• Linda & Ralph Schmidt '68 Professor
Jaime Grunlan

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2001
  • B.S., North Dakota State University, 1997

Research Interests

  • Broadly speaking, our research is focused on polymer nanocomposites with transport properties that rival metals and ceramics, while maintaining beneficial polymer mechanical behavior.  We are particularly interested in the development of multifunctional surfaces (e.g. flame retardant, gas barrier, antimicrobial, etc.) prepared using water-based nanocoating technologies.  Additionally, we are developing fully organic thermoelectric materials that can efficiently convert waste heat to useful voltage.

Awards & Honors

  • Doctor honoris causa, University of South Brittany, France (2018)
  • ASME Fellow (2018)
  • Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Senior Faculty Fellow, 2016
  • Linda & Ralph Schmidt ’68 Professorship, 2015 – present
  • Dean of Engineering Excellence Award, 2015
  • E. D. Brockett Professorship, 2013
  • L.E. Scriven Young Investigator Award (sponsored by ISCST), 2012
  • Gulf Oil/Thomas A. Dietz Development Professor I, 2011 – 2014
  • Carl Dahlquist Award, 2010
  • Dow Young Faculty Award, 2009
  • TEES Select Young Faculty, 2007
  • NSF CAREER, 2007-2012
  • 3M Untenured Faculty Grant, 2007-2010

Selected Publications

  • S. Qin, M. Ghanad Pour, S. Lazar, O. Koklukaya, J. Gerringer, Y. Song, L. Wagberg, J. C. Grunlan, “Super gas barrier and fire resistance of nanoplatelet/nanofibril multilayer thin films,” Advanced Materials Interfaces 2019, 6, 1801424 (front cover article).
  • Y. Song, S. Qin, J. Gerringer, J. C. Grunlan, “Unusually fast and large actuation from multilayer polyelectrolyte thin films,” Soft Matter 2019, 15, 2311 (front cover article).
  • J. L. Blackburn, A. J. Ferguson, C. Cho, J. C. Grunlan, “Carbon nanotube-based thermoelectric materials and devices,” Advanced Materials 2018, 30, 1704386 (front cover article).
  • S. Lazar, F. Carosio, A.-L. Davesne, M. Jimenez, S. Bourbigot, J. C. Grunlan, “Extreme heat shielding of clay/chitosan nanobrick walls on flexible foam,” ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 2018, 10, 31686.
  • R. J. Smith, M. G. Moule, P. Sule, T. Smith, J. D. Cirillo, J. C. Grunlan, “Polyelectrolyte multilayer nanocoating dramatically reduces bacterial adhesion to polyester fabric,” ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering 2017, 3, 1845.
  • M. Haile, C. B. Sweeney, B. Lackey, O. Sarwar, R. Henderson, M. A. Saed, M. J. Green, J. C. Grunlan, “Ultrafast and highly localized microwave heating in carbon nanotube multilayer thin films,” Advanced Materials Interfaces 2017, 4, 1700371.
  • S. Qin, Y. Song, M. E. Floto, J. C. Grunlan, “Combined high stretchability and gas barrier in hydrogen-bonded multilayer nanobrick wall thin films,” ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 2017, 9, 7903.