the helgeson lab:

   soft matter design and processing

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Principal Investigator


Prof. Matthew E. Helgeson


Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware

B.S., Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University


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Postdoctoral scholars


Dr. Christopher Barney


Ph.D., Polymer Science & Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Office: 1235 Elings Hall

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Research interests: Structure and mechanics of multi-phase polymer networks


Dr. Yimin Luo


Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

Office: 1235 Elings Hall

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Research interests: High-throughput structural and rheological characterization of biomaterials


Dr. Nairiti Sinha


Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering, University of Delaware

Office: 3309 Engineering II

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Research interests: Self-assembly and phase instability of self-assembling biomolecules


Graduate students


Scott Fenton


Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical Engineering

B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Office: 3228 Engineering II

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Research topic: Structured materials from controlled viscoelastic phase separation


Serena Seshadri


Ph.D. Candidate, Chemistry

B.S., Chemistry, Georgetown University, Washington DC

Office: 3228 Engineering II

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Research topic: Photoresponsive emulsions


Tanvi Sheth


Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical Engineering

B.S., Chemical Engineering, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Office: 3228 Engineering II

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Research topic: Colloidal synthesis in complex nanoemulsions


Joshua Straub


Ph.D. Candidate, Physics

B.S., Physics,

Office: 3228 Engineering II

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Research topic: Formation and stability of calcium phosphate nanoclusters in solution


Chelsea Edwards


Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical Engineering

B.S., Chemical Engineering, MIT

Office: 3228 Engineering II

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Research topic: Controlling formation and microstructure of polyelectrolyte coacervates


Anukta Datta


Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical Engineering

M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan

B.S., Chemical Engineering, NIT Rourkela, India

Office: 3228 Engineering II

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Research topic: Probing topology-controlled polymer deformation in extreme flows


Manisha Patel


Ph.D. Candidate, Physics

B.S., Physics, Stanford

Office: 3228 Engineering II

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Research topic: Biophysics of mitochondrial calcium phosphate


Undergraduate researchers


Vedika Shenoy
ChE, Class of 2022



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