Dr. Christopher Barney

Dr. Christopher Barney

Title: Assistant Professor
Dept/Program: School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
Phone: 330-972-4297
Email: barneyc@uakron.edu


Chris performed his graduate studies in the lab of Professor Alfred J. Crosby at UMass Amherst. His PhD focused on the cavitation and fracture behavior of soft gels and elastomers and was completed in June of 2020. Chris then moved on to the University of California, Santa Barbara to perform postdoctoral research in the labs of Professor Matthew E. Helgeson and Professor Megan T. Valentine. During this time, he worked on developing puncture and radially confined compression testing methods as well as probing the mechanics of designer materials such as elastomers crosslinked with iron-catechol complexes, mechanochemically active Diels-Alder crosslinked hydrogels, and composite hydrogels patterned through the thermogelation of oil in water nanoemulsions.


  • Ph.D., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • B.Sc., Materials Science and Engineering, Purdue University