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Kenneth Shull

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering


2220 Campus Drive
Cook Hall 2036; Office - Cook 2083
Evanston, IL 60208

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Shull Research Group


Materials Science and Engineering

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Ph.D. Materials Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

M.S. Electronic Materials, MIT, Cambridge, MA

B.S. Materials Science, MIT, Cambridge, MA

Research Interests

Our focus is on the properties of polymer surfaces and interfaces, with an emphasis on the adhesion of "soft materials." Examples range from traditional pressure-sensitive adhesives (sticky tape) to highly specialized polymeric gels commonly used in biomedical applications.

There is little understanding of the relationship in these systems between polymer adhesion and the structure of the interface on molecular or submolecular scale. We seek to make this connection through studies of well-characterized model systems synthesized in our own lab and through carefully designed fracture mechanics experiments.

Related problems of interest to us include polymer/inorganic composites and the origins of adhesion and mechanical response in biological systems.

Significant Recognition

  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 2002
  • NSF Young Investigator Award, 1994–99
  • Department Teacher of the Year, 1995
  • McCormick Adviser of the Year, 1998

Selected Publications

  • Marceau Hnot, Alexis Chennevire, Eric Drockenmuller, Kenneth Shull, Liliane Lger, Frdric Restagno, “Influence of grafting on the glass transition temperature of PS thin films”, European Physical Journal E, (2017)
  • Lindsay H. Oakley, Francesca Casadio, Kenneth R. Shull, Linda J. Broadbelt, “Theoretical Study of Epoxidation Reactions Relevant to Hydrocarbon Oxidation”, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, (2017)
  • Kazi Sadman, Qifeng Wang, Shawn H. Chen, David E. Delgado, Kenneth R. Shull, “pH-Controlled Electrochemical Deposition of Polyelectrolyte Complex Films”, Langmuir, (2017)
  • Yaoyao Chen, Kenneth R. Shull, “High-Toughness Polycation Cross-Linked Triblock Copolymer Hydrogels”, Macromolecules, (2017)
  • Ha Kyung Kwon, Victor A. Pryamitsyn, Jos W. Zwanikken, Kenneth R. Shull, Monica Olvera De La Cruz, “Solubility and interfacial segregation of salts in ternary polyelectrolyte blends”, Soft Matter, (2017)
  • Lauren F. Sturdy, Alexander Yee, Francesca Casadio, Kenneth R. Shull, “Quantitative characterization of alkyd cure kinetics with the quartz crystal microbalance”, Polymer, (2016)
  • Noah Metoki, Kazi Sadman, Kenneth Shull, Noam Eliaz, Daniel Mandler, “Electro-Assisted Deposition of Calcium Phosphate on Self-Assembled Monolayers”, Electrochimica Acta, (2016)
  • C. Joshua Yeh, Matt Dowland, Randall G. Schmidt, Kenneth R. Shull, “Fracture and thermal aging of resin-filled silicone elastomers”, Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics, (2016)