Chemical Engineering

Maria R. Coleman

Professor And Chair


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1986 B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Louisiana Tech University
1992 Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Research and Teaching Interests

My research interests lie in the following three broad interrelated areas:

Polymeric materials for membrane based separations with emphasis on ionic liquid based polymers for targeted solubility based selectivity, multifunctional network polymers, and surface modification of polymeric membranes. Membranes and systems of interest include gas separations at harsh conditions, pervaporation, membrane distillation, and water purification. Funding from National Science Foundation and Ohio Coal Development Office.

Multifunctional polymer nanocomposites with focus on application driven approach to component selection, composite design and synthesis. Efforts in our group have focused primarily on design of interfacial region between nanofillers and polymer matrix including modification of nanofiller surface with covalently bound monomers, polymers and block copolymers. In addition, the impact on the thermal-mechanical and conducting properties of nanofiller type, loading and processing method are being investigated. Funding from Department of Army.

Sustainable materials synthesis and processing with focus on alternative feedstock for monomers or nanofillers, energy reduction and solvent reduction. Key aspects include consideration of desired properties, processibility using traditional methods, economics and environmental sustainability. Specific interest of our group is in the following areas: (i) separation requirements for material synthesis and processing, (ii) alternatives nanofillers from renewable feedstocks and (iii) detailed structure-property analysis for biobased polymer nanocomposites.


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Contact Information

Phone: (419) 530-8091
Mailing address:
The University of Toledo
Department of Chemical Engineering (MS 305)
2801 W. Bancroft St.
Toledo, OH 43606-3390
Physical address:
Office: Nitschke Hall room 3046
1610 N. Westwood Ave.
Toledo, OH 43606-3390

Last Updated: 10/9/23