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Connie B. Roth

Connie Roth is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at Emory University and is currently the Director of Graduate Studies for Physics.  Connie received her B.Sc. in Physics at McMaster University (Ontario, Canada), and her Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Polymer Physics at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada).  She also completed post-doctoral positions at Simon Fraser University (British-Columbia, Canada) and Northwestern University (Chicago, IL).  Connie has been a faculty member at Emory since 2007.

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; effects of nanoconfinement, surfaces and interfaces, external stresses, electric fields, and nanoparticles.

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:

2012             National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award
2009             DPOLY/UKPPG Polymer Lecture Exchange, American Physical Society
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
cbroth @ emory.edu

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