Dr. Mark D. Foster

Dr. Mark D. Foster

Title: Thomas A. Knowles Professor
Dept/Program: School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
Office: GDYR 1007
Phone: 330-972-5323
Fax: 330-972-5290
Email: mdf1@uakron.edu
Website: http://www.uakron.edu/polymer/researchgroup/foster/


Structure and dynamics of polymer systems, especially in thin films and at interfaces; Surface segregation in polymer blends; Effect of polymer architecture on blend thermodynamics and and the surface fluctuations that impact wetting, adhesion, and tribology. Water at interfaces and its role in corrosion. Novel X-ray and neutron reflection and grazing incidence scattering techniques; scanning probe microscopies, and other techniques for surface characterization.


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  • Design of Interfacial Crowding for Elastomeric Reinforcement with Nanocrystals
    3 Mar 2021 ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 13(8):10349-10358
    Srivastava A, Zhao Y, Meyerhofer J, Jia L, Foster MD
  • Influence of Silane Coupling Agents on Filler Network Structure and Stress-Induced Particle Rearrangement in Elastomer Nanocomposites.
    21 Oct 2020 ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 12(42):47891-47901
    Presto D, Meyerhofer J, Kippenbrock G, Narayanan S, Ilavsky J, Moctezuma S, Sutton M, Foster MD
  • Thin Plasma-Polymerized Coatings as a Primer with Polyurethane Topcoat for Improved Corrosion Resistance.
    4 Feb 2020 Langmuir 36(4):837-843
    Zhou Y, Rossi B, Zhou Q, Hihara L, Dhinojwala A, Foster MD
  • Proximity to Graphene Dramatically Alters Polymer Dynamics
    23 Jul 2019 Macromolecules 52(14):5074-5085
    Yang F, Presto D, Pan Y, Liu K, Zhou L, Narayanan S, Zhu Y, Peng Z, Soucek MD, Tsige M, Foster MD
  • Following the Morphological Disruption by an Electrolyte of a Buried Interface.
    23 Jan 2019 ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 11(3):3555-3564
    Yang F, Jiang Z, He Q, Zhang Z, Zhou Y, Karapetrova E, Soucek MD, Foster MD
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Well-Defined, Tadpole-Shaped Polystyrene with a Single Atom Junction Point
    11 Dec 2018 Macromolecules 51(23):9509-9518
    Zhang F, Quirk RP, Gerislioglu S, Wesdemiotis C, Bekele S, Tsige M, Koh YP, Simon SL, Foster MD
  • Surface Layer Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Mass Spectrometry Imaging: A Surface Imaging Technique for the Molecular-Level Analysis of Synthetic Material Surfaces.
    20 Nov 2018 Analytical Chemistry 90(22):13427-13433
    Endres KJ, Hill JA, Lu K, Foster MD, Wesdemiotis C
  • In Situ Nanoscale Characterization of Water Penetration through Plasma Polymerized Coatings.
    21 Aug 2018 Langmuir 34(33):9634-9644
    Zhou Y, Josey B, Anim-Danso E, Maranville B, Karapetrova J, Jiang Z, Zhou QDhinojwala A, Foster MD
  • Anomalous Confinement Slows Surface Fluctuations of Star Polymer Melt Films
    17 Jul 2018 ACS Macro Letters 7(7):834-839
    Zhang F, He Q, Zhou Y, Narayanan S, Wang C, Vogt BD, Foster MD
  • Subtle End Group Functionalization of Polymer Chains Drives Surface Depletion of Entire Polymer Chains
    17 Jul 2018 ACS Macro Letters 7(7):795-800
    Hill JA, Endres KJ, Meyerhofer J, He Q, Wesdemiotis C, Foster MD
  • Detection of Surface Enrichment Driven by Molecular Weight Disparity in Virtually Monodisperse Polymers
    17 Apr 2018 ACS Macro Letters 7(4):487-492
    Hill JA, Endres KJ, Mahmoudi P, Matsen MW, Wesdemiotis C, Foster MD


  • 1987 Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota
  • 1981 B.S., Chemical Engineering, Washington University