Dr. Marissa Tousley is the newest member of the department faculty after spending time investigating molecular layer-by-layer polyamide, fabricating materials for size-based membrane separations, and explored nanomaterial-based platforms for biofouling mitigation through reverse osmosis membrane surface modification. She had extensive teaching experiences at Yale University, helped mentor middle- and high-school science students interested in science and engineering, and has judged several science fairs. Dr. Tousley also fabricated a functioning dip-coating robot during a metal machining apprenticeship. She has had industrial experience with SCHOTT and NASA’s Glenn Research Center.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Yale University, 2016
  • MPhil, Yale University, 2014
  • MS, Yale University, 2013
  • BS, Alfred University, 2011

Awards & Honors

  • Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2012-2015

Publications & Presentations

  • Tousley, M. E., Shaffer, D. L., Lee, J. H., Osuji, C. O., and Elimelech, M., “Effect of Terminating Molecule on Molecular Layer-by-Layer Polyamide Surface Properties,” Langmuir, Publication Pending
  • Feng, X., Tousley, M. E., Cowan, M. G., Wiesenauer, B. R., Nejati, S., Choo, Y., Noble, R. D., Elimelech, M, Gin, D. L., and Osuji, C.O., “Scalable Fabrication of Polymer Membranes with Vertically Aligned 1 nm Pores by Magnetic Field Directed Self-Assembly,” American Chemical Society Nano, 8 (12), 11,977-11,968, 2014
  • Tousley, M. E., Feng, X., Elimelech, M., and Osuji, C. O., “Aligned Nanostructured Polymers by Magnetic-Field-Directed Self-Assembly of a Polymerizable Lyotropic Mesophase,” American Chemical Society Applied Materials & Interfaces, 6 (22), 19,710-19,717, 2014
  • Zodrow, K. R., Tousley, M. E., and Elimelech, M., “Mitigating Biofouling on Thin-Film Composite Polyamide Membranes Using a Controlled Release Platform,” Journal of Membrane Science, 453 (1), 84-91, 2014
  • Perreault, F., Tousley, M. E., and Elimelech, M., “Thin-Film Composite Polyamide Membranes Functionalized with Biocidal Graphene Oxide Nanosheets,” Environmental Science & Technology Letters,” 1 (1), 71-76, 2014

Research Experiences

  • Membrane separation processes
  • Membrane materials
  • Liquid crystals

Teaching Interests

  • Materials science and engineering
  • Nanomaterials
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