AMY PETERSON - UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL

Dr. Amy Peterson is an Associate Professor in Plastics Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She received her PhD and BS in chemical engineering from Drexel University. Dr. Peterson did a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, and was a faculty member at WPI. Dr. Peterson has published in Langmuir, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Journal of Polymer Science, ACS, and many other refereed journals. She has 7 patents/patent applications in areas related to additive manufacturing, interfaces, and composites. She has received both federal (e.g., NSF, ONR) and industry-partner research funding. Her research group studies processing-structure-property relationships in polymers and polymer composites, with a focus on interfacial phenomena in layer-by-layer systems (polyelectrolyte and additive manufacturing). She has studied both fundamental aspects of polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) and their application, including biomedical and bioengineering. An example is the role of assembly conditions on surface properties and growth factor release as well as inkjet printing of PEMs for point-of-care antibiotic-releasing bandage assembly. In the area of additive manufacturing, her group has been studying the effect of assembly conditions on resulting physical and mechanical properties using both experimental and computational techniques. She is interested in tailoring properties and in understanding the relationships between interlayer polymer diffusion, interlayer adhesion, and residual thermal stress.