Ryan Poling-Skutvik


  • Soft Matter
  • Responsive Materials
  • Polymers
  • Neutron and X-ray Scattering
  • Optical Microscopy
  • Rheology


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering. University of Houston, 2018
  • B.E., Chemical Engineering. The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, 2013

Selected Publications

Nikoumanesh E, Poling-Skutvik R. The effect of thixotropy on the yield transition in reversible, colloidal gels. The Journal of Chemical Physics, 2023; 159(4), doi: 10/1063/5.0153644
Keane D, Constantine CJ, Mellor MD, Poling-Skutvik R. Bridging Heterogeneity Dictates the Microstructure and Yielding Response of Polymer-Linked Emulsions, Langmuir, 2023; 39(22). doi: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.3c00707
Slim AH, Shi WH, Samghabadi FS, et al. Electrostatic Repulsion Slows Relaxations of Polyelectrolytes in Semidilute Solutions. ACS Macro Letters, 2022; 11, 854-860. doi: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.2c00213
Rereddy SK, Cao AC, Blackwell B, Skutvik RP. Rheology of saliva in health and disease. Biorheology, 2022. doi: 10.3233/BIR-210014
Keane D, Mellor MD, Poling-Skutvik R. Responsive Telechelic Block Copolymers for Enhancing the Elasticity of Nanoemulsions. ACS Applied Nano Materials, 2022. doi: 10.1021/acsanm.1c03666
Chen R, Kotkar SB Poling-Skutvik R, et al. Nanoparticle dynamics in semidilute polymer solutions: Rings versus linear chains. Journal of Rheology, 2021; 65(4), 745-755. doi: 10.1122/8.0000223
Gabinet UR, Lee C, Poling-Skutvik R, et al. Nanocomposites of 2D-MoSٖٖ₂ Exfoliated in Thermotropic Liquid Crystals. ACS Materials Letters, 2021; 3, 704-712. doi: 10.1021/acsmaterialslett.1c00222
Smith M, Poling-Skutvik R, Slim AH, Willson RC, Conrad JC. Dynamics of Flexible Viruses in Polymer Solutions. Macromolecules, 2021. doi: 10.1021/acs.macromol.1c00435
Zhang Y, Dong R, Gabinet UR. et al. Rapid Fabrication by Lyotropic Self-Assembly of Thin Nanofiltration Membranes with Uniform 1 Nanometer Pores. ACS Nano, 2021. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.1c00722
Dhand AP, Poling-Skutvik R, Osuji CO. Simple production of cellulose nanofibril microcapsules and the rheology of their suspensions. Soft Matter, 2021. doi: 10.1039/D1SM00225B
Poling-Skutvik R, McEvoy E, Shenoy V, Osuji CO. Yielding and bifurcated aging in nanofibrillar networks. Physical Review Materials, 2020; 4(10), 102601. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.4.102601
Slim AH, Poling-Skutvik R, Conrad JC. Local Confinement Controls Diffusive Nanoparticle Dynamics in Semidilute Polyelectrolyte Solutions. Langmuir, 2020; 36(31), 9153-9159. doi: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c01402
Liu J, Gao Y, Wang H, Poling-Skutvik R, Osuji CO, Yang S. Shaping and Locomotion of Soft Robots Using Filament Actuators Made from Liquid Crystal Elastomer–Carbon Nanotube Composites. Advanced Intelligent Systems, 2020; 2(6), 1900163. doi: 10.1002/aisy.202070063
Poling-Skutvik R, Di X, Osuji CO. Correlation of droplet elasticity and volume fraction effects on emulsion dynamics. Soft Matter, 2020; 16(10), 2574-2580. doi: 10.1039/c9sm02394a
Roberts RC, Poling-Skutvik R, Conrad JC, Palmer JC. Tracer transport in attractive and repulsive supercooled liquids and glasses. Journal of Chemical Physics, 2019; 151(19), 194501. doi: 10.1063/1.5121851
Poling-Skutvik R, Slim AH, Narayanan S, Conrad JC, Krishnamoorti R. Soft interactions modify the diffusive dynamics of polymer-grafted nanoparticles in solutions of free polymer. ACS Macro Letters, 2019; 8(8), 917-922. doi: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.9b00294
Poling-Skutvik R, Roberts RC, Slim AH, et al. Structure Dominates Localization of Tracers within Aging Nanoparticle Glasses. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2019; 10(8), 1784-1789. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b00309
Chen R, Poling-Skutvik R, Howard MP, et al. Influence of polymer flexibility on nanoparticle dynamics in semidilute solutions. Soft Matter, 2019; 15(6), 1260-1268. doi: 10.1039/c8sm01834k
Goel V, Pietrasik J, Poling-Skutvik R, Jackson A, Matyjaszewski K, Krishnamoorti R. Structure of block copolymer grafted silica nanoparticles. Polymer, 2018; 159, 138-145. doi: 10.1016/j.polymer.2018.10.072
Roberts RC, Poling-Skutvik R, Palmer JC, Conrad JC. Tracer Transport Probes Relaxation and Structure of Attractive and Repulsive Glassy Liquids. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2018; 9(11), 3008-3013. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b01074
Chen R, Poling-Skutvik R, Nikoubashman A, Howard MP, Conrad JC, Palmer JC. Coupling of Nanoparticle Dynamics to Polymer Center-of-Mass Motion in Semidilute Polymer Solutions. Macromolecules, 2018; 51(5), 1865-1872. doi: 10.1021/acs.macromol.7b02441
Poling-Skutvik, R., Lee, J., Narayanan, S., Krishnamoorti, R., Conrad, J.C. Tunable Assembly of Gold Nanorods in Polymer Solutions to Generate Controlled Nanostructured Materials. ACS Applied Nano Materials, 2018; 1(2), 877-885. doi: 10.1021/acsanm.7b00277
Conrad JC, Poling-Skutvik R. Confined flow: Consequences and implications for bacteria and biofilms. Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2018; 9, 175-200. doi: 10.1146/annurev-chembioeng-060817-084006

Recent Grants

5/18/2023. PI. Brown University. “Degradation and performance of pipeline liners: Study of current and future materials and designs.”
4/17/2023. Co-PI. NIH - National Institutes of Health /DHHS. “ESTEEMED Scholars Program at the University of Rhode Island.”
6/28/2022. PI. American Chemical Society. “Isolating the Yield Stress in tunable Thixotripic Emulsions.”

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