322 Lindy Boggs Building
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
New Orleans, LA 70118-5674
Among the next generation of technologies, we expect medical diagnostic devices that are more accurate and portable; electronic devices that are faster, smaller, and capable of storing more information; and energy sources that are cleaner without sacrificing capacity or power. Polymers with tunable nano- and micro-structured morphologies can address these challenges. The Albert group is interested in developing these types of materials for research applications related to present-day challenges in energy, health, and environmental applications. Specifically, we take advantage of the phase separation processes responsible for self-assembly in block copolymers (~nm) and polymer blends (~μm) to produce thin film materials with desired morphologies. For example, we create materials that may become nanotemplates for electronic materials, tailorable microenvironments for cell culture, or nanoporous membranes for filtration. Through the natural relationships between material properties, surface interactions, and morphology design, our work with polymeric materials encompasses research related to the following areas:
· Nano- and micro- structured materials
· Surface chemistry
· Combinatorial methods
· Confined crystallization
· Nanoporous membranes for oil/water separations
· Biocompatible and functionalized surfaces and scaffolds for cell culture
· Solar energy
B.S., University of Florida, 2005
Ph.D., University of Delaware, 2012
Julie received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida in 2005 and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 2011. Subsequently, she pursued postdoctoral research studies at North Carolina State University. Her doctoral and postdoctoral research focused on developing gradient methods for exploring the effects of surface interactions on block copolymer thin film self-assembly and tailoring the chemical and mechanical properties of silicone elastomer networks for cell mobility studies and peptide assembly. At Tulane, Julie's primary research interests are centered on the use of combinatorial methods to engineer nano- and micro-structured polymeric materials for applications related to technology development in the energy, health, and environmental sectors.
Julie has authored several scientific articles, including three topical reviews, in peer-reviewed journals such as ACS Nano, NanoLetters, Materials Today, Chemical Society Reviews, and Energy and Environment Focus. She has presented her research at a number of national meetings, including two award symposia (Padden Award Symposium, 2011 APS March Meeting; Akzo Nobel Student Award Symposium, 2010 ACS National Meeting) and an invited talk at the 2012 AIChE National Meeting. During her doctoral studies, Julie was the recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and a Teaching Fellowship, and during her postdoctoral studies, she received the AIChE Women's Initiative Committee Travel Award in 2012. In 2015, she was selected for a prestigious Early-Career Research Fellowship by the National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Program to develop nanoporous membranes for enhanced oil recovery from spills. In addition to her research-related activities at Tulane, Julie also serves as the faculty advisor for the Society of Women Engineers undergraduate student organization on campus.
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