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Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Dr. Douglas Hirt

Douglas Hirt assumed the role of Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies (ADRGS) in February of 2016. Dr. Hirt has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE) at Clemson University for more than 25 years and has served as ChBE department chair since 2009. He is also serves as director of the Clemson-based NSF Engineering Research Center for Advanced Engineering Fibers and Films.

Dr. Hirt completed his doctorate in chemical engineering at Princeton University followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in composite materials at NASA’s Langley Research Center.

Dr. Hirt’s research focuses, generally, on polymer films, examining surface modification of polymer films by blending additives. He focuses on measuring the amount of additive exuded to the surface of a polymer film over time. His lab also focuses on chemically grafting various species to polymer films to carefully control the chemical functionality on the surface and to enhance the permanence and effectiveness of the surface modification. Recent work focuses on the modification and degradation of biobased polymers. Dr. Hirt is a fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers.

Dr. Hirt ‘s two primary areas of responsibility in his role as ADRGS are supporting faculty as they seek and receive extramural funding and supporting the work of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

For more information, you may contact Dr. Hirt at:

Telephone: (864) 656-3201
Fax: (864) 656-4518
Address: 114 Riggs Hall Box 340901
Clemson University
Clemson, S.C. 29634-0901

Dr. Douglas Hirt