Office: 1109 Hahn Hall South
Madsen Labs: 1009/1011 Hahn Hall South
BA Grinnell College (Iowa), 1994,
PhD California Institute of Technology NSF & Dow Fellowships, 2002
Postoctoral Associate, University of North Carolina, 2002-2006
Visiting Scientist, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, 2005
Associate Professor of Chemistry, Virginia Tech, 2006-present
Honors and Awards:
NSF CAREER Award, 2008
Our perceptions of “soft” materials (e.g., polymers or liquid crystals) rely mostly on bulk macroscopic properties and on observations made after synthesis and processing are complete. However, to best design soft materials we must gain insights into their structure and dynamics on length scales ranging from molecular to micron-scale, as all these details govern macroscopic behavior. We use “multi-modal” nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to investigate and quantify molecular motion, structure, dynamics, and morphology. Thus, we hope to span the molecular and macroscopic worlds, both to give a deeper picture of soft material behavior and to inform synthesis and processing efforts.
Our diverse research group combines perspectives from Physical, Polymer, and Analytical Chemistry. We make detailed measurements, develop physical and chemical models, and design and build custom instrumentation and new materials.
Specific interests in our group include: