Richard John Spontak

PhD, Professor Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering , North Carolina State University

I am an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, USA. I received my B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and later earned my Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. I pursued post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge and the Institutt for Energiteknikk before accepting a position at the Procter & Gamble Company. In 1992, I joined North Carolina State University, where I supervise the Polymer Morphology Group. Since that time, I have published over 275 research papers, and my work has been featured on 20 journal covers. My primary research interests relate to the phase behavior and morphology/property development of nanostructured polymers, polymer nanocomposites, electron microscopy, and stimuli-responsive (electroactive and shape-memory) media. In recognition of my fundamental and applied research, I have received the 2006 American Chemical Society (ACS) Cooperative Research Award in Polymer Science & Engineering, the 2007 German Society for Electron Microscopy Ernst Ruska Prize, the 2008 ACS Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award, the 2011 Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) Colwyn Medal, the 2012 NTNU Lars Onsager Professorship, and the 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers International Award. An elected fellow of the American Physical Society, IOM3 and the Royal Society of Chemistry, I am or have been on the editorial advisory board of 21 international journals and holds editorial positions on 3 of them. I have been recognized as a 2007 Outstanding Scholar Alumnus and a 2012 Alumni Fellow by the Pennsylvania State University. I am an elected member of the North Carolina State University Academy of Outstanding Teachers and received the 2008 Board of Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest instructional honor bestowed by the University of North Carolina system. I reside in Raleigh with my wife, Josie, and my two children, Danielle and Joshua.