Dr.   David     Simmons

Dr. David Simmons

Assistant Professor
Department of Polymer Engineering
Phone: 330-972-6675
Email: dsimmon@uakron.edu

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  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (2009)
  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Florida (2005)

Professional and Academic Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Polymer Engineering, University of Akron, Akron, OH (January 2012 - present)
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate, Polymers Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (2010 - 2011)
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2002 – 2005)
  • Summer Engineering Intern, Innovia, LLC, Miami, FL (2004 & 2005)
  • Summer Engineering Intern, Syntheon, LLC, Miami, FL (2000 & 2001)
  • Intern, University of Miami Cardiovascular Engineering Laboratory, Miami, FL (1998-2000)

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Most outstanding poster in Materials Science, 2011 Sigma Xi NIST poster competition
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2010 – 2011
  • Finalist, Frank J. Padden Jr. Award for Excellence in Polymer Physics Graduate Research (2009)
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention (2005 – 2006)

Research Interests

We are currently seeking highly motivated applicants for a postdoctoral research position in the area of soft matter theory and simulation.

My group employs theory and molecular simulation to advance the rational design of polymers and other advanced soft materials. Our focus is on understanding how to tune molecular packing in order to modify molecular dynamics, mechanical and transport properties, and the glass transition. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Polymers for use in organic photovoltaics
  • Structure and dynamics of lipid bilayers
  • Dynamics of confined flowing polymers and soft materials
  • Physics of glass formation

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