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The center is led by Prof. Thomas H. Epps, III (Director) and Prof. LaShanda T. J. Korley (Associate Director). CRiSP’s faculty have appointments in the Departments of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering, along with affiliations in Chemistry & Biochemistry, Physics & Astronomy, and several local companies. CRiSP’s graduate students hold NSF, NASA, and other nationally competitive fellowships, and are an integral part of the Center’s research team. Additionally, CRiSP’s researchers include postdoctoral researchers and research professionals who bring experience and expertise from leading scientific institutions around the world.
Our research impact areas include human health (tissue engineering; drug delivery), sustainability/energy (renewable materials; membranes; self-healing systems; coatings/mechanics), and protection and personal care (composites; colloids). The center has strengths in materials synthesis, computation, characterization, instrumentation development, processing, technology development, and industrial collaboration. Furthermore, the center supports research in polymers, biomaterials, complex fluids, modeling/simulation, metrology, and initiatives in education & workforce development, and diversity.
We welcomes inquiries from prospective students (undergraduate and graduate), researchers, faculty, industry partners, and sponsors.
Polymers & Colloids
We develop and characterize soft materials to enable a better future.
Modeling & Simulation
We study materials atom by atom using cutting-edge computational methods.
Design, Synthesis & Processing
We can create new materials from concept to end use.
Metrology & Instrument Development
We develop the tools needed to push the field forward.