Julia A. Kornfield

Professor of Chemical Engineering
B.S., Caltech, 1983; M.S., 1984; Ph.D., Stanford University, 1988. Assistant Professor, Caltech, 1990-95; Associate Professor, 1995-2001; Professor, 2001-.

Assistant: Abigail McCann

The goal of the Kornfield group's research is to understand on a molecular level a broad range of macroscopic properties of polymers. Owing to the tremendous diversity of their physical properties, polymeric materials find applications ranging from the most common to the most exotic products in the forms of fibers, plastics, elastomers, adhesives, and coatings. Inevitably, the final properties of the material depend not only on the chemical constitution of the polymer, but also on its physical structure. In our group we explore general aspects of the latter, relating the macromolecular structure and dynamics to the macroscopic properties.



Selected Awards: 
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2007; Stein-Bayer Seminar, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2006; Thiele Lecture, University of Notre Dame, 2001; Fellow, American Physical Society, 2000; Newcomb Lecture, Tulane University,1999; Colburn Lecture, University of Delaware, 1998; Dillon Medal of the American Physical Society, Division of High Polymer Physics, 1996; American Association of University Women Recognition Award for Emerging Scholars, 1993; Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation, 1990; NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellow, Mainz, Germany, 1989
Professional Societies: 
American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Materials Research Society, Society of Rheology.
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