Chemical engineer to talk on amphibious coatings from polymers

Published: Sep 22, 2010 3:00:00 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille,, 334-844-3447

G. Kane Jennings, Auburn alumnus and associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, will present “Exceptional Barrier Properties of Superhydrophobic  Films,” on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 3:30 p.m. in the McMillan Auditorium, 136 Ross Hall. His seminar is part of the 2010 Department of Chemical Engineering Distinguished Seminar Series.

Jennings will discuss polymethylenation, a new surface-initiated polymerization strategy to achieve rough and thin polymethylene films, the world’s simplest and most common polymer. These films are used to create superhydrophobic surfaces, which can be used in water repellent textiles, ice-resistant and self-cleaning surfaces and oil-water separations. Research results indicate that designs for effective amphibious coatings can be used as corrosion protection, etch-resistant surfaces and self-cleaning materials.

Jennings earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Auburn in 1993. He holds a master’s degree and doctorate in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has published more than 55 papers about organic films and interfacial engineering. Jennings and his graduate students were honored with the 2010 Arthur K. Doolittle Award for the best paper on polymeric materials.

Contributed by Elizabeth Mahaney