Plenary Speaker

Karen I. Winey, University of Pennsylvania, USA 


Karen I. Winey  is Professor and TowerBrook Foundation Faculty  Fellow of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania  with a secondary appointment in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.  Prof. Winey characterizes and manipulates  nanoscale morphologies in various ionomers and associating polymers to discover  materials with advanced mechanical and transport properties.  In particular, she has quantitatively  reconciled scattering, imaging and spectroscopic data to describe the morphologies  in styrene-based ionomers and discovered new morphologies in several  acid-containing precise polyethylenes.  Winey  also designs and fabricates polymer nanocomposites to understand and improve  their mechanical, thermal, and especially electrical properties, which includes  a novel method for extracting the contact resistance in nanowire-based  transparent conductors.  Polymer diffusion  in the presence of nanoparticles and other types of nanoconfinement is a newer area  of interest.  In both areas, she couples  experimental studies with simulation and theory, either within her group or  with collaborators. Winey received her B.S. from Cornell University in  materials science and engineering and her Ph.D. in polymer science and  engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with Ned Thomas as  her thesis advisor.  Following a postdoctoral position at AT&T Bell  Laboratories with Ron Larson, she joined the faculty of the University of  Pennsylvania in 1992.  Elected positions  include chair of the Polymer Physics Gordon Research Conference (2010) and  Chair of the Division of Polymer Physics within the American Physical Society  (2013).  Winey also served as an  Associate Editor for Macromolecules for four years (2010-14).  Her honors include Fellow of the American  Physical Society (2003), Special Creativity Award from the National Science  Foundation (2009-2011), George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in  Research (2012), Fellow of the Materials Research Society (2013), Visiting  Miller Research Professor at the University of California, Berkeley (2014), and  Fellow of the PMSE Division within the American Chemical Society (2016).  Starting in July 2016, Winey was appointed as  the departmental chair of Materials Science and Engineering.