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O. Thompson Mefford

O. Thompson Mefford

Associate Professor

Phone: (864) 656-2486
Office: 100B Riggs Hall


Dr. Mefford completed his BS in Textile and Polymer Chemistry at Clemson University in 2003. He earned his PhD in Macromolecular Science and Engineering in 2007 from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and also received the Virginia Tech Graduate Man of the Year Award. Before returning to Clemson University, Dr. Mefford worked on a variety of projects as a researcher for the Ohio State University Department of Chemistry.

His research focuses on developing stable, biocompatible polymer-metal oxide nanoparticle complexes and composites for biomedical, environmental, and energy applications. These applications include: developing materials for hyperthermia, investigating the thermal properties of macromolecule-nanoparticle complexes, and crosslinking networks of magnetic nanoparticles. The development of such complexes and composites will demonstrate the stability and interactivity of nanoparticles and improve upon them to give a better functionality for a given application.


Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (2007)
B.S., Clemson University (2003)

Research Areas


Selected Publications

Majetich, S. A., Wen, T., & Mefford, O. T. (2013). Magnetic nanoparticles. Materials Research Society Bulletin, 38(11), 899-903.

Stone, R., Hipp, S., Barden, J., Brown, P. J., & Mefford, O. T. (2013). Highly scalable nanoparticle-polymer composite fiber via wet spinning. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 130(3), 1975-1980.

Qi, B., Ye, L., Stone, R., Dennis, C., Crawford, T., & Mefford, O. T. (2013). Influence of ligand-precursor molar ratio on the size evolution of modifiable iron oxide nanoparticles. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 117(10), 5429-5435.

Saville, S., Woodward, R. C., House, M. J., Tokarev, A., Hammers, J., Qi, B., St. Pierre, T. G., & Mefford, O. T. (2013). The effect of magnetically induced linear aggreagates on proton transverse relaxation rates of aqueous suspensions of polymer coated nanoparticles. Nanoscale, 5 (5), 2152 - 2163.