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Stephen H. Foulger

Stephen H. Foulger

Greg-Graniteville Endowed Chair and Professor

Phone: (864) 656-1045
Office: 279 Sirrine Hall


The Foulger Research Group was formed in 1999 when Dr. Stephen Foulger took a position as an assistant professor in what was then the School of Textiles, Fiber, and Polymer Science (STFPS) at Clemson University. In those early days, the group was housed in the Sirrine Hall Laboratories on campus, but in 2005, moved out to the Advanced Materials Research Laboratories (AMRL) after their construction. AMRL is an 111,000 square foot laboratory that houses a range of state-of-the-art equipment and is located in the Clemson University Advanced Materials Center, an innovative campus and technology park located in Anderson, SC, approximately eight miles from campus. Around the same period, the Department of Ceramic Engineering and STFPS joined to become the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. As of 2008, Dr. Foulger was promoted to the rank of professor and became the Gregg-Graniteville Endowed Chair. In 2012, Professor Foulger received a joint appointment in the Department of Bioengineering in recognition of the multitude of efforts being pursued in his group that focus on bio-related science and technologies.


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1996)
B.S., University of California, Santa Barbara (1990)

Research Areas

Polymer physics
Multifunctional materials
Optical and optoelectronic properties of materials
Colloid synthesis
Intrinsically conductive polymers
Biomedical contrast colloids
Protein separation nanoparticles
Photodynamic therapy nanoparticles

Selected Publications

Daniele, M. A., Shaughnessy, M., Roeder, R., Childress, A., Bandera, I., & Foulger, S. H. (2013). Magnetic nanoclusters exhibiting protein-activated near-infrared fluorescence. ACS Nano, 7, 203-213.

Daniele, M. A., North, S. H., Naciri, J., Howell, P. B., Foulger, S. H., Ligler, F. S., & Adams, A. A. (2013). Rapid and continuous hydrodynamically controlled fabrication of biohybrid microfibers. Advanced Functional Materials, 23, 698-704.

Roeder, R. D., Rungta, P., Tsyalkovskyy, V., Bandera, Y., & Foulger, S. H. (2012). Colloidal templating: Seeded emulsion polymerization of a soluble shell with a controlled alkyne surface density. Soft Matter, 8, 5493-5500.

Daniele, M. A., Bandera, Y. P., Sharma, D., Rungta, P., Roeder, R., Sehorn, M. G., & Foulger, S. H. (2012). Substrate-baited nanoparticles: A catch and release strategy for enzyme recognition & harvesting. Small, 8, 2083-2090.

Rungta, P., Bandera, Y. P., Roeder, R. D., Li, Y., Baldwin, W., Sharma, D., Sehorn, M. G., Luzinov, I., & Foulger, S. H. (2011). Selective imaging and killing of cancer cells with protein-activated near-infrared fluorescing nanoparticles. Macromolecular Bioscience, 11, 927-937.