Darrin J. Pochan
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Delaware
201 DuPont Hall
Newark, DE 19716-3106
Phone: (302) 831-3569
Fax: (302) 831-4545
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Ph.D., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1997
M.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1995
B.S., Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992
Dr. Pochan is exploring vesicle, micelle and hydrogel formation in dilute aqueous systems of block polypeptides. This work is coupled with solid-state block polypeptide characterization and block polypeptide-protein blend morphology studies to establish the self-assembly rules for these novel synthetic materials. In addition, he is studying the self-assembly of unique polymeric and organic-inorganic hybrid materials in bulk and for pattern formations in thin films. Other research interests focus on novel bulk structure and pattern formation via competing phase transitions in hybrid dentritic/linear polymer materials. Experimental techniques frequently used include small and wide angle x-ray and neutron scattering, transmission and scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy.
Dr. Pochan completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the National Research Council from 1997-99. He has published a number of articles in scientific journals, including Macromolecules.