• Professor, Materials Science & Engineering
  • Erle Nye ’59 Chair II
  • Permanent Member, Hagler Institute for Advanced Study
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering
Edwin L. (Ned) Thomas

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Materials Science with Minors in Materials Engineering and Metallurgical Engineering, Cornell University
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science, University of Massachusetts

Research Interests

    • Polymer Material Physics and Engineering
    • Photonic Crystals, Phononic Crystals, MetaMaterials, Microtrusses and 3D Interference Lithography
    • Ballistic and Blast Behavior of Lightweight Nanocomposites
    • Optical Properties of Block Copolymer Systems
    • Application of Electron, X-Ray Diffraction to Solid State and Materials Characterization Problems

Selected Publications

  • Shan, W., Subramanian, V., Feng, X. and Thomas, E. L., “The nature of crystallographic defects in noncrystalline tubular network block copolymers,” GIANT 17, (2024) doi.org/10.1016/j.giant.2023.100216
  • Xueyan Feng, Michael S. Dimitriyev and Edwin L. Thomas*, “Soft, Malleable Double Diamond Twin,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol 120, id.e2213441120 (2023).
  • Greg Grason and Edwin L. Thomas, “How does your gyroid grow? A mesoatomic perspective on supramolecular, soft matter network crystals,” Physical Review Materials, 7, 045603 (2023).
  • J. Hyon, O. Lawal, R. Thevamaran, Y.E. Song and E. L. Thomas, “Extreme Energy Dissipation via Material Evolution in Carbon Nanotube Mats,” Advanced Science, 2003142 (2021)
  • Feng, X., Burke, C.J., Zhou, M., Guo, H., Yang, K., Reddy, A., Prasad, I., Ho, R-M., Avgeropoulos, A., Grason, G., Thomas, E.L., “Seeing Mesoatomic Distortion in Soft-Matter Crystals of a Double-Gyroid Block Copolymer,” Nature 575, 175-179 (2019).
  • Thevamaran, R., Lawal, O., Yadzi, S., Jeon, S-J., Lee, J-H., Thomas, E.L., “Dynamic Creation and Evolution of Gradient Nanostructures in Single-crystal Metallic Microcubes,” Science 354, 312-316 (2016).