Welcome to the Russo Lab at Georgia Tech

Light Scattering Alignment Target

Welcome! Our lab is devoted to the science and engineering of polymeric and colloidal materials.

What do we do? Our research involves synthetic and biological polymers and particles in fluids. Examples: 

  • Liquid crystals for control of light or directed strength applications
  • Polymer Recycling and Upcycling: Microparticle and Nanoparticle Characterization for Cleaner Water
  • Gels and hydrogels for scaffolding and delivery of target materials
  • Bioparticles for emulation of living systems, drug delivery and synthetic muscle
  • Development of new analytical equipment for polymer and particle characterization
  • Future of Work in the Laboratory: Connections to Machine Learning and Public Policy

How do we do this? We are not defined by any one technique, but a fair amount of what we do depends on optical measurements – light scattering and microscopy in particular. We also use X-ray and neutron scattering, rheology, gel permeation chromatography with various online detectors, and other techniques.

Outreach activities: We enjoy working with the Chemical Educational Foundation, a non-profit devoted to K8 education, and APTEC, a nonprofit devoted to the development of a strong polymer science and engineering base that aids students, postdocs, industrial partners and universities.

Inreach activities: We delight in promoting open laboratories for materials characterization and our work with Georgia Tech's Student Polymer Network.

Please contact us if we can be of any help.

Paul Russo
paul.russo at mse.gatech.edu 
225-588-8104 (mobile)
School of Materials Science & Engineering / Georgia Institute of Technology
801 Ferst Drive / MRDC 3508 / Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0295 U.S.A.