Thomas E. Gartner III is an Assistant Professor with the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He joined Lehigh in August 2023.
The Gartner group is developing advanced computational approaches to understand and predict the properties of polymers and soft materials for energy, sustainability, and technology applications. The group uses machine learning-enabled computational tools to uncover the chemical and physical driving forces underlying thermodynamics, transport, and assembly in fluids and functional soft matter.
Current research interests include:
  • Polymer sustainability, polymer degradation, polymer recycling & upcycling
  • Polymer physics, solution processing of polymers, polymer architecture effects
  • Polymer- and nanoparticle-based electrical & optical nanomaterials
  • Liquid state theory, molecular simulations, and statistical mechanics
  • Developing machine learning interaction potentials to predict the properties and phase behavior of fluids and materials

Gartner was previously an Assistant Professor in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His computational and experimental research experience spans polymer physics, bio-inspired nanomaterials assembly, water phase behavior, computational method development, and semiconductor manufacturing

He earned his B.S. with Honors from the University of California, Berkeley and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware, both in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

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Thomas E. Gartner III
Assistant Professor
Packer Campus
Whitaker Laboratory, Room 562


Ph.D., Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware, 2019
B.S., Honors in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2011