Karen I. Winey
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Department: 
SEAS / Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Polymers
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Mechanics of Materials

Research Overview: Karen's group designs and fabricates polymer nanocomposites containing carbon nanotubes and metal nanowires with the aim of understanding how to improve their mechanical, thermal, and especially electrical properties. More recently Karen has expanded her work to include simulations of electrical conductivity and polymer dynamics in the presence of nanoparticles. Karen pioneered the use of HAADF STEM to probe the nanoscale morphology in ion-containing polymers. Now, her group focuses on correlating the structures in these materials, including block copolymers, with transport properties.

Education:
PhD Polymer Science & Engineering 1991 - University of Massachusetts
MS Polymer Science & Engineering 1989 - University of Massachusetts
BS Materials Science & Engineering 1985 - Cornell University

Karen Winey's Recent Publications

Honors and Awards:  2013 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fellow - Heilmeier Research Award - 2012, Director - Nanotechnology Institute, Director - Energy Commercialization Institute, Fellow - American Physical Society - 2004, NSF Special Creativity Award, American Physical Society Fellow - 2003, Cosslett Award for Best Invited Paper Microscopy Society and Microanalysis - 2000, NSF Young Investigator Award - 1994