Welcome Dr. Nathaniel Lynd

Dr. Nathaniel Lynd head shotTexas ChE welcomes Dr. Nathaniel Lynd as he joins the department as an assistant professor teaching materials science. Lynd’s research focuses broadly on polymer sciences, including areas such as modeling, design and synthesis of membranes for capture of carbon dioxide; synthesis of degradable biomedical materials; and understanding ion transport in polymer electrolytes.

Lynd came to UT Austin from the materials sciences division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he was a staff scientist.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, focusing his work on the exploration of the effects of molecular weight dispersity on block polymer self-assembly. After his doctoral studies, he moved to California as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the materials research laboratory.

What attracted you to UT Austin?

What drew me to UT Austin were the students and my colleagues in chemical engineering.

What do you enjoy most about engineering or your specific field?
In my field, we are very much designers and makers of new materials. I find it deeply satisfying to connect fundamental knowledge with real-world applications and even more stimulating when the design of new materials leads to new fundamental knowledge.

What are your favorite hobbies?
I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, reading science fiction, running and cooking.

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