Michelle Calabrese wins NSF CAREER Award
Assistant Professor Michelle Calabrese has been selected for a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support her project “Beyond alignment: novel mechanisms for controlling block copolymer phase behavior using magnetic fields.” This prestigious award provides support for junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
The grant will support Calabrese’s work on developing ordered block copolymer materials using external fields. The proposed research aims to determine the mechanisms underlying newly-discovered magnetic field-induced phase formation in diamagnetic polymer solutions that cannot be explained by traditional mechanisms of domain alignment, which will then be employed to design new polymeric materials with superior properties. Through the proposed integrated research and education activities, Calabrese and her team will employ digital tools, inclusive teaching and lab practices, and lab tours with hands-on demos for students at the high school through graduate levels, with a particular focus on engaging women and students from communities of color.