Associate Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
AEC 229
(610) 330-5820


  • Ph.D., Polymer Science, University of Akron
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Lafayette College

Teaching Areas

  • Experimental Design and Analysis
  • Thermodynamics
  • Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

  • Physical characterization and structure-property relationships of polymeric materials
  • Thermodynamics of materials: phase behavior in tertiary, binary, and single-component systems

Selected Publications

Undergraduate authors are denoted with an asterisk:

  • Brigham, N*.; Nardi, C.*; Carandang, A.*; Allen, K.*; Van Horn, R.M. “Manipulation of Crystallization Sequence in PEO-b-PCL Films Using Solvent Interactions” Macromolecules 201750, 8996
  • Van Horn, R.M.; Cheng, S.Z.D. Crystallization in Polymer Thin Films: Morphology and Growth. In Polymer Thin Films; Tsui, O. K. C., Russell, T. P., Eds.; World Scientific: New York, 2008
  • Van Horn, R.M.; Zheng, J.X.; Sun, H.-J.; Hsiao, M.-S.; Zhang, W.-B.; Dong, X.; Xu, J.; Thomas, E.L.; Lotz, B.; Cheng, S.Z.D. “Solution Crystallization Behavior of Crystalline-Crystalline Diblock Copolymers of Poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(e-caprolactone)” Macromolecules 201043, 6113