Rodney Priestley

Dean of the Graduate School, Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering


Office: E-Quad, A417

Phone: 609-258-5271

Research interests: Materials synthesis, processing, structure and properties. The physics of polymeric materials and the development of novel polymeric systems as responsive and self healing materials and membranes.


  • A palm-sized octopus figurine made of hydrogel

    Reusable and recyclable, this new hydrogel squishes the old version’s environmental impact

  • A network of intricate fibers forms a structure with a bubble at its center.

    Researchers built a physical model to probe the creative destruction inside cells

  • Priestley in suit with orange tie and pocket square on steps of Clio Hall.

    Polymer expert Rodney Priestley elected APS Fellow

  • Black-and-white illustration with portrait and the words "William B. Russel 1945-2023"

    William Russel, groundbreaking engineer, cherished mentor, and tireless dean who championed graduate students, dies at 77

  • Solar-powered gel filters enough clean water to meet daily needs

  • Egg frying in a pan

    Researchers cook up a new way to remove microplastics from water


  • Professor and student work together in lab setting.

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

  • Researchers, dressed in white suits, work in "clean room" lab under yellow light.

    Princeton Materials Institute