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Connie Roth

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Connie B. Roth

Connie Roth is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at Emory University.  Connie received her B.Sc. in Physics at McMaster University (Ontario, Canada), and her Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Physics at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) studying polymers.  She also completed postdoctoral positions at Simon Fraser University (British-Columbia, Canada) and Northwestern University (Chicago, IL).  Connie has been a faculty member at Emory since 2007, and was the Director of Graduate Studies for Physics from 2014-2017.  In 2016, she published an edited book on Polymer Glasses (CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group) [Link].

Connie's research falls under the area of Experimental Soft Matter Physics.  Her research interests include polymer materials, glass transition, physical aging, photophysics, miscibility and phase separation; with particular interest on surface and interfacial effects observed at the nanoscale in thin films, nanostructured blends and nanocomposite materials, as well as other perturbations such as external stresses and electric fields.  Connie's interest in polymers started early while an undergraduate student working several summers at Xerox Research Center of Canada (XRCC).

How are the physical properties and dynamics of polymer materials affected by interactions between different components within a system or external perturbations?  How can such interactions or perturbations provide new insight into the underlying mechanisms or length scales affecting that material?  For example, glassy materials are non-equilibrium systems that undergo structural relaxation (or physical aging) related to how the material was trapped in its frustrated state.  How mobility is imparted to glassy systems can tell us about the cooperative many-body motions that control the "freezing-in" of this non-equilibrium structure.  Developing complex systems into material applications involves understanding the system as a whole.  How the properties of polymers would change when placed in environments relevant to technological applications enables tuning the material properties and creating materials by design.

Honors and Awards:

2020             Program Chair, Division of Polymer Physics (DPOLY), APS March meeting
2019             Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS)
2019             Fellows Award, North American Thermal Analysis Society (NATAS)
2019-           Member of Advisory Board, Soft Matter
2016             Identified as a "top reviewer" for the Journal of Chemical Physics
2015-           Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Physics
2012             National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award
2009             DPOLY/UKPPG Polymer Lecture Exchange, American Physical Society (APS)
2009             American Chemical Society PRF Doctoral New Investigator
2002             Ontario Graduate Scholar in Science & Technology (OGSST)
1997-2001     Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Graduate Scholar of Canada
1996             J.L.W. Gill Prize, McMaster University
1995             NSERC Undergraduate Award in Industry, Xerox Research Centre of Canada
1995             Gerald and Verna Simpson Memorial Scholarship, McMaster University
1994-1995     Dr. Harry Lyman Hooker Scholarship, McMaster University

Professor Connie B. Roth
Department of Physics
Emory University
400 Dowman Dr, Rm N201
Atlanta, GA 30322-2430
Phone: 404-727-4083
Fax: 404-727-0873
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