Dr. Meredith's group researches the surfaces and interfaces of advanced materials. Their work aims to apply fundamentals of polymer, surface and colloid science to find new ways to engineer materials useful to society and industry. In particular, projects emphasize the utilization of renewable components, sustainable processing, and bioinspired designs in adhesives, composites, foams and coatings, among others. He works closely with the Georgia Tech Renewable Bioproducts Institute.
There are three primary thrust areas: 1) utilization of renewably-sourced materials (such as cellulose and chitin nanofibers) in high-strength nanocomposites, coatings and barrier materials; 2) design and development of more sustainable surfactant-free foaming processes that can be applied in oil recovery, oil spill cleanup and chemical separations (in collaboration with Sven Behrens, ChBE) and 3) discovery of the principles of adhesion and wetting used by natural particles like pollen and fungal spores, and their application in adhesives, composites and sensors.
Dr. Meredith is the J. Carl Pirkle Sr. Faculty Fellow and the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies.
Biomimicry of natural adhesive designs found in pollen, fungi, and diatoms, in order to develop advanced adhesives and composites.
Development of new foaming strategies for surfactant-free and energy-efficient separations.
Development of biorenewable sources for high-strength, lightweight composites and barrier materials using nanofibers of cellulose from trees and chitin from shellfish.
Design of reconfigurable wetting systems for oil-water-solid and oil-water-air interfaces, applicable to new methods to collect and purify water and recover oil from reservoirs and spills.
- Energy and Sustainability
- Materials and Nanotechnology