Dr. Mefford graduate in 2003 with an honors degree in Textile and Polymer Chemistry and minor in Philosophy from Clemson University. He then attended Virginia Tech, where he earned his PhD in Macromolecular Science and Engineering in 2007. For his PhD, he worked on the development of treatments for retinal detachment using hydrophobic ferrofluids. Before returning back to Clemson, Dr. Mefford developed methods for the fabrication and functionalization of microfluidic devices as a Post-doctoral Researcher for The Ohio State University Department of Chemistry.
Mefford joined the faculty of the School of Material Science and Engineering at Clemson in the Fall of 2008. His research focuses on developing stable, polymer-iron oxide nanoparticle complexes and composites for biomedical applications. These applications include: developing materials for magnetic hyperthermia, MRI contrast agents, and drug delivery systems. He is also currently involved in collaborations with the Biology, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, and the Chemistry departments. In addition, he is also working with the restoration team at the Clemson Conservation Center on preservation techniques for the H. L. Hunley.
In his free time, Dr. Mefford is found running, backpacking, gardening, and homebrewing.