Dr. Sarah Morgan

Dr. Sarah Morgan is a Professor in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi. She joined The University in 2002 after a fourteen year career in industrial R&D. Her expertise is in the area of polymer surfaces and interfaces. She was awarded the Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics Prize for 2010 and The Society of Plastics Engineers Education Award in 2015. Morgan’s research focuses on surface and interface modification, involving high performance polymers, composites, nanocompsites, and bioinspired materials. Her research is funded by public and private agencies including NSF, Dept. of Education, Dept. of Energy and industrial partners.

Before joining the university she worked at GE Plastics in R&D and research management in engineering thermoplastics. She developed new copolymers, polymer blends, composites and nanocomposites for automotive, electronics, medical products and building and construction applications and holds multiple publications and patents. In addition to polymer synthetic capabilities, her laboratory includes rheometry, atomic force microscopy, nanoindentation, tribology, ellipsometry, and solar cell fabrication, simulation and device testing.

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April Fogel

Graduate Student

Education: B.S., Plastics Engineering and Technology, Western Washington University
Research Focus: Bio-based polymers 

Biography: April received a B.S. in Plastics Engineering Technology with a Minor in Materials Science from Western Washington University in June, 2012. In the fall of 2013 she joined the Polymer Science Department as a Ph.D. candidate and joined the Morgan Research group in the summer of 2014. Currently, her research involves systematic study of water within glycopolymer hydrogel networks for contact lens applications.

 

Ashleigh Bristol

Graduate Student

Education: B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Mississippi
Research Focus: Bio-based Polymers

Biography:Ashleigh received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with an emphasis in Biotechnology from the University of Mississippi in May, 2014. In the fall of 2014 she joined the Polymer Science Department as a Ph.D. candidate and joined the Morgan Research group in the summer of 2015. Currently, her research involves the study of the polymer-protein interactions in order to design an optimal therapeutic delivery system for Celiac disease.

Pradipta Das

Graduate Student

Education:
  • B.S., Chemistry, Calcutta University
  • B.S., Polymer Science and Technology, Calcutta University
  • M.S., Polymer Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Research Focus: Bio-based Polymers

Biography: Pradipta received Bachelors’ degrees in Chemistry and Polymer Science from Calcutta University in 2007 and 2010, respectively. He continued to receive a M.S. in Polymer Science and Engineering in 2013 from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. In the fall of 2013 he joined the Polymer Science Department as a Ph.D. candidate and joined the Morgan Research group in the summer of 2014. Currently, his research involves synthesis and surface grafting of stereo-controlled glycomonomers as models to mimic amyloid beta peptide/saccharide interactions for Alzheimer’s disease.

 
 

Levi Moore

Graduate Student

Education: B.A. Chemistry Pomona College
Research Focus: High Performance Materials

Biography Levi received a B.S. in Chemistry from Pomona College in May,2011. In the fall of 2012 he joined the Polymer Science Department as a Ph.D. candidate and joined the Morgan Research group in summer of 2013. Currently, his research involves synthesizing tunable electron accepting materials for polymer solar cells, which have the potential to increase the manufacturability and performance of these devices through increased environmental resistance and broader light absorption compared to present widely used fullerene derivatives.

 

Yibin Huang

Post-Doc

Education:
B.A. Mechanical Engineering and Automation Nanchang University
M.S. Materials Processing Engineering Nanchang Hangkong University
Ph.D. Materials Processing Engineering Nanchang University
Research Focus: High Performance Materials

Biography Yibin received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Automation from Nanchang University in 1999. He received a M.S. in Materials Processing Engineering in 2004 from the Nanchang Hangkong University. Then, He joined the Shangrao Normal University in the same year and became an associate professor and vice dean of the school of Physics and Electronics in 2012. He received a Ph.D. in Materials Processing Engineering in 2011 from Nanchang University. In October of 2015 he joined the Morgan Research group as a visiting scholar (post-doc funded by CSC). Currently, his research involves polymer gas assisted extrusion and co-extrusion.

 

Elizabeth Cranford

Program Manager, NRT, REU, RET Site
Graduate Recruiting Coordinator

Education: B.A. Northwestern State University; M.P.A. Louisiana State University
   

Bishal Upadhyay

Undergraduate Student

 

Mark Norman

Undergraduate Student

Rene Cardona

Undergraduate Student

 

Lauren Chatelain

Undergraduate Student

 

Bernardo Barea Lopez

Undergraduate Student