Julie AlbertJulie N.L. Albert, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Robert and Gayle Longmire Early Career Professor in Chemical Engineering

Phone: 504-862-3260

322 Lindy Boggs Building
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118-5674

Research Interests

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

Ternary Homopolymer-Block Copolymer Blends

300 Lindy Boggs Center, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118, T: 504-865-5772, F: 504-865-6744