Below is a list of recent publications from our lab. You can also find our work on: Google Scholar, ResearchGate, and ORCiD. * indicates equal contributions. † indicates corresponding author(s). Bold indicates graduate students. Italics indicates undergraduate students.

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  1. R. Kumar, A. H. Slim, A. Faraone, J.-M. Y. Carrillo, R. Poling-Skutvik, M. Muthukumar, A. B. Marciel, and J. C. Conrad. Pivotal Roles of Triple Screening – Topological, Electrostatic, and Hydrodynamic – On Dynamics in Semidilute Polymer Solutions. Macromolecules. 2024. ASAP Article. [DOI] [PDF].
  1. D. P. Keane, C. J. Constantine, M. D. Mellor, and R. Poling-Skutvik. Nanoparticle transport in biomimetic polymer-linked emulsions. AIChE J. 2024. e18307. [DOI] [PDF].


  1. S. B. Kotkar, M. P. Howard, A. Nikoubashman, J. C. Conrad, R. Poling-Skutvik, and J. C. Palmer. Confined Dynamics in Spherical Polymer Brushes. ACS Macro Lett. 2023. (12), 1503-1509. [DOI] [PDF].
  1. E. Nikoumanesh and R. Poling-Skutvik. The effect of thixotropy on the yield transition in reversible, colloidal gels. J. Chem. Phys. 2023. 159, 044905. [DOI] [PDF].
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  1. D. P. Keane, C. J. Constantine, M. D. Mellor, and R. Poling-Skutvik. Bridging Heterogeneity Dictates the Microstructure and Yielding Response of Polymer-Linked Emulsions. Langmuir. 2023. 39 (22), 7852-7862. [DOI] [PDF].


  1. A. H. Slim, W. H. Shi, F. S. Samghabadi, A. Faraone, A. B. Marciel, R. Poling-Skutvik, and J. C. Conrad. Electrostatic Repulsion Slows Relaxations of Polyelectrolytes in Semidilute Solutions. ACS Macro Lett. 2022. (11) 7, 854-860. [DOI] [PDF].
  1. S. K. Rereddy, A. C. Cao, B. Blackwell, R. Poling-Skutvik, P. E. Arratia, and N. Mirza. Rheology of saliva in health and disease. Biorheology. 2022. 59 (1-2), 19-27. [DOI] [PDF].
  1. D. P. Keane, M. D. Mellor, and R. Poling-Skutvik. Responsive Telechelic Block Copolymers for Enhancing the Elasticity of Nanoemulsions. ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 2022, 5 (5), 5934-5943. [DOI] [PDF].
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  1. R. Chen*, S. B. Kotkar*, R. Poling-Skutvik, M. P. Howard, A. Nikoubashman, J. C. Conrad, and J. C. Palmer. Nanoparticle dynamics in semidilute polymer solutions: rings versus linear chains. J. Rheol., 2021, 65 (4), 745–755. [DOI] [PDF].
  1. M. Smith, R. Poling-Skutvik, A. H. Slim, R. C. Willson, and J. C. Conrad. Dynamics of Flexible Viruses in Polymer Solutions. Macromolecules. 2021, 54 (10), 4557–4563 [DOI] [PDF].
  1. U. R. Gabinet, C. Lee, R. Poling-Skutvik, D. Keane, N. K. Kim, R. Dong, Z. Vicars, Y. Cai, A. U. Thosar, A. Grun, S. M. Thompson, A. J. Patel, C. R. Kagan, R. J. Composto, and C. O. Osuji. Nanocomposites of 2D-MoS 2 Exfoliated in Thermotropic Liquid Crystals. ACS Mater. Lett. 2021, 3 (6), 704–712. [DOI] [PDF].
  1. Y. Zhang, R. Dong, U. R. Gabinet, R. Poling-Skutvik, N. K. Kim, C. Lee, O. Q. Imran, X. Feng, and C. O. Osuji. Rapid Fabrication by Lyotropic Self-Assembly of Thin Nanofiltration Membranes with Uniform 1 Nanometer Pores. ACS Nano. 2021. 15 (5), 8192–8203. [DOI] [PDF]
  1. A. P. Dhand, R. Poling-Skutvik, and C. O. Osuji. Simple production of cellulose nanofibril microcapsules and the rheology of their suspensions. Soft Matter. 2021. 17 (17), 4517–4524. [DOI] [PDF]


  1. R. Poling-Skutvik, E. McEvoy, V. Shenoy, and C. O. Osuji. Yielding and bifurcated aging in nanofibrillar networks. Phys. Rev. Mat. 2020, 4 (10), 102601. [DOI] [PDF]
  1. A. H. Slim, R. Poling-Skutvik, and J. C. Conrad. Local confinement controls diffusive nanoparticle dynamics in semidilute polyelectrolyte solutions. Langmuir. 2020, 36 (31), 9153-9159. [DOI] [PDF]
  1. R. Poling-Skutvik*, X. Di*, and C. O. Osuji. Correlation of droplet elasticity and volume fraction effects on emulsion dynamics. Soft Matter. 2020, 16 (10), 2574-2580. [DOI] [PDF]
  1. J. Liu*, Y. Gao*, H. Wang, R. Poling-Skutvik, C. O. Osuji, and S. Yang. Shaping and locomotion of soft robots using filament actuators made from liquid crystal elastomer-carbon nanotube composites. Adv. Intell. Syst. 2020, 2 (6), 1900163. [DOI] [PDF]


  1. R. C. Roberts, R. Poling-Skutvik, J. C. Conrad, and J. C. Palmer. Tracer transport in attractive and repulsive supercooled liquids and glasses. J. Chem. Phys. 2019, 151 (19), 194501. [DOI] [PDF]
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  1. R. Poling-Skutvik, A. H. Slim, S. Narayanan, J. C. Conrad, and R. Krishnamoorti. Soft interactions modify the diffusive dynamics of polymer-grafted nanoparticles in solutions of free polymer. ACS Macro Lett. 2019, 8 (8), 917-922. [DOI] [PDF]
  1. R. Poling-Skutvik, R. C. Roberts, A. H. Slim, S. Narayanan, R. Krishnamoorti, J. C. Palmer, and J. C. Conrad. Structure dominates localization of tracers within aging nanoparticle glasses. J. Phys. Chem Lett. 201910 (8), 1784-1789. [DOI] [PDF]
  1. R. Chen, R. Poling-Skutvik, M. P. Howard, A. Nikoubashman, S. Egorov, J. C. Conrad, J. C. Palmer. Influence of polymer flexibility on nanoparticle dynamics in semidilute solutions. Soft Matter. 2019,15 (6), 1260–1268. [DOI] [PDF]


  1. V. Goel, J. Pietrasik, R. Poling-Skutvik, A. Jackson, K. Matyjaszewski, and R. Krishnamoorti. Structure of block copolymer grafted silica nanoparticles. Polymer. 2018159, 138–145. [DOI] [PDF]
  1. K.I.S. Mongcopa*, R. Poling-Skutvik*, R. Ashkar, P. Butler, and R. Krishnamoorti. Conformational change and suppression of the Θ-temperature for solutions of polymer grafted nanoparticle. Soft Matter 2018, 14 (29), 6102–6108. [DOI] [PDF]
  1. R.C. Roberts, R. Poling-Skutvik, J.C. Palmer, and J.C. Conrad†. Tracer transport probes relaxation and structure of attractive and repulsive glassy liquids. J. Phys. Chem. Lett2018, 9 (11), 3008-3013. [DOI] [PDF]
  1. J.C. Conrad and R. Poling-Skutvik. Confined flow: consequences and implications for bacteria and biofilms. Annu. Rev. Chem. Biomol. Eng. 20189 (1), 175-200. [DOI] [PDF]
  1. R. Chen*, R. Poling-Skutvik*, A. Nikoubashman, M.P. Howard, J.C. Conrad, and J.C. Palmer. Coupling of nanoparticle dynamics to polymer center-of-mass motion in semidilute polymer solutions.  Macromolecules, 2018, 51 (5), 1865–1872. [DOI] [PDF]
  1. R. Poling-Skutvik, J. Lee, S. Narayanan, R. Krishnamoorti, and J.C. Conrad. “Tunable assembly of gold nanorods in polymer solutions to generate controlled nanostructured materials.” ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 2018, 1 (2), 877–885. [DOI] [PDF]


  1. R. Poling-Skutvik, K.N. Olafson, S. Narayanan, L. Stingaciu, A. Faraone, J.C. Conrad, and R. Krishnamoorti. Confined dynamics of grafted polymer chains in solutions of linear polymer. Macromolecules50, 7372 (2017). [DOI] [PDF]
  1. M.S .Safari, R. Poling-Skutvik, P.G. Vekilov, and J.C. Conrad†. “Differential dynamic microscopy of bidisperse colloidal suspensions.” npj Microgravity 3, 1 (2017). [DOI] [PDF]
  1. J. Kim, R. Poling-Skutvik, J. R. C. Trabuco, K. Kourentzi, R. C. Willson, and J. C. Conrad. “Orientational binding modes of reporters in a viral-nanoparticle lateral-flow assay.” Analyst 142, 55 (2017). [DOI] [PDF]


  1. R. Poling-Skutvik, K. I. S. Mongcopa, A. Faraone, S. Narayanan, J. C. Conrad, and R. Krishnamoorti. “Structure and dynamics of interacting nanoparticles in semidilute polymer solutions.” Macromolecules 49, 6568 (2016). [DOI] [PDF]
  1. M. S. Safari, M. A. Vorontsova, R. Poling-Skutvik, P. G. Vekilov, and J. C. Conrad. “Differential dynamic microscopy of weakly scattering and polydisperse protein-rich clusters.” Phys. Rev. E 92, 42712 (2015). [DOI] [PDF]


  1. R. Poling-Skutvik, R. Krishnamoorti, and J. C. Conrad. “Size-dependent dynamics of nanoparticles in unentangled polyelectrolyte solutions.” ACS Macro Lett4, 1169 (2015). [DOI] [PDF]


  1. F. Babaye Khorasani, R. Poling-Skutvik, R. Krishnamoorti†, and J. C. Conrad. “Mobility of nanoparticles in semidilute polyelectrolyte solutions.” Macromolecules 47, 5328 (2014). [DOI] [PDF]