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Scholarly Interest Report
Ned Thomas
Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering; Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; and Chemistry
  • Ph.D. Materials Science (1974) Cornell University
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science (1969) University of Massachusetts, MA
Primary Department
   Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering
Department Affiliations
  • Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering
     Thomas Research Group
     Thomas Research Group
    Research Areas
      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
     Refereed articles

    Xue, S., Fan, Z., Lawal, O., Thevamaran, R., Li, Q., Liu, Y., Yu, K., Wang, J., Thomas, E.L., Wang, H., and Zhang, X "High Velocity Projectile Impact Induced 9R Phase in Ultra-fine Grained Aluminum." Nature Comm., 8: 1-9.


    Hsu, C-H., K. Yue, J. Wang, Dong, Xia, X-H. Yanfeng, Z. Jiang, Thomas, E. L., Cheng, S. J. "Thickness-Dependent Order-to-Order Transitions of Bolaform-Like Giant Surfactant in Thin Films." Macromolecules, 50: 7282-7290.


    Kang, H., Lee, J., Cho, S., Park, T., Kim, M., Prk, C., Lee, S., Kim, K., Ryu, D., Huh, J., Thomas, E.L., Park, C.M. "Printable and Full Block Copolymer Structural Color." Adv. Mats, 29


    Kaur, M., Yun, T.G., Han, S.M., Thomas, E. L., and Kim, W.S. "3D Printed Stretch-dominated Microtrusses."  J. Materials and Design, 134: 272-280.


    Malak, S., Liang, G-Q., Thevamaran, R., Yoon, Y., Smith, M., Jung, J., Lin, C., Lin, Z., Thomas, E.L., Tsukruk, V. "High Resolution Quantum Dot Photopatterning via Interference Lithography Assisted Microstamping." J. Phys. Chem. , 121: 13370-13380.


    Thevamaran, R., Pathak, S., Yazdi, S., Jeon, SJ, Lawal, O., Mara, N., and Thomas, E.L "Size Effects in Single-Crystal Metallic Micro- and Nanocubes." Micro and Nanomechanics, 5: 47-49.


    Thomas, E.L. "Nanoscale 3D Ordered Polymer Networks." Science China Chemistry: 1-8.


    Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Thomas, Edwin L. "Materials Research at Rice University." Advanced Materials, 24, (36) (2012) : 4780 4781.


    Ho, Rong-Ming, Li, Ming-Chia, Lin, Shih-Chieh, Wang, Hsiao-Fang, Lee, Yu-Der, Hasegawa, Hirokazu, Thomas, Edwin L. "Transfer of Chirality from Molecule to Phase in Self-Assembled Chiral Block Copolymers." Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134 (26) (2012) : 10974 10986.


    Jia, Lin, Bita, Ion, Thomas, E.L. "Level Set Photonic Quasicrystals with Phase Parameters." Advanced Functional Materials, 22 (6) (2012) : 1150 1157.


    Koh, C.Y., Thomas, E.L. "Generalized Phononic Networks: Controlling Complexity through Simplicity."  (February, 2012) Submitted


    Koh, H., Thomas, E.L. "Nonsymmorphic Phononic Metamaterials with Multiple Complete Spectral Gaps."  (March 2012) Submitted


    Lee, J-H., Wang, L., Boyce, M., Thomas, E.L. "Periodic bicontinuous composites for high specific energy absorption." Nano Letters, 12 (8) (2012) : 4392 4396.


    Lee, Jae-Hwang, Veysset, David, Singer, Jonathon P., Retsch, Markus, Saini, Gagan, Pezeril, Thomas, Nelson, Keith A., Thomas, Edwin L. "High Strain Rate Deformation of Layered Nanocomposites." Nature Communications (2012)


    Lee, Jae-Hwang; Singer, Jonathon P.; Thomas, Edwin L. "Micro-/Nanostructured Mechanical Metamaterials." Advanced Materials, 24 (36) (2012) : 4782 4810.


    Park, Woon Ik; Jeong, Jae Won; Kim, Kyungho; Hur, Yoon Hyung; Kim, Jong Min; Thomas, Edwin; Jung Yeon-Sik "Unusual Binary Superlattice Nanostructures from Self-assembled Block Copolymer Blends." Nano Letters (November, 2012) Submitted


    Shaw, L.L., Thomas, E.L. "Porous Gadolinia-Doped Ceria with Adjustable Pore Sizes using PI-b-PEO Copolymer as the Structure-Directing Agent." Journal of Sol-Gel Science & Technology (February, 2012) In Press


    Shen, C., Shaw, L.L., Zhang, L.C., Thomas, E.L. "Porous Gadolinia-Doped Ceria with Adjustable Pore Sizes using PI-b-PEO Copolymer as the Structure-Directing Agent." Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, 63 (1) (2012) : 72 84.


    Singer, J., Lee, J-H., Kooi, S.E., Thomas, E.L. "Rapid Fabrication of 3D terahertz split ring resonator arrays by novel single-shot direct write focused proximity field nanopatterning." , 20 (10) (2012) : 11097 11108.


    Thomas, Edwin; Lim, Ho Sun; Lee, Jae Hwang; Walish, Joseph "Dynamic Swelling of Tunable Full-Color Block Copolymer Photonic Gels via Clicking Counterions." ACS Nano, 6 (2012) : 8933.


    Walish, J.J., Fan, Y., Centrone, A., Thomas, E.L. "Controlling Thermochromism in a Photonic Block Copolymer." , 33 (18), (2012) : 1504 1509.


    Yin, J., Retsch, M., Thomas, E.L., Boyce, M. "Collective Mechanical Behavior of Multilayer Colloidal Arrays of Hollow Nanoparticles." Langmuir, 28 (13) (2012) : 5580-5588.


    Chan, E.P., Walish, J.J., Thomas, E.L., Stafford, C.M., “Block Copolymer Photonic Gel for Mechanochromic Sensing,” Advanced Materials 23,(40), 4702 (2011)


    Jeong, K.-U., Jang, J.-H., Jin, K.-Y., Kim, Y.-J., Nah, C., Lee, J.H., Lee, M.-H., Wang, C.-L., Cheng, S.Z.D., Thomas, E.L., “Three-dimensional actuators transformed from programmed two-dimensional structures via bending, twisting, and folding mechanisms,” Journal of Materials Chemistry, 21 (19), 6824-6830 (2011).


    Jia, L., Thomas, E.L., “Initiation of a Database of Functional Micro- and Nano-Structures,” Small, 7, 2981-2989 (2011).


    Jia, L., Thomas, E.L., “Impact of geometry on the TM photonic band gaps of photonic crystals and quasicrystals,” Physical Review Letters, 107 (19), 193901 (2011).


    Jia, L., Thomas, E.L., “Two-pattern compound photonic crystals with a large complete photonic band gap,” Physical Review A, 84 (3), 033810 (2011).


    Jia, Lin, Bita, Ion, Thomas, Edwin L., “Photonic density of states of two-dimensional quasicrystalline photonic structures,” Physical Review A, 84 (2),023831 (2011)


    Jia, Lin, Thomas, Edwin L., “Optical forces and optical torques on various materials arising from optical lattices in the Lorenz-Mie regime,” Physical Review B, 84 (12), 125128/1 – 125128/9 (2011).


    Retsch, M., Schmelzeisen, M., Butt, H-J., Thomas, E.L., “Visible Mie Scattering in Nonabsorbing Hollow Sphere Powders,” NanoLetters, 11 (3), 1389-1394 (2011).


    Singer, J., Kooi, S., Thomas, E.L., “Focused Laser Spike (FLaSk) Annealing of Photoactivated Chemically Amplified Resists for Rapid Hierarchical Patterning,” Nanoscale, 3 (7), 2730-2738 (2011).


    Stewart-Sloan, C.R., Thomas, E.L., “Interplay of Symmetries of Block Polymers and Confining Geometries,” European Polymer Journal, 47 (4), 630-646 (2011).


    Thomas, Edwin L., Jia, Lin, “Theoretical study on Photonic devices based on a commensurate two-pattern photonic crystal,” Optics Letters, 36 (17), 3416 – 3418 (2011).


    Traum, M.J., Thomas, E.L., Peters, W.A., “Effects of Nano to Micropore Diameter on Water Vapor Transport Diffusivities with Porous Polycarbonate Barriers,” Nanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering,” 15 (2), 123 – 131 (2011).


    Wang, L., Lau, J., Thomas, E.L., Boyce, M.C., “Co-Continuous Composite Materials for Stiffness, Strength and Energy Dissipation,” Advanced Materials, 23 (13), 1524-1529 (2011).


    Xiong, H., Chen, C-K., Lee, K., Van Horn, R.M., Liu, Z., Ren, B., Quirk, R.P., Thomas, E.L., Lotz, B., Ho, R-M., Zhang, W-B., Cheng, S.Z.D., “Scrolled Polymer Single Crystals Driven by Unbalanced Surface Stresses: Rational Design and Experimental Evidence,” Macromolecules, 44 (19), 7758 – 7766 (2011).


    Yin, Jie, Retsch, Markus, Lee, Jae-Hwang, Thomas, Edwin L., Boyce, Mary C., “Mechanics of nanoindentation on a monolayer of colloidal hollow nanoparticle” Langmuir, 27 (17), 10492-10500 (2011).


    Zhang, G., Singer, J.P., Kooi, S.E., Evans, R.E., Thomas, E.L., Fraser, C.L., “­­­­­­Reversible Solid-State Mechanochromic Fluorescence from a Boron Lipid Dye,” Journal of Materials Chemistry, 21 (23), 8295-8299 (2011).

     Invited Talks

    Tang Lecture, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2011)


    Russell Berrie Lecturer, Technion, Israel (2011)


    Bonn Von Humboldt Awardee, Bonn Germany (2011)


    Herron Lecture, Florida State University (2011)

    Editorial Positions
     Member of the Editorial Board, NanoLetters. (2006 - 2015)

     Series Editor, NanoLetters. NanoLetters. (2006 - 2017)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Olawale Lawal, Phd NA. (2017) (Thesis Director)

    Positions Held
     Professor, Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, 2011- Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Dept of Chemistry, Rice University. (2011 - 2015)

     William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering , Rice University. (2011 - 2015)