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Adam Nolte

Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Associate Professor with tenure
Dr. Adam Nolte’s areas of expertise include materials science and engineering, polymers, soft matter, thin films and responsive materials. He is involved in a research project exploring the processing of ultrathin polymer coatings. Dr. Nolte also is working with a multidisciplinary team of students on a two-year National Science Foundation-sponsored research project to develop new early breast cancer detection techniques. He previously worked for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Tyco Healthcare/Mallinckrodt, and GlaxoSmithKline, and received a National Research Center postdoctoral fellowship.

Teaching Interests

  • Thermodynamics
  • Transport phenomena
  • Materials science and nanomaterials
  • Safety, health and loss prevention

Research Experiences

  • Polymer thin films and interfaces
  • Layer-by-layer assembly
  • Adhesion at complex interfaces
  • Optical and mechanical properties of nanostructured films

Publications & Presentations

  • Cook, K. T., Tettey, K. E., Bunch, R. M., Lee, D., and Nolte, A. J., “One-Step Index-Tunable Antireflection Coatings from Aggregated Silica Nanoparticles,” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 4, American Chemical Society,  6,426-6,431, 2012
  • Prosser, J. H., Brugarolas, T., Lee, S., Nolte, A.J., and Lee, D., “Avoiding Cracks in Nanoparticle Films,” Nano Letters 12, 5,287-5,291, 2012
  • Holder, K. M., Priolo, M. A., Secrist, K. E., Greenlee, S. M., Nolte, A. J., and Grunlan, J. C., “Humidity-Responsive Gas Barrier of Hydrogen-Bonded Polymer-Clay Multilayer Thin Films,” Journal of Physical Chemistry C 116, 19,851-19,856, 2012
  • Elban, W. L., Howarter, J. A., Richardson, M. C., Stutzman, P. E., Forster, A. M., Nolte, A. J., and Holmes, G. A., “Influence of Solvent Washing on Interlayer Structure of Alkylammonium Montmorillonites,” Applied Clay Science 61, 29-36, 2012
  • Secrist, K. E. and Nolte, A. J., “Humidity Swelling/Deswelling Hysteresis in a Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Film,” Macromolecules 44, 2,859-2,865, 2011

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007
  • BS, University of Missouri-Rolla, 2001