The Morgan Research Group focuses on surfaces and interfaces, with specific interest in high performance materials and bio-inspired polymers. Research involves surface and interfacial modification and elucidation of mechanisms at the molecular level determining material performance. The research is highly interdisciplinary, involving polymer synthesis, engineering and analysis, and collaborative interactions with academic and industrial partners.
High performance materials, including composites, nanocomposites, and nanostructured materials, involve collaboration with industrial partners such as Solvay, GE, Boeing, Hybrid Plastics, and Stion and explore structure/property relationships for energy-saving materials and sustainable energy applications. Biopolymer and bioinspired polymeric materials include polymer/protein interaction and assembly processes for study of autoimmune disorders and biomaterials applications. Bio-based materials research includes funding from NSF, Johnson & Johnson, and other industrial partners.
Graduate and undergraduate students are provided opportunities for industrial and international internships. Comprehensive synthesis, processing and analysis capabilities are available. Analytical instrumentation includes atomic force microscopy, ATR-FTIR, nanoindentation, SEM-EDAX, TEM, light scattering, surface Plasmon resonance, quartz crystal microbalance, ellipsometry, tribometry, contact angle goniometry and comprehensive coatings analysis capability.