CSP seed investigator Michelle Calabrese won the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation Division of Materials Research. The award provides funding for teacher-scholars whose outstanding research and education support the mission of their organizations.
Calabrese’s project “Beyond alignment: novel mechanisms for controlling block copolymer phase behavior using magnetic fields” aims to uncover new mechanisms underlying creation of block copolymer (BCP) structures to develop new BCP materials with tunable properties. The central hypothesis posits that low intensity magnetic fields promote phase transitions primarily by altering the structure and mobility of both polymer and solvent. The understanding from this research will be used to develop guidelines for selecting solvents, BCP architectures, and block chemistries that enhance field-responsiveness.