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Ruilan Guo

Ruilan Guo

Email: rguo@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-3453

Office: 121C Cushing Hall

Education

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

Biography

Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame (2012 - present)

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Virginia Tech (2008 - 2011)


Publications

  1. Kushwaha, A.; Dose, M.E.; Luo, S, Freeman, B.D., Guo, R., Preparation and Properties of Polybenzoxazole (PBO)-based Gas Separation Membranes: A Comparative Study between Thermal Rearrangement (TR) Approach and Poly(hydroxyamide) (PHA) Cyclodehydration, Polymer, 2015, 78, 81–93. (DOI:10.1016/j.polymer.2015.09.045)
  2. Luo, S.; Liu, Q.; Zhang, B.; Wiegand, J.R.; Freeman, B.D.; Guo, R., Pentiptycene-based polyimides with hierarchically controlled molecular cavity architecture for efficient membrane gas separation, Journal of Membrane Science, 2015, 480, 20–30. (DOI:10.1016/j.memsci.2015.01.043)
  3. Wiegand, J.R.; Smith, Z.P.; Liu, Q.; Patterson, C.T.; Freeman, B.D.; Guo, R., Synthesis and Characterization of Triptycene-based Polyimides with Tunable High Fractional Free Volume for Gas Separation Membranes, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2014, 2, 13309–13320. (DOI:10.1039/C4TA02303J)
  4. Guo, R.; Jacob, K.I., Effect of Chain Length Distribution on Thermal Characteristics of Model Polytetrahydrofuran (PTHF) Networks, Polymer, 2014, 55(17), 4468–4477. (DOI:10.1016/j.polymer.2014.06.026)
  5. Sanders, D.F.; Guo, R.; Smith, Z.P.; Stevens K.A.; Liu, Q.; McGrath, J.E.; Paul, D.R.; Freeman, B.D., Influence of Polyimide Precursor Synthesis Route and ortho-Position Functional Group on Thermally Rearranged (TR) Polymer Properties: Pure Gas Permeability and Selectivity, Journal of Membrane Science, 2014, 463, 73–81. (DOI:10.1016/j.memsci.2014.03.032)
  6. Sanders, D.F.; Guo, R.; Smith, Z.P.; Liu, Q.; Stevens K.A.; McGrath, J.E.; Paul, D.R.; Freeman, B.D., Influence of Polyimide Precursor Synthesis Route and ortho-Position Functional Group on Thermally Rearranged (TR) Polymer Properties: Conversion and Free Volume, Polymer, 2014, 55, 1636–1647. (DOI:10.1016/j.polymer.2014.02.001)
  7. 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 highlighted on journal cover page) (DOI:10.1016/j.polymer.2013.05.075)
  8. 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. (DOI:10.1039/C3TA10261K)
  9. 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(2), 262–272. (DOI:10.1039/C2TA00799A)
  10. 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. (DOI:10.1016/j.memsci.2012.05.050)
  11. 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. (DOI:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2011.06.139)
  12. 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. (DOI:10.1016/j.memsci.2012.03.060)
  13. 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. (DOI:10.1021/ie100785t)

 

Awards

Doctoral New Investigator Grant, ACS Petroleum Research Fund (2015)

Early Career Research Award, Department of Energy (2013)

Chevron-Phillips Chemical Professional Excellence Travel Award (2011)

Joe Cunning Graduate Speaking Competition Award, 15th National Textile Center (NTC) Forum (2007)

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.