Materials Science & Engineering
Gary C. Lickfield
Gary C. Lickfield


Polymer Fibers

Phone: (864) 656-5964
Office: 161 Sirrine Hall


Dr. Lickfield received a B.S. in Chemistry from Ursinus College and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Clemson University. He served as a Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry and in theSchool of Textiles prior to joining the faculty in 1985. His formal training is in the areas of Physical Chemistry and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. His general areas of interest include synthesis and characterization of polymeric materials, polymer surface chemistry and modifications, computational chemistry/molecular modeling of the interactions controlling surface adsorption, dissolution, wetting, and adhesion phenomena in polymer systems, and their applications to textile and polymer materials.


Computational and Experimental Studies on solubility of Poly(ethylene terephthalate) cyclic oligomers.

The use of computational chemistry / molecular modeling in the design of fiber surface treatments.

Carbon fiber surface treatments for controlled adhesion in fiber reinforced plastics.

Recent Publications

M. Liu and G. C. Lickfield and, "Effects of a Silicone Antifoam on Latex Binder's Wetting and Adhesion", Proceedings, TAPPI Nonwoven Conference, Atlanta, April 1993.

C. S. Leach, M. LaBerge, M. J. Drews, G. C. Lickfield, J. Black, "The Effect of Fiber Reinforcement on the Fatigue Properties of Elastomers," Proceedings of the 20th Annual Meeting of the Society for Biomaterials, Boston, MA, April 1994.

R. A. Johnson, G. C. Lickfield, M. J. Drews, and S. W. Shalaby " Modulation of Chain Dissociation of Oxalate-Based Absorbable Polymers,' Proceedings of the 21st Annual Meeting of the Society Biomaterials, San Francisco, CA, March 1995.

E.C. Miller and G. C. Lickfield, "Passive Damage Control in Fiber Glass/Epoxy Plates using Variable Fiber Architecture" Proceedings of ICCE/3, the Third International Conference on Composite Engineering, New Orleans, LA, July 1996.