Priestley Receives NSF CAREER Award

Jan. 11, 2011

Rodney Priestley, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Priestley’s project, entitled “Formation of Stable Polymer Glasses”, will explore Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation (MAPLE) as a route to produce low-energy, ultra-stable glassy polymer films. The work aims to provide guidelines for the development of polymer glasses with unmatched thermal and kinetic stability, and will also explore the application of stable polymer glasses as ultra-barrier membranes. The CAREER Program is an NSF-wide activity that offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.