Dr. Al Schwab

Dr. Schwab received his Ph.D. in Polymer Science from The University of Akron and his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Dr. Schwab’s research involves the development of rubbery materials employing metal-coordination complexes as crosslinks.  Using metal-coordination complexes rather than covalent bonds as crosslinks imparts the rubbery materials with enhanced recyclability, an electrically switchable rubber-to-liquid transition, and the ability to act as mechanical sensors.  Students working on this project are exposed to a wide range of topics including organic synthesis, liquid chromatography, spectroscopy, mechanical testing, and thermal characterization.  In addition to materials science, Dr. Schwab’s research interests include studying the heat produced by yeast fermentation using a fermentation calorimeter. Measuring heat production in real-time can serve as a gauge of fermentation progress and quality.

Title: Associate Professor, Physical Chemistry
Department: Chemistry

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Phone: (828) 262-6808

Office address
349 CAP