2022 Publications

2021 Publications

  • Y. Xi, R. S. Lankone, L. Sung and Y. Liu, “Tunable thermo-reversible bicontinuous nanoparticle gel driven by the binary solvent segregation”, Nat Commun, 2021, 12, 910, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-20701-3.

2020 Publications

  • G. Decker, G. Lorzing, M. Deegan and E. D. Bloch, “MOF-mimetic molecules: carboxylate-based supramolecular complexes as molecular metal-organic framework analogues”, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2020, DOI: 10.1039/C9TA12497G.

2015 Publications

  • Shelton, C. K.; Epps, T. H., III.Decoupling substrate surface interactions in block polymer thin film self-assembly.” Macromolecules, 2015, 48, 4572-4580
  • Shelton, C. K.; Epps, T. H., III. “Mapping substrate surface field propagation in block polymer thin films.” Macromolecules, 2015, under review
  • Shelton, C. K.; Dura, J. A.; Jones, R. L.; Epps, T. H., III. “Tracking Solvent Distribution in Block Polymer Thin Films with In Situ Solvent Vapor Annealing during Neutron Scattering.” (in preparation ACS Nano)
  • Wulfers, M. J., Lobo, R. F., Ipek, B. Teketel, S. Commun. 2015, 51, 4447–4450.
  • Zhukhovitskiy, A.V., Zhong, M., Keeler, E.G., Michaelis, V.K., Sun, J.E.P., Hore, M.J. A., Pochan, D.J., Griffin, R.G., Willard, A.P., Johnson, J.A., “High branch functionality and loop-rich polymer metal-organic cage gels”, Nature Chem. 2015, (accepted)
  • Zhang, H., Polzer, F., Haider, M., Kiick, K, Pochan, D.J., Saven, J. “Computational design and experimental assembly of biomolecular nanostructures with a versatile peptide motif”, Science 2015, (submitted)
  • Barnett GV, Razinkov V, Kerwin BA, Laue TM, Woodka A, Butler PD, Perevozchikova T, Roberts CJ. “Specific ion effects on the aggregation mechanisms and protein-protein interactions for anti-streptavidin immunoglobulin gamma 1.” J Phys Chem B 2015 119:5793-5804
  • Barnett GV, Qi W, Amin S, Lewis EN, Roberts CJ. “Aggregate structure, morphology and the effect of aggregation mechanisms on viscosity at elevated protein concentrations.” Biophys Chem 2015 207:21-29
  • Calabrese, M. A., Rogers, S. A., Murphy, R. P., & Wagner, N. J. “The rheology and microstructure of branched micelles under shear. Journal of Rheology” 2015 59(5), 1299-1328.
  • Calabrese, M. A., Rogers, S. A., Porcar, L. & Wagner, N. J. “Understanding steady and dynamic shear banding in a branched wormlike micellar solution.” In submission to Journal of Rheology
  • Calabrese, M. A., Wagner, N. J. & Rogers S.A. “An optimized protocol for the analysis of time-resolved scattering experiments.” In submission to Soft Matter.
  • Lopez-Barron CR, Wagner NJ, Porcar L. Layering, melting, and recrystallization of a close-packed micellar crystal under steady and large-amplitude oscillatory shear flows. Journal of Rheology. 2015 May;59(3):793-820.
  • Koshari SHS, Wagner NJ, Lenhoff AM. Characterization of lysozyme adsorption in cellulosic chromatographic materials using small-angle neutron scattering. Journal of Chromatography A. 2015 Jun;1399:45-52.
  • Gurnon AK, Wagner NJ. Microstructure and rheology relationships for shear thickening colloidal dispersions. Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 2015;769:242-76.
  • Gao J, Ndong RS, Shiflett MB, Wagner NJ. Creating Nanoparticle Stability in Ionic Liquid [C4mim][BF4] by Inducing Solvation Layering. ACS Nano. 2015 March
  • Mackay, M.E., “Solar Energy: An Introduction,” (2015) Oxford University Press, 240 pp.
  • Kuan, W.-F., R. Remy, E. Mackay, and T.H. Epps, III, “Controlled ionic conductivity via tapered block polymer electrolytes,” RSC Advances 2015 5 12597-12604.
  • Dirlam, P.T., A.G. Simmonds, T.S. Kleine, N.A. Nguyen, L.E. Anderson, A.O. Klever, A. Florian, P.J. Costanzo, P. Theato, E. Mackay, R.S. Glass, K. Char, and J. Pyun, “Inverse vulcanization of elemental sulfur with 1,4-diphenylbutadiyne for cathode materials in Li-S batteries,” RSC Advances 2015 5, 24718-24722.
  • Kuan, W.-F., Reed, E. H., Nguyen, N. A., Mackay, M. E., Epps, T. H., Using tapered interfaces to manipulate nanoscale morphologies in ion-doped block polymers, MRS Communications 2015, 5, (02), 251-256.
  • Nguyen, N. A.*, Griebel, J. J.*, Namnabat, S., Anderson, L. E., Glass, R. S., Norwood, R. A., Mackay, M. E., Char, K.; Pyun, J. (*equally contributed), “Dynamic Covalent Polymers via Inverse Vulcanization of Elemental Sulfur for Healable Infrared Optical Materials,” ACS Macro Letters 2015, 4, (9), 862-866.
  • Hart, N. A. Nguyen, J. L. Harries, M. E. Mackay, H. M. Colquhoun and W. Hayes, “Perylene as an electron-rich moiety in healable, complementary π–π stacked, supramolecular polymer systems,J. Polymer, 2015, 69, (9), 293–300.
  • Remy, R., Wei, S., Campos, L. M., Mackay, M. E. , ACS Macro Lett. 2015, 4, 1051–1055.
  • Lopez-Barron CR, Wagner NJ, Porcar L. Layering, melting, and recrystallization of a close-packed micellar crystal under steady and large-amplitude oscillatory shear flows. Journal of Rheology. 2015 May;59(3):793-820.
  • Koshari SHS, Wagner NJ, Lenhoff AM. Characterization of lysozyme adsorption in cellulosic chromatographic materials using small-angle neutron scattering. Journal of Chromatography A. 2015 Jun;1399:45-52.
  • Gurnon AK, Wagner NJ. Microstructure and rheology relationships for shear thickening colloidal dispersions. Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 2015;769:242-76.
  • Gao J, Ndong RS, Shiflett MB, Wagner NJ. Creating Nanoparticle Stability in Ionic Liquid [C4mim][BF4] by Inducing Solvation Layering. ACS Nano. 2015 2015/03/10.
  • Calabrese MA, Rogers SA, Murphy RP, Wagner NJ. The rheology and microstructure of branched micelles under shear. Journal of Rheology. 2015 Sep;59(5):1299-328.
  • Christopher E. Bertrand, P. Douglas Godfrin, Yun Liu, “Direct observation of critical adsorption on colloidal particles”, of Chem. Phys., 2015, 143, 084704
  • Zhe Wang, Kanae Ito, Juscelino Leao, Leland Harriger, Yun Liu, Sow-Hsin Chen, “The liquid-liquid phase transition and its phase diagram in deeply-cooled heavy water confined in a nanoporous silica matrix”, Phys. Chem. Lett., 2015 ,6, 2009-2014

ACNS 2010 in Ottawa, Canada

  • Plenary Talk by Norman Wagner: “Understanding Viscoelastic Self-Assembled Surfactant  Micelles and Peptide Hydrogels by Rheo-SANS and NSE.”
  • Talk by Norman Wagner: “Measurements of Structure-Property Relationships in Shear Dispersions via 1-2 Plane Flow-SANS.”
  • Talk by Norman Wagner: “Fast Dynamics of Semiflexible Chain Networks of Self-Assembled Peptides.”
  • Talk by Congqi Yan: “Dynamic Studies of Gel Network Morphology under Flow.”
  • Talk by Nathan Hould: “Controlling Zeolite Beta Nucleation and Growth.”
  • Talk by Nathan Hould: “A Case Study of Model Direct Analysis and Indirect Fourier Transform Analysis of Small Angle Neutron Scattering from Silica Nanoparticles.”
  • Talk by Derya Vural: “Dynamics of Atoms in Proteins.”
  • Poster by Henry Glyde: “Bose-Einstein Condensation in Liquid Helium under Pressure.”
  • Poster by Jung Min Kim: “The Microstructure-Property Relationships in Gelling Nanoparticle Dispersions with Tunable Interaction Potentials.”
  • Poster by Carlos Lopez-Barron: “What Drives Shear Banding in Wormlike Micellar Solutions?”
  • Poster by Basavaraj Gurappa: “Nanovesicles: Novel Characterization Methodology and Their Phase Behavior in Presence of Polymer.”

Earlier Publications


  • O.D. Krishna, D.J. Pochan, P.D. Theato, and K.L. Kiick. “Morphological Transformations in a Dually Temperature-responsive Coil-Rod-Coil Bioconjugate”, Soft Matter, 2012
  • P. Falus, L. Porcar, E. Fratini, W.R. Chen, A. Faraone, K.L. Hong, P. Baglioni, and Y. Liu. “Distinguishing the monomer to cluster phase transition in concentrated lysozyme solutions by studying the temperature dependence of the short-time dynamics”, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 2012 24(6): 064114.
  • A.P.R. Eberle, R. Castaneda-Priego, J.M. Kim, and N.J. Wagner. “Dynamical Arrest, Percolation, Gelation, and Glass Formation in Model Nanoparticle Dispersions with Thermoreversible Adhesive Interactions”, Langmuir, 2012 28(3): 1866-1878.
  • J.N.L. Albert, W.S. Young, R.L. Lewis, T.D. Bogart, J.R. Smith, and T.H. Epps. “Systematic Study on the Effect of Solvent Removal Rate on the Morphology of Solvent Vapor Annealed ABA Triblock Copolymer Thin Films”, 2012 ACS Nano, 6(1): 459-466.


  • S. Aimon, J. Manzi, D. Schmidt, J.A. Poveda Larrosa, P. Bassereau, and G.E.S. Toombes. “Functional Reconstitution of a Voltage-Gated Potassium Channel in Giant Unilamellar Vesicles”, PLoS One, 2011 6(10).
  • Y. Domanov, S. Aimon, G.E.S. Toombes, M. Renner, F. Quemeneur, A. Triller, M.S. Turner, and P. Bassereau. “Mobility in geometrically confined membranes”, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, 2011 108(31): 12605-12610.
  • N.D. Hould, A. Foster, and R.F. Lobo. “Zeolite beta mechanisms of nucleation and growth”, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 2011 142(1): 104-115.
  • V.B.R. Boppana, N.D. Hould, and R.F. Lobo. “Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic properties of novel zinc germanate nano-materials”, Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 2011 184(5): 1054-1062.
  • N.D. Hould, R.F. Lobo, and N.J. Wagner. “Indirect Fourier Transformation and Model Fitting of Small Angle Neutron Scattering from Silica Nanoparticles”, Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, 2011 27(3-4): 89-99.
  • A. Top, S. Zhong, C.Q. Yan, C.J. Roberts, D.J. Pochan, and K.L. Kiick. “Controlling assembly of helical polypeptides via PEGylation strategies”, Soft Matter, 2011 7(20): 9758-9766.
  • L.Y. Lin, N.S. Lee, J. Zhu, A.M. Nystrom, D.J. Pochan, R.B. Dorshow, and K.L. Wooley. “Tuning core vs. shell dimensions to adjust the performance of nanoscopic containers for the loading and release of doxorubicin”, Journal of Controlled Release, 2011 152(1): 37-48.
  • E.G. Kelley, T.P. Smart, A.J. Jackson, M.O. Sullivan, and T.H. Epps. “Structural Changes in Block Copolymer Micelles Induced by Cosolvent Mixtures”, Soft Matter, 2011 7(15):7094-7102.
  • I. Hoffmann, P. Heunemann, S. Prevost, R. Schweins, N. J. Wagner, and M. Gradzielski. “Self-Aggregation of Mixtures of Oppositely Charged Polyelectrolytes and Surfactants Studied by Rheology, Dynamic Light Scattering and Small-Angle Neutron Scattering,” Langmuir, 2011 27(8): 4386-4396.
  • M.A. O’Malley, M.E. Helgeson, N.J. Wagner, and A.S. Robinson. “The Morphology and Composition of Cholesterol-Rich Micellar Nanostructures Determine Transmembrane Protein (GPCR) Activity,” Biophysical Journal, 2011 100(2): L11-L13.
  • D.J. Waters, K. Engberg, R. Parke-Hoube, C.N. Ta, A.J. Jackson, M.F. Toney, and C.W. Frank. “Structure and Mechanism of Strength Enhancement in Interpenetrating Polymer Network Hydrogels”, Macrocolecules, 2011 44(14): 5776-5787.
  • C.S. Taso, Y. Liu, H.Y. Chuang, H.H. Tseng, T.Y. Chen, C.H. Chen, M.S. Yu, Q.X. Li, A. Lueking, and S.H. Chen. “Hydrogen Spillover Effect of Pt-Doped Activated Carbon Studied by Inelastic Neutron Scattering”, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2011 2(18): 2322-2325.
  • A. Top, C.J. Roberts, and K.L. Kiick. “Conformational and Aggregation Properties of a PEGylated Alanine-Rich Polypeptide”, Biomacromolecules, 12(6): 2184-2192.
  • M.A. O’Malley, M.E. Helgeson, N.J. Wagner, and A.S. Robinson. “Toward Rational Design of Protein Detergent Complexes: Determinants of Mixed Micelles That Are Critical for the In Vitro Stabilization of a G-Protein Coupled Receptor”, Biophysical Journal, 2011 101(8): 1938-1948.
  • A. Lu, T.P. Smart, T.H. Epps, D.A. Longbottom, and R.K. O’Reilly. “L-Proline Functionalized Polymers Prepared by RAFT Polymerization and Their Assemblies as Supported Organocatalysts”, Macromolecules, 2011 44(18): 7233-7241.
  • C.U. Lee, T.P. Smart, L. Guo, T.H. Epps, and D.H. Zhang. “Synthesis and Characterization of Amphiphilic Cyclic Diblock Copolypeptoids from N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Mediated Zwitterionic Polymerization of N-Substituted N-Carboxyanhydride”, Macromolecules, 2011 44(24): 9574-9585.
  • J.M. Kim, R. Castaneda-Priego, Y. Liu, and N.J. Wagner. “On the importance of thermodynamic self-consistency for calculating clusterlike pair correlations in hard-core double Yukawa fluids”, Journal of Chemical Physics, 2011 134(6).
  • M.E. Helgeson, and N.J. Wagner. “Colloidal interactions mediated by end-adsorbing polymer-like micelles”, Journal of Chemical Physics, 2011 135(8).
  • B.W. Guralnick, J.E. Seppala, and M.E. Mackay. “Effect of aluminum deposition and annealing on polymer-based solar cell performance”, Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, 2011 49(11): 772-780.
  • S.E. Grieshaber, T. Nie, C.Q. Yan, S. Zhong, S.S. Teller, R.J. Clifton, D.J. Pochan, K.L. Kiick, and X.Q. Jia, “Assembly Properties of an Alanine-Rich, Lysine-Containing Peptide and the Formation of Peptide/Polymer Hybrid Hydrogels”, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 2011 212(3): 229-239.
  • A.P.R. Eberle, N.J. Wagner, and R. Castaneda-Priego. “Dynamical Arrest Transition in Nanoparticle Dispersions with Short-Range Interactions”, Physical Review Letters, 2011 106(10).


  • L. Porcar, P. Falus, W. R. Chen, A. Faraone, E. Fratini, K. Hong, P. Baglioni and Y. Liu. “Formation of the Dynamic Clusters in Concentrated Lysozyme Protein Solutions”, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2010 1(1): 126-129.
  • C.Q. Yan, and D.J. Pochan. “Rheological properties of peptide-based hydrogels for biomedical and other applications”, Chemical Society Reviews, 2010 39(9): 3528-3540.
  • C.Q. Yan, A. Altunbas, T. Yucel, R.P. Nagarkar, J.P. Schneider, and D.J. Pochan. “Injectable solid hydrogel: mechanism of shear-thinning and immediate recovery of injectable beta-hairpin peptide hydrogels”, Soft Matter, 2010 6(20): 5143-5156.
  • A. Top, and K.L. Kiick. “Multivalent protein polymers with controlled chemical and physical properties”, Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, 2010, 62(15): 1530-1540.
  • J.M. McMullan, and N.J. Wagner. “Directed self-assembly of colloidal crystals by dielectrophoretic ordering observed with small angle neutron scattering (SANS)”, Soft Matter, 2010 6(21):5443-5450.
  • R. Maheshwari, E.A. Levenson, and K.L. Kiick. “Manipulation of Electrostatic and Saccharide Linker Interactions in the Design of Efficient Glycopolypeptide-Based Cholera Toxin Inhibitors”, Macromolecular Bioscience, 2010 10(1): 68-81
  • O.D. Krishna, and K.L. Kiick. “Protein- and Peptide-Modified Synthetic Polymeric Biomaterials”, Biopolymers, 2010 94(1):32-48.
  • J.S. Katz, S. Zhong, B.G. Ricart, D.J. Pochan, D.A. Jammer, and J.A. Burdick. “Modular Synthesis of Biodegradable Diblock Copolymers for Designing Functional Polymersomes”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2010 132(11)
  • N.D. Hould, S. Kumar, M. Tsapatsis, V. Nikolakis, and R.F. Lobo. “Structure and Colloidal Stability of Nanosized Zeolite Beta Precursors”, Langmuir, 2010 26(2): 1260-1270.
  • M.E. Helgeson, L. Porcar, C. Lopez-Barron, and N.J. Wagner. “Direct Observation of Flow-Concentration Coupling in a Shear-Banding Fluid”, Physical Review Letters, 2010 105(8).
  • M.E. Helgeson, T.K. Hodgdon, E.W. Kaler, N.J. Wagner, M. Vethamuthu, and K.P. Ananthapadmanabhan. “Formation and Rheology of Viscoelastic “Double Networks” in Wormlike Micelle-Nanoparticle Mixtures”, Langmuir, 2010 26(11): 8049-8060.
  • R.C. Hayward, and D.J. Pochan. “Tailored Assemblies of Block Copolymers in Solution: It Is All about the Process”, Macromolecules, 2010 43(8): 3577-3584.
  • A.J.E. Farran, S.S. Teller, A.K. Jha, R.A. Hule, R.J. Clifton, D.P. Pochan, R.L. Dunca, and X.Q. Jia. “Effects of Matrix Composition, Microstructure, and Viscoelasticity on the Behaviors of Vocal Fold Fibroblasts Cultured in Three-Dimensional Hydrogel Networks”, Tissue Engineering Part A, 2010 16(4): 1247-1261.
  • A.P.R. Eberle, N.J. Wagner, B. Akgun, and S.K. Satija. “Temperature-Dependent Nanostructure of an End-Tethered Octadecane Brush in Tetradecane and Nanoparticle Phase Behavior”, Langmuir, 2010 26(5):3003-3007.


  • M.C. Branco, F. Nettesheim, D.J. Pochan, J.P. Schneider, and N.J. Wagner. “Fast Dynamics of Semiflexible Chain Networks of Self-Assembled Peptides”, Biomacromolecules, 2009 10(6): 1374-1380.
  • S.E. Grieshaber, A.J.E. Farran, S. Lin-Gibson, K.L. Kiick, and X.Q. Jia. “Synthesis and Characterization of Elastin-Mimetic Hybrid Polymers with Multiblock, Alternating Molecular Architecture and Elastomeric Properties”, Macromolecules, 2009 42(7): 2532-2541.
  • M.E. Helgeson, M.D. Reichert, Y.T. Hu, and N.J. Wagner. “Relating shear banding, structure, and phase behavior in wormlike micellar solutions”, Soft Matter, 2009 5(20): 3858-3869.
  • M.E. Helgeson, P.A. Vasquez, E.W. Kaler, and N. J. Wagner. “Rheology and spatially resolved structure of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide wormlike micelles through the shear banding transition”, Journal of Rheology, 2009 53(3): 727-756.
  • R.A. Hule, R.P. Nagarkar, B. Hammouda, J.P. Schneider, and D.J. Pochan. “Dependence of Self-Assembled Peptide Hydrogel Network Structure on Local Fibril Nanostructure”, Macromolecules, 2009 42(18): 7137-7145.
  • A.K. Jha, R.A. Hule, T. Jiao, S.S. Teller, R.J. Clifton, R.L. Duncan, D.J. Pochan, and X.Q. Jia. “Structural Analysis and Mechanical Characterization of Hyaluronic Acid-Based Doubly Cross-Linked Networks”, Macromolecules, 2009 42(2): 537-546.
  • X.Q. Jia, and K.L. Kiick. “Hybrid Multicomponent Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering”, Macromolecular Bioscience, 2009 9(2): 140-156.
  • D.P. Kalman, and N. J. Wagner. “Microstructure of shear-thickening concentrated suspensions determined by flow-USANS”, Rheologica Acta, 2009 48(8): 897-908.
  • M.W. Liberatore, F. Nettesheim, P.A. Vasquez, M.E. Helgeson, N.J. Wagner, E.W. Kaler, L.P. Cook, L. Porcar, and Y.T. Hu. “Microstructure and shear rheology of entangled wormlike micelles in solution”, Journal of Rheology, 2009 53(2): 441-458.
  • S. Liu, R. Maheshwari, and K. L. Kiick. “Polymer-Based Therapeutics”, Macromolecules, 2009 42(1): 3-13.
  • N. Singh, M.S. Tureau, and T. H. Epps. “Manipulating ordering transitions in interfacially modified block copolymers”, Soft Matter, 2009 5(23): 4757-4762.
  • S. Xiang, W. Zhou, J.M. Gallegos, Y. Liu, and B. Chen. “Exceptionally High Acetylene Uptake in a Microporous Metal-Organic Framework with Open Metal Sites”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2009 131(34): 12415-12419.


  • N.D. Hould, and R. F. Lobo. “Nanoparticle precursors and phase selectivity in hydrothermal synthesis of zeolite beta”, Chemistry of Materials, 2008 20(18): 5807-5815.
  • R.A. Hule, R.P. Nagarkar, A. Altunbas, H.R. Ramay, M.C. Branco, J.P. Schneider, and D.J. Pochan. “Correlations between structure, material properties and bioproperties in self-assembled beta-hairpin peptide hydrogels”, Faraday Discussions, 2008 139: 251-264.
  • Y. Liu, H. Kabbour, C.M. Brown, D.A. Neumann and C.C. Ahn. “Increasing the Density of Adsorbed Hydrogen with Coordinatively Unsaturated Metal Centers in Metal-Organic Frameworks”, Langmuir, 2008 24(9): 4772-4777.
  • Y. Liu, J. Her, A. Dailly, A.J. Ramirez-Cuesta, D.A. Neumann and C.M. Brown. “Reversible Structural Transition in MIL-53 with Large Temperature Hysteresis”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2008 130(35):11813-11818.
  • F. Nettesheim, M.W. Liberatore, T.K. Hodgdon, N.J. Wagner, E.W. Kaler, and M. Vethamuthu. “Influence of nanoparticle addition on the properties of wormlike micellar solutions”, Langmuir, 2008 24(15): 7718-7726.
  • M.M. Sullivan, P.A. Puolakkainen, T.H. Barker, S.E. Funk, and E.H. Sage. “Altered tissue repair in hevin-null mice: Inhibition of fibroblast migration by a matricellular SPARC homolog.” Wound Repair and Regeneration, 2008 16(2): 310-319.<

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