Linda S. Schadler

Linda S. Schadler
Name: Linda S. Schadler
Title:Professor , Vice Provost & Dean of Undergraduate Education, and Russell Sage Professor
Department Materials Science and Engineering
School Engineering
Center Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center (RNC) Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center (ERC)
Bio Dr. Linda S. Schadler joined Rensselaer in 1996 and is currently the Russell Sage Professor in Materials Science and Engineering and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the School of Engineering. She graduated from Cornell University in 1985 with a B.S. in materials science and engineering and received a PhD in materials science and engineering in 1990 from the University of Pennsylvania. After two years of post-doctoral work at IBM Yorktown Heights, Schadler served as a faculty member at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA before coming to Rensselaer.

Active in materials research for over 22 years, Schadler is an experimentalist and her research has focused on the micromechanical behavior of two-phase systems, primarily polymer composites. Her interests currently include the mechanical, optical, and electrical behavior of nanofilled polymer composites. Schadler has co-authored more than 140 journal publications, several book chapters, and one book. She has given more than 120 invited lectures and 28 Ph.D.s have graduated from her group. Dr. Schadler received a National Science Foundation National Young Investigator award in 1994 and the ASM International Bradley Staughton Award for Teaching in 1997. She received a Dow Outstanding New Faculty member award from the American Society of Engineering Education in 1998 and is an ASM International Fellow.

Linda is a current member of ASM International’s Board of Trustees and a former member of the National Materials Advisory Board and was the education and outreach coordinator for the National Science Foundation’s Center “Directed Assembly of Nanostructures” headquartered at Rensselaer. As part of that positions she was one of the executive producers for the Molecularium – a new style of planetarium show that takes the audience (primarily students in K-5) on a magical musical adventure into the world of atoms and molecules with the help of oxy, hydro and hydra ( Children learn that “everything is made of atoms and molecules” and about the three states of matter “solids slow, liquids flow, gas is fast!”
Education Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania B.S., Cornell University
Scholarly Works:
  • “Stalking the Materials Genome: A Data-Driven Approach to the Virtual Design of Nanostructured Polymers,” C. M. Breneman, L.C. Brinson, L.S. Schadler, B. Natarajan, M. Krein, K. Wu, L. Morkowchuk, Y. Li, H. Deng, D. Gai, Advanced Functional Materials, in press 2013.
  • “Polymer Nanocomposite Foams,” L. Chen, D. Rende, R. Ozisik, L.S. Schadler, Invited Paper for J. Materials Chemistry A: Featured Articles, vol. 1, no. 12,3837-3850 (2013).
  • “Biomodal Surface Ligand Engineering: The Key to Tunable Nanocomposites,” Y. Li, P. Tao, A. Viswanath, B.C. Benicewicz, L.S. Schadler, Langmuir (Cover), vol. 29, no. 4, p. 1211-1220 (2013).
  • “The Effect of Interfacial Energetics on Dispersion and Glass Transition Temperature in Polymer Nanocomposites,” B. Natarajan, Y. Li, H. Deng, C. Brinson, L. S. Schadler, Macromolecules, vol. 36, no. 7, 2833-2841 (2013).
  • “Transparent Luminescent Silicone Nanocomposites Filled with Bimodal PDMS-Brush-Grafted CdSe Quantum Dots,” Peng Tao, R.W. Siegel, L.S. Schadler, J. Materials Chemistry C. vol. 1, no. 1, 86-94 (2013).
  • “Graphene Oxide Filled Nanocomposite with Novel Electrical and Dielectric Properties,” Zepu Wang, J. Keith Nelson, Henrik Hillborg, Su, Zhao, Linda.S. Schadler, Advanced Materials, vol. 24, no. 23, 3134-3137 (2012).
  • “Grafting bimodal polymer brushes on nanoparticles using controlled radical polymerization,” A. Rungta, B. Natarajan, T. Neely, D. Dukes, L.S. Schadler, and B.C. Benicewicz, Macromolecules, Published on line (2012).
  • “The Mechanical Properties of Epoxy Composites Filled with Rubbery Copolymer Grafted SiO2,” Jianing Gao , Junting Li, Brian C. Benicewicz , Su Zhao , Henrik Hillborg, and Linda S. Schadler, Polymers, vol. 4, no. 1, 187-210 (2012).
  • “Supercritical carbon dioxide assisted dispersion and distribution of silica nanoparticles in polymers,” Kerem Goren, Osman B. Okan, Limeng Chen, Linda S. Schadler, Rahmi Ozisik, Journal of Supercritical Fluids, vol. 67, 108-113, (2012).
  • “Graphene Oxide Filled Nanocomposite with Novel Electrical and Dielectric Properties,” Zepu Wang, J. Keith Nelson, Henrik Hillborg, Su, Zhao, Linda.S. Schadler, Advanced Materials, vol. 24, no. 23, 3134-3137 (2012).
  • “Effect of High Aspect Ratio Filler on Dielectric Properties of Polymer Composites: A Study on Barium Titanate Fibers and Graphene Platelets,” Zepu Wang, J. Keith Nelson, Jianjun Miao, Robert J. Linhardt, Linda S. Schadler, Henrik Hillborg, Su Zhao, IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, vol. 19, no. 3, 960-967 (2012).
  • “High Temperature Breakdown Strength and Voltage Endurance Characterization of Nanofilled Polyamideimide,” L.S. Schadler, J.K. Nelson, C. Calebrese, A. Travelpiece, D. Schweikart, IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 2090-2101 (2012).
  • Fellow, ASM International
  • ASM International 1997 Bradley Stoughton Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Rensselaer School of Engineering, 2008 Outstanding Faculty Member Award
  • NSF - National Young Investigator Award 1994
  • Named as one of the top 100 Materials Scientists in the world by Times Higher Education in 2011
  • Member of the National Materials Advisory Board (2002-2008)
  • ASM International Board of Trustees (2011-2014)