Priestley, assistant professor of chemical”>”>chemical
and biological engineering, has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award
from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Program is an NSF-wide activity that offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of junior
faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the
integration of education and research.

Priestley’s project, entitled Formation”>″>Formation
of Stable Polymer Glasses, will explore Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation (MAPLE) as a
route to produce low-energy, ultra-stable glassy polymer films.

The work aims to provide guidelines for the development of polymer glasses with unmatched thermal
and kinetic stability, and will also explore the application of stable polymer glasses as ultra-barrier