.

“Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Characterization of Polymer Colloids”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1985, Rohitha Jayasuriya.

“New Free Radical Initiators and Their Use in the Preparation of Polystyrene Polymer Colloid”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1985, William H. Guthrie.

“Covalent Binding of Biological Macromolecules to Activated Polystyrene Latexes”, (Biochem.), 1985, Theresa Michael.

“Adsorption and Stabilization Studies of Polymers on Latex Particles”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1984, Maqsood S. Ahmed.

“Kinetics of Successive Seeding of Monodisperse Latex”, (Polymer Sci. &Eng.), (Ch.E.), 1983, E. David Sudol.

“Adsorption, Morphology, Rheology and Particle Particle Interaction of Thickened Latex”, (Ch.E.), 1983, John Tsong Non Lin.

“Kinetics Studies of Semi Continuous Emulsion Copolymerization”, (Poly. Sci. & Eng.), 1981, Trisno Makgawinata.

Ph.D. Dissertation Committee Member

“Effects of Agitation in Emulsion Polymerization-Kinetic and Mechanistic Study of Coagulum”, (Ch,E.), 2008, Jinmo Hong.

“Metal Encapsulation of Latex Particles”, (Polym. Sci. Eng.), 2006, Hyungsoo Kim.

“Film Formation from Reactive Latexes”, (Ch.E.), 2005, Brian Boyars.

“Preparation of Thermally Expandable Polymer Particles”, (Ch.E.), 2005, Yaodong Huang.

“Relaxation and Exchange of Polymers at Solid/Liquid Interfaces”, (Ch.E.), 2001, Ervin Mubarekyan.

“Miscibility of Vinyl Acetate -Ethylene Copolymers with Vinyl Chloride -Ethylene Copolymers”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1999, William R. Dougherty.

“Towards an Understanding of Steric -Stabilization When using PEO -PS -PEO Triblock Copolymers as the Stabilizer in the Non -Aqueous Emulsion Polymerization Systems”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1999, Xiaorong You.

“Electrokinetic Lift Effects Associated with the Transport of Latex Particles in Capillary Hydrodynamic Fractionation (CHDF)”, (Ch.E.)1998, Andrew Hollingsworth.

“The Interaction of Associative Polymers with Inorganic Pigment Dispersion”, (Ch.E.), 1998, Sopee Sa-nguandekul.

“Optical Probes of Polymers at Interfaces”, (Ch.E.), 1996, Victoria Ann Rebar.

“Molecular Basis of Fracture in Plastics: Role of Chain Scission and Chain Pullout”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1995, Mahesh Sambasivam.

“Rubber Toughened Epoxies:  Role of Characteristics of Particle and Particle/Matrix Interface”, (Materials Sci. & Eng.), 1995, by Reza Bagheri.

“Analytical Separation of Colloidal Particles Using Capillary Electrophoresis”, (Ch.E.), 1995, Armistice Hlatshwayo.

“Nonlinear Optical Properties of Highly Oriented Anisotropic Artificial Kerr Media”, (Physics), 1994, John C. Kralik.

“An Investigation Into the Structure and Breakup of Aggregated Latex Particles”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1993, Mehdi Durali.

“Molecular Aspects of Interdiffusion and Tensile Strength Development During Polystyrene Latex Film Formation”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1993, Kyung Don Kim.

“Particle Size Sensor Design and Application”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1993, Jaidev Venkatesan.

“Poly(ethylene Terephthalate) Compositions Containing the Naturally Functionalized Triglyceride Oils, Castor and Vernonia, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1992, Leonard W. Barrett.

“A Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopic Study of the Corrosion Protective Properties of Epoxy Coatings”, (Chemistry), 1992, Richard MacQueen.

“Characterization of Surface Acidic and Basic Sites on Polymer Films and Acid -Base Enhancement of Interfacial Film Adhesion”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1992, Mary Bowker Kaczinski.

“Role of the Interphase Region in the Transport of Small Molecules Through Heterogeneous Polymeric Systems”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1992, Carlos Rodrigo Correa C.

“Electrokinetic, Optical and Rheological Study of Ordered Polymer Colloids and Its Rheological Implications on Printing”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1991, Yann -Per Lee.

“Coagulation Studies of Polystyrene Latexes”, (Ch.E.), 1991, John Wydila.

“The Fundamental Thickening Mechanism of Associative Polymers in Latex Systems: A Rheological Study”, (Ch.E.), 1991, Richard D. Jenkins.

“Effect of Morphology, Crosslink Density and Miscibility on IPN Damping Efficiency”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1990, Joseph Fay.

“Film Formation from Polystyrene Latexes”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1990, Jin -Nyoung Yoo.

“The Characterization of Ions Implanted in Polymeric Coatings”, Chemistry), 1990, Rachel Turoscy.

“Controlling the Surface Chemistry of Fillers”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1989, Mary Joanne Kulp.

“Development of Graduated Core -Shell Supramolecular Structure in Polystyrene Latexes via Small -Angle Neutron Scattering”, (Ch.E.), 1989, Se -In Yang.

“Space Exploration: Children’s Attitude Toward the Human Role in Space”, (Major: Elementary Education), 1989, Jeannine Duane.

“Separation of Submicron Particles by Flow Fractionation: Capillary Hydrodynamic Fractionation (CHDF)”, (Ch.E.), 1988, Jose G. Dos Ramos.

“Damping and Fatigue Behavior of Polyurethane Networks and their IPN”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1988, Tak Hur.

“Stabilization and Electrostatic Deposition of Aqueous and Non-Aqueous Polymeric Colloids”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1988, by Wen -Jang Chen.

“The Synthesis and Characterization of Polymer-Bound Diagnostic Agents”, (Chem.), 1988, Suree M. Spaltro.

“Suspension Polymerization”, (Ch.E.), 1986, Ming-Huang Kang.

“Rheology and Particle Interactions of Thickened Latexes”, (Ch.E.), 1986, Ilknur S. Acarlar.

“Mechanism of Core -Shell Emulsion Polymerization”, (Ch.E.), 1984, Deborah R. Stutman.

“Ink Transfer in a High -Speed Electrostatic Printer”, (Polymer Sci. & Eng.), 1983, by Suda Kiatkamjornwong.

“Electrokinetics, Particle Diffusion, and Particle -Bubble Interaction in the Flotation Process”, (Ch.E., 1983, by Ken Chiang.

“Mathematical Modeling of Continuous Particle Electrophoresis with Emphasis on Hydrodynamic Stability and Buoyancy”, (Ch.E.), 1983, by Palmer Vaughn.

“Colored Latexes: Preparation, Characterization and Application”, (Ch.E.), 1981, by Yen -Jer Shih.

“The Preparation and Characterization of Polystyrene Latexes as Model Colloids”, (Chem.), 1981, by Ahmed Kamel.

“Preparation and Characterization of Latexes”, (Polymers), 1979, by Syed M. Ahmed.

“Preparation and Surface Characterization of Latexes as Model Colloids”, (Polymers), 1977, by Wan C. Wu.