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