Robert A. Riggleman

Principal Investigator

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Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


  • B.S. Engineering, University of South Carolina, 2002
  • Ph.D. Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007

Postdoctoral training:

  • Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007-2008
  • Chemical Engineering, University of California-Santa Barbara, 2009-2010

Awards and Honors:

  • Best Paper Award, 1st Place, Semiconductor Research Corporation Annual Review (2006)
  • Best Paper Award, 2nd Place, Semiconductor Research Corporation Annual Review (2005)
  • Dahlke Hougen Fellow, University of Wisconsin – Madison, (2002-2005)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship Honorable Mention (2002)
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honors society (2002)
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors society (2001-present)


  1. Perspective: Outstanding theoretical questions in polymer-nanoparticle hybrids
  2. Grafted polymer chains suppress nanoparticle diffusion in athermal polymer melts
  3. Field-theoretic simulations of block copolymer nanocomposites in a constant interfacial tension ensemble
  4. Nanoporous Polymer-Infiltrated Nanoparticle Films with Uniform or Graded Porosity via Undersaturated Capillary Rise Infiltration
  5. Solvent vapor annealing in block copolymer nanocomposite films: a dynamic mean field approach
  6. Long-range correlated dynamics in ultra-thin molecular glass films
  7. Understanding soft glassy materials using an energy landscape approach
  8. Isolating the Effect of Molecular Weight on Ion Transport of Non-Ionic Diblock Copolymer/Ionic Liquid Mixtures
  9. Engineering the Assembly of Gold Nanorods in Polymer Matrices
  10. Dispersion and alignment of nanorods in cylindrical block copolymer thin films
  11. Attraction of Nanoparticles to Tilt Grain Boundaries in Block Copolymers
  12. The dynamics of unentangled polymers during capillary rise infiltration into a nanoparticle packing
  13. Local Polymer Dynamics and Diffusion in Cylindrical Nanoconfinement
  14. Predicting the structure and interfacial activity of diblock brush, mixed brush, and Janus-grafted nanoparticles
  15. Entanglement Reduction and Anisotropic Chain and Primitive Path Conformations in Polymer Melts under Thin Film and Cylindrical Confinement
  16. The distribution of homogeneously grafted nanoparticles in polymer thin films and blends
  17. Understanding Plastic Deformation in Thermal Glasses from Single-Soft-Spot Dynamics
  18. Strain localization in glassy polymers under cylindrical confinement
  19. Size-Controlled Self-Assembly of Superparamagnetic Polymersomes
  20. Field theoretic simulations of polymer nanocomposites
  21. Effect of particle size and grafting density on the mechanical properties of polymer nanocomposites
  22. Influence of Backbone Rigidity on Nanoscale Confinement Effects in Model Glass-Forming Polymers
  23. Evolution of collective motion in a model glass-forming liquid during physical aging
  24. Heterogeneous Segmental Dynamics during Creep and Constant Strain Rate Deformations of Rod-Containing Polymer Nanocomposites
  25. Investigation of the interfacial tension of complex coacervates using field-theoretic simulations
  26. Dynamics and Deformation Response of Rod-Containing Nanocomposites
  27. Influence of Chain Stiffness on Thermal and Mechanical Properties of Polymer Thin Films
  28. Influence of Nanorod Inclusions on Structure and Primitive Path Network of Polymer Nanocomposites at Equilibrium and Under Deformation
  29. Mechanical properties of antiplasticized polymer nanostructures
  30. Field-theoretic simulations in the Gibbs ensemble
  31. Antiplasticization and the elastic properties of glass-forming polymer liquids
  32. Heterogeneous dynamics during deformation of a polymer glass
  33. Entanglement network in nanoparticle reinforced polymers
  34. Fluorinated Quaternary Ammonium Salts as Dissolution Aids for Polar Polymers in Environmentally Benign Supercritical Carbon Dioxide
  35. Deformation-Induced Mobility in Polymer Glasses during Multistep Creep Experiments and Simulations
  36. Dynamics of a Glassy Polymer Nanocomposite during Active Deformation
  37. Nonlinear Creep in a Polymer Glass
  38. Antiplasticization and local elastic constants in trehalose and glycerol mixtures
  39. Molecular plasticity of polymeric glasses in the elastic regime
  40. Free Volume and Finite-Size Effects in a Polymer Glass under Stress
  41. Characterization of the potential energy landscape of an antiplasticized polymer
  42. Tuning polymer melt fragility with antiplasticizer additives
  43. Influence of Confinement on the Fragility of Antiplasticized and Pure Polymer Films