Michael Serpe

Michael Serpe, PhD

Associate Professor




The Serpe Group primarily works with polymer-based materials to solve problems associated with health and the environment. To make progress in these areas, we conduct research that will better our understanding of the fundamental properties of our polymer-based materials, and polymeric materials in general.

The different projects in the group allow the researcher to develop and characterize polymeric materials, use them for a variety of applications, and design/build novel analytical tools for further characterization. Researchers in the lab will be exposed to a comprehensive suite of polymer, surface, and colloid characterization techniques such as (but not limited to): gel permeation chromatography, dynamic and static light scattering, quartz crystal microbalance, ellipsometry, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, contact angle measurements, transmission and scanning electron microscopy, optical and fluorescence microscopy, atomic force microscopy for imaging and force spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible light reflectance spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared reflectance spectroscopy, and surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy. All characterization tools are readily available to the researcher directly in the lab or on campus. 

Each project offers postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and undergraduate students alike plenty of room to make individual contributions leading to new research directions. The projects are also multidisciplinary, requiring collaborations within the department as well as in various departments across campus. These collaborations will give the researcher a variety of perspectives and expose them to other areas of science leading to a well-rounded knowledge and appreciation of a variety of disciplines. 

Please see the group webpage for more information on the individual projects. Also, please feel free to contact me for more information on any of the projects or to inquire about positions available in the lab.