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Amy Peterson

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Amy PetersonAssociate Professor

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
  • Peebles Award for Graduate Student Research in Adhesion Science (2011)
  • American Society for Composites PhD Scholarship (2010) - American Society for Composites

Selected Publications

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lyu, X., Clark, B., Peterson, A. (2017). Thermal transitions in and structures of dried polyelectrolytes and polyelectrolyte complexes. Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, 55(8) 684-691.
  • Salvi, C., Lyu, X., Peterson, A. (2016). Effect of Assembly pH on Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Surface Properties and BMP-2 Release. Biomacromolecules, 17(6) 1949-1958.
  • Magboo, R., Peterson, A. (). Polyelectrolyte Multilayers for Controlled Release of Biologically Relevant Molecules (2nd pp. 1519-1533). Taylor & Francis
  • Peterson, A., Pilz-Allen, C., Mohwald, H., Shchukin D, G. (2014). Evaluation of the role of polyelectrolyte deposition conditions in growth factor release. Journal of Materials Chemistry B.
  • Peterson, A., Pilz-Allen, C., Kolesnikova, T., Möhwald, H., Shchukin, D. (2014). Growth Factor Release from Polyelectrolyte-Coated Titanium for Implant Applications. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 6(3) 1866-1871.
  • Pratama, P.A., Peterson, A., Palmese, G.R. (2013). The role of maleimide structure in the healing of furan-functionalized epoxy–amine thermosets. Polymer Chemistry, 4(18) 5000.
  • Pratama, P.A., Sharifi, M., Peterson, A., Palmese, G.R. (2013). Room Temperature Self-Healing Thermoset Based on the Diels–Alder Reaction. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 5(23) 12425-12431.
  • Peterson, A., Palmese, G.R. (2013). Reaction Kinetics and Thermodynamic Aspects of Thermoreversibly Cross-Linked Polymer Networks. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 214(16) 1798-1805.
  • Peterson, A., Jensen, R.E., Palmese, G.R. (2013). Kinetic Considerations for Strength Recovery at the Fiber–Matrix Interface Based on the Diels–Alder Reaction. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 5(3) 815-821.
  • Peterson, A., Möhwald, H., Shchukin, D.G. (2012). pH-Controlled Release of Proteins from Polyelectrolyte-Modified Anodized Titanium Surfaces for Implant Applications. Biomacromolecules, 13(10) 3120-3126.
  • Peterson, A., Kotthapalli, H., Rahmathullah, M.A., Palmese, G.R. (2012). Investigation of interpenetrating polymer networks for self-healing applications. Composites Science and Technology, 72(2) 330-336.
  • Pratama, P.A., Peterson, A., Palmese, G.R. (2012). Diffusion and Reaction Phenomena in Solution-Based Healing of Polymer Coatings Using the Diels-Alder Reaction. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 213(2) 173-181.
  • Mochalin, V.N., Neitzel, I., Etzold, B.J., Peterson, A., Palmese, G., Gogotsi, Y. (2011). Covalent Incorporation of Aminated Nanodiamond into an Epoxy Polymer Network. ACS Nano, 5(9) 7494-7502.
  • Peterson, A., Jensen, R.E., Palmese, G.R. (2011). Thermoreversible and remendable glass–polymer interface for fiber-reinforced composites. Composites Science and Technology, 71(5) 586-592.
  • Peterson, A., Jensen, R.E., Palmese, G.R. (2010). Reversibly Cross-Linked Polymer Gels as Healing Agents for Epoxy-Amine Thermosets. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2(7) 2170-2170.
  • Peterson, A., Palmese, G. (2009). Reversible Diels-Alder Cycloaddition for the Design of Multifunctional Network Polymers. Wiley

Selected Presentations

  • Assembly-Driven Tailoring of Layer-by-Layer Polymer Systems, November 2017 - Philadelphia, PA
  • Humidity History in Polyelectrolyte Complexes - 254th ACS National Meeting, August 2017 - Washington, DC
  • Growth factor releasing cell culture surfaces through polyelectrolyte multilayer modification - Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Gordon Research Conference, July 2017 - Holderness, NH
  • The Princess and the Pea Effect in Polyelectrolyte Multilayers Influence of the first layer on assembly and properties in the service of controlled cell function - Science of Adhesion Gordon Research Conference, July 2017 - South Hadley, MA
  • Thermal transitions in and structures of dried polyelectrolytes and polyelectrolyte complexes - Science of Adhesion Gordon Research Conference, July 2017 - South Hadley, MA
  • Experimental and Computational Approaches to Understanding Residual Stresses in Fused Deposition Modeling, July 2017 - Rocky Hill, CT

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Identification of Critical Performance Properties for Barrier Materials in Hot Sauce Packaging for Meals (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, K. (Principal)
  • Thermal Modeling of BAAM for Tailoring Residual Stresses and Strength Amount (2017), Grant - ONR, Code 332 Naval Materials
    Peterson, A. (Principal)
  • Self-healing coatings for steel-reinforced infrastructure (2014), Grant - EPA, P3
    Peterson, A. (Co-Principal), Sakulich, A. (Principal)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2012), Fellowship -
    Peterson, A.
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2008), Fellowship - National Science Foundation
    Peterson, A.
  • NSF IGERT Fellowship in Nanoscale Science & Engineering (2007), Fellowship - NSF IGERT
    Peterson, A.