Michael Kreder

Michael J. Kreder, Ph.D.

Scientist
Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry
Natick

Dr. Kreder specializes in the characterization, properties and end-use performance of coatings, membranes, foams and emulsions. He has particular expertise in the chemistry and physics of surfaces, with a deep understanding of the interfacial interactions of solids, liquids and thin films. He has developed several coatings for a wide range of substrates using polymer and oxide layers along with various chemical surface modifiers and lubricants. Dr. Kreder has worked on many multidisciplinary applications including coatings for anti-ice applications, biomedical devices, and high-performance heat exchangers. His research interests include the influence of chemistry and nanostructure on the macroscopic properties of polymeric materials.

Dr. Kreder specializes in measuring the interfacial properties of solids, liquids and surfactant mixtures using tensiometry and contact angle analysis. He uses optical microscopy, SEM and AFM to visualize surface topography and morphology, along with interferometric techniques to visualize the thickness and dynamics of thin films. He is experienced in thin film techniques such as spin-coating and dip-coating polymers and sol-gel solutions. Dr. Kreder has employed and developed various scientific approaches to modify the surface energy and wetting properties of a wide range of materials with molecular monolayers and polymer brushes of various chemistries, with a particular focus on alkyl, perfluorinated and siloxane-based molecules. In addition, Dr. Kreder routinely uses analytical techniques such as UV-Vis, FTIR, Raman, XRD, TGA, and DSC to assess the composition of engineered materials.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Kreder received his doctorate in Applied Physics from Harvard University, where he researched and developed novel lubricant-infused repellent coatings. In addition to interfacial properties, he extensively studied the thermodynamic and kinetic properties of materials, and worked to describe the behavior of swellable polymers.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Applied Physics, Harvard University, 2019
  • S.M., Applied Physics, Harvard University, 2015
  • B.Sc., Nanotechnology Engineering, University of Waterloo, 2013

Publications

M.J. Kreder, D. Daniel, A. Tetreault, Z. Cao, B. Lemaire, J.V.I. Timonen, and J. Aizenberg, “Film Dynamics and lubricant depletion by droplets moving on lubricated surfaces.” Physical Review X (2018) 8, 031053

D. Daniel, J.V.I Timonen, R. Li, S.J. Velling, M.J. Kreder, A. Tetreault, and J. Aizenberg, “Origins of Extreme Liquid Repellency on Structured, Flat, and Lubricated Hydrophobic Surfaces.” Physical Review L (2018) 120, 244503

M.J. Kreder, J. Alvarenga, P. Kim, and J. Aizenberg, “Design of anti-icing surfaces: smooth, textured or slippery?” Nature Reviews Materials (2016) 1, 15003

O. Lubovsky, M.J. Kreder, D. Wright, A. Kiss, A. Gallant, H. Kreder, and C. Whyne, “Quantitative measures of damage to subchondral bone are associated with functional outcome following treatment of displaced acetabular fractures.” Journal of Orthopaedic Research (2013) 31, 1980

R. Denomme, K. Iyer, M.J. Kreder, B. Smith, and P. Nieva, “Nanoparticle fabrication by geometrically confined nanosphere lithography.” J. Micro Nanolithogr. MEMS MOEMS (2013) 12, 031106

P. Kim, M.J. Kreder, J. Alvarenga, and J. Aizenberg, “Hierarchical or Not? Effect of the Length Scale and Hierarchy of the Surface Roughness on Omniphobicity of Lubricant-Infused Substrates.” Nano Letters (2013) 13, 1793

P. Wilson, W. Lu, H. Xu, P. Kim, M.J. Kreder, J. Alvarenga, and J. Aizenberg, “Inhibition of Ice Nucleation by Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces (SLIPS).” Phys Chem Chem Phys (2013) 15, 58

P. Kim, T. S. Wong, J. Alvarenga, M.J. Kreder, W. Adorno-Martinez, and J. Aizenberg, “Liquid-Infused Nanostructured Surfaces with Extreme Anti-Ice and Anti-Frost Performance.” ACS Nano (2012) 6, 6569

Presentations

M.J. Kreder, D. Daniel, A. Tetreault, Z. Cao, B. Lemaire, J.V.I. Timonen, and J. Aizenberg. “Film dynamics and lubricant depletion by droplets moving on lubricated surfaces.” APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, Atlanta, GA, November 2018 (Oral Presentation)

M.J. Kreder, D. Daniel, and J. Aizenberg. “Condensation and Freezing on SLIPS.” GRC: Micro & Nanoscale Phase Change Heat Transfer, Galveston, TX, January 2017 (Poster Presentation)

Prior Experience

Undergraduate Research Intern, University of Waterloo, Sept. 2010 – April 2011

Undergraduate Research Intern, Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation, NRC, Jan. 2010 – April 2010

Summer Research Student, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, May 2009 – Aug. 2009

Professional Affiliations

Society of Plastics Engineers

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Applied Physics, Harvard University, 2019
  • S.M., Applied Physics, Harvard University, 2015
  • B.Sc., Nanotechnology Engineering, University of Waterloo, 2013