Please join the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE) in welcoming their newest faculty member Thomas Gartner who will begin his Lehigh chapter in August 2023 as an Assistant Professor.
Gartner was previously an Assistant Professor in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. 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. His computational and experimental research experience spans polymer physics, bio-inspired nanomaterials assembly, water phase behavior, computational method development, and semiconductor manufacturing. 
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.
His 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