Scott Seidel
Scott Seidel, Ph.D.
Associate
Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry
  • Atlanta

Dr. Seidel has extensive experience with polymer characterization, chemical vapor deposition of polymer coatings, porous polymer membranes, and vacuum systems and applies this knowledge to product development, failure analysis, and intellectual property investigations. Dr. Seidel has applied his expertise to projects related to food packaging, rubber recycling, protective coatings, industrial textiles, performance apparel, and consumer goods.

Dr. Seidel is proficient with polymer chemistry, characterization, and testing techniques. He has specific experience with free radical polymerization and surface modification of polymer coatings. He is well versed in a range of characterization techniques including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), dynamic light scattering (DLS), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), contact angle goniometry, and interferometry. He also has utilized dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), rheometry, Instron testing, Izod impact testing, and accelerated aging experimentation to test the mechanical properties of both neat and composite polymer samples. Additionally, Dr. Seidel has experience working in class 100 cleanroom facilities for photolithography with epoxy photoresists and silicone-based soft lithography.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Southern California, 2015
  • B.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2010, summa cum laude

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship

    NSF Engineering Innovation Fellowship

    Viterbi School of Engineering Dean’s Merit Fellowship

Publications

Seidel S, Chu Cheong C, Kwong P, Gupta M. All-dry fabrication of poly(methacrylic acid)-based membranes with controlled dissolution behavior. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering 2015; 300(11):1079–1084.

Kwong P, Seidel S, Gupta M. Effect of transition metal salts on the initiated chemical vapor deposition of polymer thin films. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A 2015; 33(3):031504.

Seidel S, Gupta M. Systematic study of the growth and morphology of vapor deposited porous polymer membranes. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A 2014; 32(4):041514.

Kwong P, Seidel S, Gupta M. Solventless fabrication of porous-on-porous materials. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 2013; 5(19):9714–9718.

Seidel S, Kwong P, Gupta M. Simultaneous polymerization and solid monomer deposition for the fabrication of polymer membranes with dual-scale porosity. Macromolecules 2013; 46 (8):2976–2983.

Chen B, Seidel S, Hori H, Gupta M. Self-assembly of pillars modified with vapor deposited polymer coatings. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 2011; 3(11):4201–4205.

Seidel S, Riche C, Gupta M. Chemical vapor deposition of polymer films. Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Technology, 2011.

Capadona J, Shanmuganathan K, Trittschuh S, Seidel S, Rowan S, Weder C. Polymer nanocomposites with nanowhiskers isolated from microcrystalline cellulose. Biomacromolecules 2009, 10(4):712–716.

Presentations

Seidel S. Functional porous polymer membranes grown by vapor phase polymerization. Oral Presentation, American Chemical Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2014.

Seidel S. Fabrication of functional and responsive porous polymer coatings for microfluidic devices and implants. Poster presentation, Gordon Research Conference on Biointerface Science, Lucca, Italy, 2014.

Seidel S. Porous polymer membranes by simultaneous polymerization and solid monomer deposition. Oral Presentation, American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2013.

Seidel S. Fabrication of porous polymers via vapor phase polymerization. Oral Presentation, American Chemical Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 2013.

Seidel S. Patterning vapor-deposited polymers onto porous substrates. Poster presentation, Gordon Research Conference – Macromolecular Materials, Ventura, CA, 2011.

Patents

US Patent Application US 14/170,366: Porous Polymer Structures and Methods and Articles Relating Thereto, Filed January 31, 2014 (Gupta M, Seidel S, Kwong, P).

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

American Chemical Society

Alpha Chi Sigma, Professional Chemistry Fraternity

Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Southern California, 2015
  • B.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2010, summa cum laude

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship

    NSF Engineering Innovation Fellowship

    Viterbi School of Engineering Dean’s Merit Fellowship