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Amy Peterson

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Amy PetersonAssociate Professor, Associate Chair - Master's Studies

Research Interests

Additive Manufacturing, Controlled Release, Polyelectrolyte Processing, Finite Element Analysis, Cell-Material Interactions, Interfacial Phenomena


  • Ph D: Chemical Engineering, (2011), Drexel University - Philadelphia, PA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Development of Remendable Polymer Composites using a Thermoreversible Reaction
  • BS: Chemical Engineering, (2007), Drexel University - Philadelphia, PA


Amy Peterson is an Associate Professor of Plastics Engineering at University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her research group studies processing-structure-property relationships in polymers and polymer composites, with a focus on interfacial phenomena in multilayered systems. She received her PhD in 2011 from Drexel University, where she was an NSF IGERT and Graduate Research Fellow. She was an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces 2011-2013 and Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute 2013-2018.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Alpha Sigma Mu Member (2017) - Alpha Sigma Mu
  • Sigma Xi Full Member (2017) - Sigma Xi
  • Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer (2016) - Tau Beta Pi

Selected Publications

  • Braconnier, D.J., Jensen, R.E., Peterson, A. (2020). Processing parameter correlations in material extrusion additive manufacturing. Additive Manufacturing, 31 100924.
  • Ding, I., Walz, J.A., Mace, C.R., Peterson, A. (2019). Early hMSC morphology and proliferation on model polyelectrolyte multilayers. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 178 276-284.
  • D'Amico, T., Barrett, C., Presing, J., Peterson, A. (2019). Micromechanical Modeling of Irreversible Thermal Strain. Additive Manufacturing, 27 91-98.
  • Peterson, A. (2019). Review of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene in fused filament fabrication: A plastics engineering-focused perspective. Additive Manufacturing, 27 363-371.
  • Weishaar, A., Carpenter, M., Loucks, R., Sakulich, A., Peterson, A. (2018). Evaluation of Self-Healing Epoxy Coatings for Steel Reinforcement. Construction & Building Materials, 191 125-135.
  • Ding, I., Shendi, D.M., Rolle, M.W., Peterson, A. (2018). Growth-Factor-Releasing Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Films to Control the Cell Culture Environment. Langmuir, 34(3) 1178-1189.
  • Lyu, X., Peterson, A. (2018). Humidity tempering of polyelectrolyte complexes. Macromolecules, 51(23) 10003-10010.
  • Kim, S., Peterson, A., Holten-Andersen, N. (2018). Enhanced Water Retention Maintains Energy Dissipation in Dehydrated Metal-Coordinate Polymer Networks: Another Role for Fe-Catechol Cross-Links? Chemistry of Materials, 30(11) 3648-3655.
  • D’Amico, A., Peterson, A. (2018). An adaptable FEA simulation of material extrusion additive manufacturing heat transfer in 3D. Additive Manufacturing, 21 422-430.
  • Ryder, M.A., Lados, D.A., Iannacchione, G.S., Peterson, A. (2018). Fabrication and properties of novel polymer-metal composites using fused deposition modeling. Composites Science and Technology, 158 43-50.
  • Peterson, A., Sakulich, A. (2017). A globally-focused, experiential education system for the STEM fields: Measures for intentionally promoting diversity (pp. 176-200). IGI Global
  • Yang, H., Peterson, A. (2017). Inkjet printed drug-releasing polyelectrolyte multilayers for wound dressings (4:matersci-04-00452 pp. 452). AIMS Materials Science
  • Lyu, X., Peterson, A. (2017). The Princess and the Pea Effect: Influence of the first layer on polyelectrolyte multilayer assembly and properties. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 502 165-171.
  • D’Amico, A.A., Debaie, A., Peterson, A. (2017). Effect of layer thickness on irreversible thermal expansion and interlayer strength in fused deposition modeling. Rapid Prototyping Journal, 23(5) 943-953.
  • Chen, Y., Xia, C., Shepard, Z., Smith, N., Rice, N., Peterson, A., Sakulich, A. (2017). Self-Healing Coatings for Steel-Reinforced Concrete. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 5(5) 3955-3962.

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • GOALI: Experimental and Computational Approaches to Tailor Properties of Additively Manufactured Semi-Crystalline Polymers (2018), Grant - NSF
    Peterson, A.
  • Automated coating of cell culture surfaces with cytokine releasing-polyelectrolyte multilayer (2018), Grant - ARMI BioFabUSA
    Peterson, A.
  • Identification of Critical Performance Properties for Barrier Materials in Hot Sauce Packaging for Meals, Ready-to-Eat (MRE) Rations (2019), Grant - Defense Logistics Agency
    Chen, W., Peterson, A., Mead, J.
  • REU Site: Advanced materials and processes for a resilient society (2017), Grant - NSF (EEC), Research Experiences for Undergraduates
    Peterson, A. (Co-Principal), Sakulich, A. (Principal)
  • Thermal Modeling of BAAM for Tailoring Residual Stresses and Strength Amount (2017), Grant - ONR, Code 332 Naval Materials
    Peterson, A. (Principal)