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