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