Davis Research Group – February 2024
Front Row (from Left to Right): Elsa Saine, Keturah Bethel, Colleen Clarke, Zhongyu Wang (MS, May 2024)
Back Row (from Left to Right): Missoury Wolff, Prof. Eric Davis, Xueting Wang (PhD, May 2024)

*Not pictured: Dr. Ryan Moxon (PhD Student); Aiswarya Mechoor (MS, May 2024); Annie Buck (UG Researcher)

The Davis research group looks at the fundamental relationship between polymer structure, transport phenomena, and polymer physics. Our current research focuses on the development of structure-processing-property relationships of polymer membranes for energy storage and delivery applications including fuel cells and redox flow batteries, as well as membranes for water desalination, aqueous separations, and moisture barrier applications. In these efforts, we utilize a variety of spectroscopic and scattering techniques, as well as poromechanics for characterizing both structure and transport of advanced functional polymers. Through the use of these powerful characterization techniques and analyses, we hope to shed light on polymer physics phenomena, as well as aid in the development of next-generation polymer membranes for a number of real-world applications.

“And every razor and mouth would stop its dissembling business. And Time would sit down in the barber’s chair and tell Memory poised with its scissors in hand not to cut it too short, just take a little off the ends.” -Angela Jackson, from Choosing the Blues