College of Engineering
Office: 121C Cushing Hall
Ph.D, Polymer Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008
M.E., Material Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, 2001
B.E., Polymer Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, 1998
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Virginia Tech (2008 - 2011)
Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame (2012 - present)
Sanders, D.F.; Smith, Z.P.; Guo, R.; Robeson, L.M.; McGrath, J.E.; Paul, D.R.; Freeman, B.D., Energy efficient polymeric gas separation membranes for a sustainable future: A review, Polymer, 2013, 54(18), 4729–4761. (Feature Article)
Guo, R.; Sanders, D.F.; Smith, Z.P.; Freeman, B.D.; Paul, D.R.; McGrath, J.E., Synthesis and characterization of thermally rearranged (TR) polymers: effect of glass transition temperature of aromatic poly(hydroxyimide) precursors on TR process and gas permeation properties, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2013, 1 (19), 6063-6072.
Guo, R.; Sanders, D.F.; Smith, Z.P.; Freeman, B.D.; Paul, D.R.; McGrath, J.E., Synthesis and characterization of thermally rearranged (TR) polymers: Influence of ortho-positioned functional groups of polyimide precursors on TR process and gas transport properties, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2013, 1, 262-272.
Guo, R.; McGrath, J.E. “Aromatic Polyethers, Polyetherketones, Polysulfides, and Polysulfones”. In: Matyjaszewski K and Möller M (eds.) Polymer Science: A Comprehensive Reference, 2012, Vol. 5, pp. 377–430. Amsterdam: Elsevier BV.
Smith, Z.P.; Sanders, D.F.; Ribeiro, C. P.; Guo, R.; Freeman, B.D.; Paul, D.R.; McGrath, J.E., Swinnea, S., Gas sorption and characterization of thermally rearranged polyimides based on 3,3'-dihydroxy-4,4'-diamino-biphenyl (HAB) and 2,2'-bis-(3,4-dicarboxyphenyl) hexafluoropropane dianhydride (6FDA), Journal of Membrane Science, 2012, 415-416, 558-567.
Chen, Y.; Guo, R.; Lee, C.-H.; Lee, M.; McGrath, J.E., Partly fluorinated poly(arylene ether sulfone ketone) hydrophilic-hydrophobic multiblock copolymers for fuel cell membranes, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2012, 37(7), 6132-6139.
Sanders, D.F.; Smith, Z.P.; Ribeiro, C. P.; Guo, R.; McGrath, J.E.; Paul, D.R.; Freeman, B.D., Permeability, diffusivity, and free volume of thermally rearranged polymers based on 3,3'-dihydroxy-4,4'-diamino-biphenyl diamine (HAB) and 2,2'-bis-(3,4-dicarboxyphenyl) hexafluoropropane dianhydride (6FDA), Journal of Membrane Science, 2012, 409-410, 232-241.
Guo, R.; Lane, O.R.; VanHouten, D.; McGrath, J.E., Synthesis and characterization of phenolphthalein based poly(arylene ether sulfone) for proton exchange membrane applications, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2010, 49, 12125-12134.
Outstanding Undergraduate Scholarship (1995-1998)
Outstanding Undergraduate Award (1998)
Bayer Graduate Fellowship (2001)
Award winner – Joe Cunning Graduate Speaking Competition, 15th National
Textile Center (NTC) Forum (2007)
Chevron-Phillips Chemical Professional Excellence Travel Award (2011)
Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Research Program Award (2013)
Summary of Activities/Interests
Research in the Guo group combines engineering and chemistry principles for the design, synthesis and characterization of functional polymer and polymer-based membrane materials with applications in the areas impacting both energy and the environment. Topics of the group’s research span several fields, including development of new high performance polymeric membranes for gas separations, nanophase separated multiblock copolymers for polyelectrolyte membrane fuel cells, functional copolymers for water treatment/desalination, as well as fundamental studies on the structure-property relationship for polymer materials. As such, the laboratory is interdisciplinary, with interests in chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, and polymer science and engineering.