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


  1. Predicting failure locations in model end-linked polymer networks
  2. Nonmonotonic polymer translocation kinetics through nanopores under changing surface–polymer interactions
  3. Capillary filling dynamics of polymer melts in a bicontinuous nanoporous scaffold
  4. Identifying microscopic factors that influence ductility in disordered solids
  5. Understanding Creep Suppression Mechanisms in Polymer Nanocomposites through Machine Learning
  6. MATILDA.FT, A mesoscale simulation package for inhomogeneous soft matter
  7. Experimental observations of fractal landscape dynamics in a dense emulsion
  8. The effect of monomer polarizability on the stability and salt partitioning in model coacervates
  9. Exploring the relationship between softness and excess entropy in glass-forming systems
  10. Bicontinuous interfacially jammed emulsion gels with nearly uniform sub-micrometer domains via regulated co-solvent removal
  11. Increases in Miscibility of a Binary Polymer Blend Confined within a Nanoparticle Packing
  12. Failure and Mechanical Properties of Glassy Diblock Copolymer Thin Films
  13. Exploring canyons in glassy energy landscapes using metadynamics
  14. Structuro-elasto-plasticity model for large deformation of disordered solids
  15. Percolation of co-continuous domains in tapered copolymer networks
  16. Decoupling the Impact of Entanglements and Mobility on the Failure Properties of Ultrathin Polymer Films
  17. The Role of Intra-molecular Relaxations on the Structure and Stability of vapor-Deposited Glasses
  18. Effect of Graft Length and Matrix Molecular Weight on String Assembly of Aligned Nanoplates in a Lamellar Diblock Copolymer
  19. Predicting the unobserved. A statistical mechanics framework for non-equilibrium material response with quantified uncertainty
  20. Role of Local Structure in the Enhanced Dynamics of Deformed Glasses
  21. Fracture of model end-linked networks
  22. Thickness-Dependent Mechanical Failure in Thin Films of Glassy Polymer Bidisperse Blends
  23. Lewis Adduct-Induced Phase Transitions in Polymer/Solvent Mixtures
  24. Load-bearing entanglements in polymer glasses
  25. Investigating Nanoparticle Organization in Polymer Matrices during Reaction-Induced Phase Transitions and Material Processing
  26. Effect of surface properties and polymer chain length on polymer adsorption in solution
  27. Chain and Segmental Dynamics in Polymer–Nanoparticle Composites with High Nanoparticle Loading
  28. Coarse-Grained Modeling of Polymer Nanocomposites: Field-Theoretic Simulations [Book Chapter]
  29. Conformation and dynamics of ring polymers under symmetric thin film confinement
  30. Dynamic phase transitions in freestanding polymer thin films
  31. Polymer Conformations and Diffusion through a Monolayer of Confining Nanoparticles
  32. Molecular View of Cavitation in Model-Solvated Polymer Networks
  33. Cavitation in Soft Matter
  34. Origin of Mechanical Enhancement in Polymer Nanoparticle (NP) Composites with Ultrahigh NP Loading
  35. Effect of Polymer-Nanoparticle Interactions on Solvent-driven Infiltration of Polymer (SIP) into Nanoparticle Packings: a Molecular Dynamics Study
  36. Experiments and Simulations Probing Local Domain Bulge and String Assembly of Aligned Nanoplates in a Lamellar Diblock Copolymer
  37. Equilibrium Field Theoretic Study of Nanoparticle Interactions in Diblock Copolymer Melts
  38. Increased Polymer Diffusivity in Thin-Film Confinement
  39. Distinguishing failure modes in oligomeric polymer nanopillars
  40. Phase Behavior of Grafted Polymer Nanocomposites from Field-Based Simulations
  41. Identifying structural signatures of shear banding in model polymer nanopillars
  42. Effects of microstructure formation on the stability of vapor-desposited glasses
  43. Polymer Conformations and Dynamics under Confinement with Two Length Scales
  44. Critical Contact Angle to Induce Capillary Rise of Polymers in Nanopores Does Not Depend on Chain Length
  45. Polymer Diffusion Is Fastest at Intermediate Levels of Cylindrical Confinement
  46. Effect of substrate interactions on the glass transition and length-scale of correlated dynamics in ultra-thin molecular glass films
  47. Emerging investigators in materials science 2017-2018
  48. Field-Theoretic Simulations of the Distribution of Nanorods in Diblock Copolymer Thin Films
  49. Structure-property relationships from universal signatures of plasticity in disordered solids
  50. Inverse design of grafted nanoparticles for targeted self-assembly
  51. Comparison of Field-Theoretic Approaches in Predicting Polymer Nanocomposite Phase Behavior
  52. Nanorod Mobility Influences Polymer Diffusion in Polymer Nanocomposites
  53. Perspective: Outstanding theoretical questions in polymer-nanoparticle hybrids
  54. Grafted polymer chains suppress nanoparticle diffusion in athermal polymer melts
  55. Field-theoretic simulations of block copolymer nanocomposites in a constant interfacial tension ensemble
  56. Nanoporous Polymer-Infiltrated Nanoparticle Films with Uniform or Graded Porosity via Undersaturated Capillary Rise Infiltration
  57. Solvent vapor annealing in block copolymer nanocomposite films: a dynamic mean field approach
  58. Long-range correlated dynamics in ultra-thin molecular glass films
  59. Understanding soft glassy materials using an energy landscape approach
  60. Isolating the Effect of Molecular Weight on Ion Transport of Non-Ionic Diblock Copolymer/Ionic Liquid Mixtures
  61. Engineering the Assembly of Gold Nanorods in Polymer Matrices
  62. Dispersion and alignment of nanorods in cylindrical block copolymer thin films
  63. Attraction of Nanoparticles to Tilt Grain Boundaries in Block Copolymers
  64. The dynamics of unentangled polymers during capillary rise infiltration into a nanoparticle packing
  65. Local Polymer Dynamics and Diffusion in Cylindrical Nanoconfinement
  66. Predicting the structure and interfacial activity of diblock brush, mixed brush, and Janus-grafted nanoparticles
  67. Entanglement Reduction and Anisotropic Chain and Primitive Path Conformations in Polymer Melts under Thin Film and Cylindrical Confinement
  68. The distribution of homogeneously grafted nanoparticles in polymer thin films and blends
  69. Understanding Plastic Deformation in Thermal Glasses from Single-Soft-Spot Dynamics
  70. Strain localization in glassy polymers under cylindrical confinement
  71. Size-Controlled Self-Assembly of Superparamagnetic Polymersomes
  72. Field theoretic simulations of polymer nanocomposites
  73. Effect of particle size and grafting density on the mechanical properties of polymer nanocomposites
  74. Influence of Backbone Rigidity on Nanoscale Confinement Effects in Model Glass-Forming Polymers
  75. Evolution of collective motion in a model glass-forming liquid during physical aging
  76. Heterogeneous Segmental Dynamics during Creep and Constant Strain Rate Deformations of Rod-Containing Polymer Nanocomposites
  77. Investigation of the interfacial tension of complex coacervates using field-theoretic simulations
  78. Dynamics and Deformation Response of Rod-Containing Nanocomposites
  79. Influence of Chain Stiffness on Thermal and Mechanical Properties of Polymer Thin Films
  80. Influence of Nanorod Inclusions on Structure and Primitive Path Network of Polymer Nanocomposites at Equilibrium and Under Deformation
  81. Mechanical properties of antiplasticized polymer nanostructures
  82. Field-theoretic simulations in the Gibbs ensemble
  83. Antiplasticization and the elastic properties of glass-forming polymer liquids
  84. Heterogeneous dynamics during deformation of a polymer glass
  85. Entanglement network in nanoparticle reinforced polymers
  86. Fluorinated Quaternary Ammonium Salts as Dissolution Aids for Polar Polymers in Environmentally Benign Supercritical Carbon Dioxide
  87. Deformation-Induced Mobility in Polymer Glasses during Multistep Creep Experiments and Simulations
  88. Dynamics of a Glassy Polymer Nanocomposite during Active Deformation
  89. Nonlinear Creep in a Polymer Glass
  90. Antiplasticization and local elastic constants in trehalose and glycerol mixtures
  91. Molecular plasticity of polymeric glasses in the elastic regime
  92. Free Volume and Finite-Size Effects in a Polymer Glass under Stress
  93. Characterization of the potential energy landscape of an antiplasticized polymer
  94. Tuning polymer melt fragility with antiplasticizer additives
  95. Influence of Confinement on the Fragility of Antiplasticized and Pure Polymer Films