Multiscale simulation and theory of self-assembly and hierarchical organization in complex fluids including surfactant solutions, polymer melts and solutions, and biopolymer gels and networks to advance self-assembly for building tailored nanostructured materials.
B.S., North Carolina State University, 1992
Ph.D., University of Delaware, 1998
Hank Ashbaugh was born in Chicago, IL in 1968 and grew up in Charlotte, NC. After graduating from high school, he attended NC State University and graduated in 1992 with a BS in Chemical Engineering. He subsequently attended graduate school in Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware, where he worked with Professors Michael Paulaitis and Eric Kaler on the computer modeling of surfactant solution interactions. After defending his PhD in 1998, Hank went on to post-doctoral assignments at Lund University in Sweden (working with Bjorn Lindman) and Princeton University (working with Robert Prud'homme). At those two positions he performed experimental studies of self-assembly in aqueous and non-aqueous environments with applications including the design of nanostructured gels and the enhanced recovery of oil from deep sea reservoirs. Hank subsequently joined Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2001 as a Director's Fellow in the Theoretical Division, focusing once again on modeling the fundamental interactions that drive self-assembly. In July of 2004, Hank joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Tulane University as an Assistant Professor. His current research interests include the multiscale simulation and theory of self-assembly and hierarchical organization in complex fluids including surfactant solutions, polymer melts and solutions, and biopolymer gels and networks to advance self-assembly as a labile tool for building tailored nanostructured materials.
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