Research Interests

My research focuses around two central tenets: the characterization and design of novel soft materials via advanced rheological and neutron scattering techniques, and the development of new scattering sample environments, techniques and analysis methods for use within the broader scientific community. The design of soft materials with optimal structure and flow properties is critical in applications ranging from polymer processing to drug delivery, where materials undergo nonlinear deformations during processing, transport and use. Rheology and neutron scattering provide a platform to develop ‘structure-property’ relationships in flowing materials, where our specific research interests include applications in medicine, energy, and consumer products. After assessing factors affecting flow stability and material performance, we then use this insight to design and develop more robust, stable soft materials. In conjunction, frequent work at both national and international scattering facilities including NIST (Gaithersburg, MD) and ILL (Grenoble, France) allows for the development new techniques and flow-small angle scattering sample environments to reproduce realistic flows for these applications.


  • American Physical Society UKPPG/DPOLY Polymer Lecture Exchange (2023)
  • American Chemical Society PMSE Early Investigator Honoree (2023)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2021)
  • 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award (2021)
  • NIH Early Career R21 (2021)
  • Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) Visiting Scientist Grant (2016, 2017)
  • Robert L. Pigford Teaching Assistant Award (2015)
  • American Physical Society Award for Excellence in Graduate Research (2015)

Selected Publications

  • C.A.P. Neal, G. V. Kresge, M.C. Quan, V. León, N.O. Chibambo, M.A. Calabrese, "Effect of nanoparticle loading and magnetic field application on the thermodynamic, optical, and rheological behavior of thermoresponsive polymer solutions," J. Vinyl Addit. Technol. (2022). https://doi.org/10.1002/vnl.21968
  • C.A.P. Neal, V. León, M.C. Quan, N.O. Chibambo, M.A. Calabrese, "Tuning the thermodynamic, optical, and rheological properties of thermoresponsive polymer solutions via silica nanoparticle shape and concentration," J. Colloid Interface Sci. (2022). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcis.2022.08.139
  • K.T. Lauser, A.L. Rueter, M.A. Calabrese. "Polysorbate identity and quantity dictate the extensional flow properties of protein-excipient solutions," AIChE J. (2022). https://doi.org/10.1002/aic.17850
  • J.D. Linn, L. Liberman, C.A.P. Neal, M.A. Calabrese. "Role of chain architecture on the solution phase assembly and thermoreversibility of aqueous PNIPAM/silyl methacrylate copolymers," Polym. Chem.13, 3840-3855 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1039/D2PY00254J
  • D.Y. Zhang and M.A. Calabrese. "Temperature-controlled dripping-onto-substrate (DoS) extensional rheometry of polymer micelle solutions," Soft Matter18, 3993-4008 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1039/D2SM00377
  • B.P. Robertson and M.A. Calabrese. "Evaporation-controlled dripping-onto-substrate (DoS) extensional rheology of viscoelastic polymer solutions," Sci. Rep. 12, 4697 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-08448-x
  • J.M. White and M.A. Calabrese. "Impact of small molecule and reverse poloxamer addition on the micellization and gelation mechanisms of poloxamer hydrogels," Colloids Surf. A Physicochem. Eng. Asp. (2022), 638, 128246. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfa.2021.128246
  • K.T. Lauser, A.L. Rueter, M.A. Calabrese. "Small-volume extensional rheology of concentrated protein and protein-excipient solutions," Soft Matter (2021), 17, 9624-9635. https://doi.org/10.1039/D1SM01253C
  • P.J. McCauley, S. Kumar, M.A. Calabrese. "Criteria governing rod formation and growth in nonionic polymer micelles," Langmuir (2021), 37, 11676-11687. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.1c01570
  • M.A. Calabrese, W.Y. Chan, S.H.M. Av-Ron, B.D. Olsen. "Development of a Rubber Recycling Process Based on a Single-Component Interfacial Adhesive," ACS Appl. Polym. Mater., (2021), 3, 10, 4849-4860. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsapm.0c01343
Michelle Calabrese in Lab

Email: mcalab@umn.edu

Phone: 612/625-2551

Office: 306 Amundson Hall

Research Group

Support Michelle Calabrese's Research

  • B.S., Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2012
  • Ph.D., Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware, 2017
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017-2019