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Eric M. Davis, Ph.D.

Eric M. DavisProfessor and Associate Chair
Polymer Membranes, Transport Phenomena, Poromechanics

Phone: 864-656-2715
Office: 207C Earle Hall

Eric Davis with studentsEducation

Ph.D., Drexel University, 2013
BS, Clemson University, 2008

Research Interests:

Polymer Membranes, Transport Phenomena, Poromechanics

Professor Davis’s research is centered on the fundamental relationship between polymer structure, transport phenomena, and polymer physics. His current research focuses on the development of structure-processing-property relationships of polymer membranes for energy storage and delivery applications including fuel cells and redox flow batteries, as well as membranes for water desalination and moisture barrier applications. In these efforts, Professor Davis utilizes a variety of spectroscopic and scattering techniques, as well as poromechanics for characterizing both structure and transport of advanced functional polymers. Through the use of powerful characterization techniques and analysis, Dr. Davis hopes to shed light on polymer physics phenomena, as well as aid in the development of next-generation polymer membranes for a number of real-world applications.

Recent Publications

Balwani, A.; Davis, E.M. Anomalous, Multistage Liquid Water Diffusion and Ionomer Swelling Kinetics in Nafion and Nafion Nanocomposites. ACS Applied Polymer Materials Invited Contribution: Young Investigators Forum (in press) DOI: 10.1021/acsapm.9b00866

Domhoff, A.; Balwani, A.; Martin, T.B.; Davis, E.M. Leveraging Nanoparticle Dispersion State to Tune Vanadium Ion Selectivity of Nanophase-Segregated Ionomer Nanocomposites for Redox Flow Batteries. ACS Energy Materials (in press) DOI: 10.1021/acsaem.9b01443

Balwani, A.; Faraone, A.; Davis, E.M. Impact of Nanoparticles on the Segmental and Swelling Dynamics of Ionomer Nanocomposite Membranes. Macromolecules 2019, 52, 2120-2130.

Singh, M.; Haring, A.P.; Tong, Y.; Cesewski, E.; Ball, E.; Jasper, R.; Davis, E.M.; Johnson, B.N. Additive Manufacturing of Mechanically Isotropic Thin Films and Membranes via Microextrusion 3D Printing of Polymer Solutions. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2019, 11, 6652-6661.

Jansto, A.; Davis, E.M. Role of Surface Chemistry on Nanoparticle Dispersion and Vanadium Ion Crossover in Nafion Nanocomposite Membranes. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2018, 10, 36385-36397.