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Biography

Edward T. Samulski

Cary C. Boshamer Professor
Ph.D., Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1967-70

University of North Carolina

Department:    Chemistry
E-mail:   et@unc.edu
Home Page:     http://www.chem.unc.edu/people/faculty/samulskiet/etsindex.html
Phone:   (919) 962-1561
Fax:   (919) 962-7267


Research Statement
Professor Samulski's research interests center on the physical chemistry of macromolecules, especially relating molecular structure and dynamics in low molar mass liquid crystals to the solid state and mesophase properties of polymers. The powerful deuterium NMR technique was extended by Samulski to probe the subtle orientational biasing that is generated when an elastomer is deformed. Extensions to fluid polymers under shear has resulted in new methodology he calls RheoNMR. Lastly he has embarked on studies of supercritical CO2 solutions showing with fluorine NMR that specific interactions between fluorine and CO2 account for the solubility of fluoropolymers in this unusual solvent.


Education
1967-70 Ph.D., Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
1965-67 M.S., Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
1961-65 B.S., Textile Chemistry, Clemson University, Clemson, SC


Positions
1995-00 Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina
1988- Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina
1985-86 Sci. & Engr. Res. Council Sr. Visiting Fellow, Cavendish Lab, Cambridge University
1981-88 Professor, University of Connecticut, Storrs
1979 Visiting Professor, Weizmann Institute of Science; Rehovot, Israel
1978 Visiting Professor, Laboratory of Solid State Physics, University of Paris (Sud); Orsay
1975-81 Associate Professor, University of Connecticut, Storrs
1972-75 Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut, Storrs


Selected Honors
1997 Chair, Polymer Gordon Conference, Ventura, California
1995 Simon Guggenheim Fellow (Massey University, New Zealand)
1994 Stone Award of the Carolina Piedmont Section of the AC
1994 Cary C. Boshamer Professor of Chemistry (endowed chair)
1992 Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science
1992 Fellow of the American Physical Society
1985 Founding Editor (with G. R. Luckhurst) of the journal LIQUID CRYSTALS
1978 Chair, Gordon Conference on Liquid Crystals, Santa Barbara, Calif.

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