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Margaret Sobkowicz Kline

MEG SOBKOWICZ-KLINE, PLASTICS ENGINEERING, CLIMATE CHANGE INITIATIVE, HEROES, ADVANCE, WAVES  Assistant Professor
Margaret J SobkowiczAssistant Professor

Research Interests

Renewable Polymers, Plastics Processing, Rheology, Organic Electronics, Green Chemistry

Polymer Nanocomposites, Functional Coatings, Plastics Recycling, Biomaterials, Climate Change

Education

  • Ph D: Chemical Engineering, (2010), Colorado School of Mines - Golden, CO
    Supporting Area: Polymer Science
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Sustainable Polymer Nanocomposites with Carbon Nanostructures: Synthesis and Properties
  • BS: Chemical Engineering, (2001), Columbia University - New York, NY

Biography

Meg Sobkowicz Kline was born and raised in Massachusetts. During her undergraduate studies at Columbia University she discovered her interest in human impacts on the planet through a summer course on ecology at the Biosphere II facility in southern Arizona. She worked as a field engineer in the petroleum industry and in the municipal water treatment industry in New Mexico and Colorado before returning to school to complete her doctorate with Professor John Dorgan in the area of renewable polymer nanocomposites. Following her graduate studies she accepted a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland to research polymeric materials for photovoltaic applications. She joined the Plastics Engineering Department in 2011.

Awards and Honors

  • Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation Fellow
  • 2015 Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence (2015), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • CAREER Award (2014), Scholarship/Research - National Science Foundation
  • Arthur B. Sacks Award (2010)
  • POLY division graduate student travel award (2009) - ACS National Spring Meeting
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Associateship Award (2009)
  • ACS Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference top poster travel award (2007)
  • Bioenvironmental Polymer Society graduate student travel award (2007)
  • Colorado School of Mines Graduate Student Research Fair top doctoral candidate (2007)

Publications

  • Gug, J. (UMass Lowell), Tan, B. (UMass Lowell), Soule, J. (UMass Lowell), Downie, M. (UMass Lowell), Barrington, J. (UMass Lowell), Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (2017) "Analysis of models predicting morphology transitions in reactive twin-screw extrusion of bio-based polyester/polyamide blends," International Polymer Processing 32:3 pp. 363-377
  • Farahanchi, A. (UMass Lowell), Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (2017) "Kinetic and process modeling of thermal and mechanical degradation in ultrahigh speed twin screw extrusion," Polymer Degradation and Stability 138: pp. 40-46
  • Tan, B. (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Bi, S. (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Emery, K. (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (2017) "Bio-based Poly(butylene succinate-co-hexamethylene succinate) Copolyesters with Tunable Thermal and Mechanical Properties," European Polymer Journal 86 pp. 162-172
  • Hassan, S., Anandakathir, R., Sobkowicz Kline, M.J., Budhlall, B. (2016) "Tuning oxygen permeability in azobenzene-containing side-chain liquid crystalline polymers," Polymer Chemistry 7:7 pp. 1452-1460
  • Jahir Hussain, A. (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Alahyari, A.A. (United Technologies Research Center), Eastman, S.A. (United Technologies Research Center), Thibaud-Erkey, C. (United Technologies Research Center), Johnston, S.P., Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (2016) "Review of polymers for heat exchanger applications: Factors concerning thermal conductivity," Applied Thermal Engineering 113: pp. 1118-1127
  • Farahanchi, A., Malloy, R.A., Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (2016) "Effects of ultrahigh speed twin screw extrusion on the thermal and mechanical degradation of polystyrene.," Polymer Engineering & Science!!! 56:7 pp. 743-751
  • Farahanchi, A. (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Malloy, R.A., Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (2016) "Effects of Ultra-High Speed Twin Screw Extrusion on the Thermal and Mechanical Degradation of Polystyrene ," Polymer Engineering and Science 56:7 pp. 743-751
  • Chen, X. (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Sobkowicz Kline, M.J., (2016) "Decoupling the Effects of Screw Speed and Particle Surface Functionality on the Filler Suspension State in PBS/Fumed Silica Nanocomposites," Journal of Polymer Science B: Polymer Physics 54: pp. 1820-1824
  • Tan, B. (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Li, Y. (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Palacios, M. (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Therrien, J.M., Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (2016) "Effect of surfactant conjugation on structure and properties of poly (3-hexylthiophene) colloids and field effect transistors," Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 488: pp. 7-14
  • Sobkowicz Kline, M.J., Gug, J. (University of Massachusetts Lowell) (2016) "Improvement of the mechanical behavior of bioplastic poly (lactic acid)/polyamide blends by reactive compatibilization," Journal of Applied Polymer Science 133:45 pp. 43350
  • Chen, X. (University of Massachusetts Lowell) (2015) "Modeling Confinement in Polymer Nanocomposites from Linear Viscoelasticity Data," Rheologica Acta 54:9 pp. 847 - 857
  • Chen, X. (University of Massachusetts Lowell) (2015) "Shear-Induced Reinforcement Effect in Polymer/Fumed Silica Nanocomposites," Macromolecular Materials and Engineering 300:10 pp. 960-965
  • Gug, J. (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Cacciola, D. (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Sobkowicz, M.J. (University of Massachusetts Lowell) (2015) "Processing and properties of a solid energy fuel from municipal solid waste (MSW) and recycled plastics," Waste Management 35: pp. 283-292
  • Chen, X. (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Tan, B. (University of Massachusetts Lowell), SobkowiczKline, M.J. (2014) "Morphological and rheological properties of PBS/silica nanocomposite manufactured using a high-speed twin-screw compounder," ANTEC 2014. Proceedings of the 72nd SPE Annual Technical Conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 28-30 April 2014
  • Dorgan, J.R., Sobkowicz, M.J., Liu, B., Sosa, R., Braun, B., Hollingsworth, L. (2014) "Supramolecular EcoBioNanocomposites incorporating stereocomplexation (slides only),"
  • Chen, X. (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Gug, J. (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (2014) "Role of Polymer/Filler Interaction in the Linear Viscoelasticity of Poly(butylenesuccinate)/Fumed Silica Nanocomposite," Composites Science and Technology 95: pp. 8-15
  • Sobkowicz Kline, M.J., Palacios, M., Tan, B. (2014) "Aqueous Colloidal Suspensions of Polymers for Conformal Coatings," ANTEC Society of Plastic Engineers Annual Conference Proceedings
  • Chen, X., Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (2014) "Morphological and Rheological Properties of PBS/silia nanocomposite manufactured using a high-speed twin screw compounder," ANTEC Society of Plastic Engineers Annual Conference Proceedings
  • Sobkowicz Kline, M.J., Jones, R.L., Kline, R.J., DeLongchamp, D.M. (2012) "Solvent Studies for Solution Processing of Polymer-Fullerene Bulk Heterojunctions," Bulletin of the American Physical Society 57:
  • Sobkowicz Kline, M.J., Jones, R.L., Kline, R.J., DeLongchamp, D.M. (2011) "Effect of Fullerenes on Crystallization-Induced Aggregation in Polymer Photovoltaics Casting Solutions," Macromolecules 45:2 pp. 1046-1055
  • Sobkowicz Kline, M.J., Jones, R., Kline, R.J., DeLongchamp, D. (2011) "Kinetics of Structure Formation in Polymer-Fullerene Solutions for Organic Photovoltaics," Bulletin of the American Physical Society 56:
  • Sobkowicz Kline, M.J., White, F.A., Dorgan, J.R. (2011) "SUPRAMOLECULAR BIONANOCOMPOSITES 3: EFFECTS OF SURFACE FUNCTIONALITY ON ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL PERCOLATION," Journal of Applied Polymer Science 122:4 pp. 2563-2572
  • Sobkowicz Kline, M.J., Sosa, R., Dorgan, J.R. (2011) "SUPRAMOLECULAR BIONANOCOMPOSITES, PART 2: EFFECTS OF CARBON NANOPARTICLE SURFACE FUNCTIONALITY ON POLYLACTIDE CRYSTALLIZATION," Journal of Applied Polymer Science 121:4 pp. 2029-2038
  • Sobkowicz Kline, M.J., Dorgan, J.R., Gneshin, K.W., Herring, A.M., McKinnon, J.T. (2009) "Carbon Nanostructures for Applications in Biopolymer Nanocomposites: Functionalization Strategies," Polymer Preprints 50:1 pp. 451
  • Sobkowicz Kline, M.J., Dorgan, J.R., Gneshin, K.W., Herring, A.M., McKinnon, J.T. (2009) "Controlled dispersion of carbon nanospheres through surface functionalization," Carbon 47:3 pp. 622-628
  • Sobkowicz Kline, M.J., Braun, B., Dorgan, J.R. (2009) "Decorating in green: surface esterification of carbon and cellulosic nanoparticlesElectronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details. See DOI: 10.1039/b817223d," Green Chemistry 11:5 pp. 680-682
  • Sobkowicz Kline, M.J., Feaver, J.L., Dorgan, J.A. (2008) "Clean and Green Bioplastic Composites: Comparison of Calcium Sulfate and Carbon Nanospheres in Polylactide Composites," CLEAN: Soil, Air, Water 36:8 pp. 706-713
  • Sobkowicz Kline, M.J., Dorgan, J.R., Gneshin, K.W., Herring, A.M., McKinnon, J. (2008) "Renewable Cellulose Derived Carbon Nanospheres as Nucleating Agents for Polylactide and Polypropylene," Journal of Polymers and the Environment 16:2 pp. 131-140

Presentations

  • Aqueous Colloidal Suspensions of Polymers for Conformal Coatings - Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference, April 2014 - Las Vegas, NV
  • Biobased Plastics and Recycling Options in the Plastics Industry - Society of Plastics Engineers Pioneer Valley/Eastern New England Chapter Meeting, April 2013
  • Thermal and Rheological Investigation of Surface Interactions in Poly(butylene succinate) Nanocomposites - Materials Research Society Fall National Meeting, November 2012 - Boston, MA
  • Processing of Nanostructured Polymers for Sustainable Applications - Northeastern University Mechanical Engineering Lecture Series, November 2012
  • Solvent studies for solution processing of polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunctions - American Physical Society Spring National Meeting, March 2012 - Boston, MA
  • Structural study of polymer-fullerene solutions for organic photovoltaics - Sukant Tripathy Annual Memorial Symposium, December 2011 - UMass Lowell
  • Stability and structure of casting solutions for polymer photovoltaics - Materials Research Society Fall National Meeting, November 2011 - Boston, MA
  • Nanostructured materials for sustainability - UMass Lowell Faculty Research Symposium, October 2011
  • Sobkowicz MJ, Jones RL, Kline RJ, DeLongchamp DM; Kinetics of structure formation in polymer-fullerene solutions for organic photovoltaics - American Physical Society Spring National Meeting, March 2011 - Dallas, TX
  • Sobkowicz MJ, Jones RL, Kline RJ, DeLongchamp DM; Structural Study of Poly(alkylthiophene)-Fullerene Bulk Heterojunctions Using Neutron Scattering - Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, December 2010 - Boston, MA
  • Sobkowicz MJ, Dorgan JR, Gneshin KW, Herring AM, and McKinnon TJ; Renewable polymer nanocomposites with carbon nanostructures: Functionalization strategies - National Science Foundation Engineering Research and Innovation Conference, June 2009 - Honolulu, HI
  • Sobkowicz MJ, Dorgan JR, Gneshin KW, Herring AM, and McKinnon TJ; Carbon nanostructures for applications in biopolymer nanocomposites: Functionalization strategies - American Chemical Society Spring National Meeting, March 2009 - Salt Lake City, UT
  • Sobkowicz MJ, Dorgan JR, Gneshin KW, Herring AM, and McKinnon TJ; Renewable carbon nanostructures and their application in polylactide nanocomposites - Bioenvironmental Polymer Society Annual Meeting, October 2008 - Nashua, NH
  • Sobkowicz MJ, Dorgan JR, Gneshin KW, Herring AM, and McKinnon TJ; Renewable carbon nanosphere functionalization for applications in polymer nanocomposites - American Chemical Society Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference, June 2008 - Washington, D.C.
  • Sobkowicz MJ, Dorgan JR, Gneshin KW, Herring AM, and McKinnon TJ; Renewable plastic composites with carbon nanospheres derived from cellulose - Colorado Center for Biofuels and Biorefining Spring Meeting, April 2008 - Golden, CO
  • Sobkowicz MJ, Dorgan JR, Gneshin KW, Herring AM, and McKinnon TJ; Surface functionalization of renewable carbon nanospheres for applications in polymer nanocomposites - 3rd Conference on Interfaces and Interphases in Multicomponent Materials, March 2008 - Sonoma, CA
  • Sobkowicz MJ, Dorgan JR, Gneshin KW, Herring AM, and McKinnon TJ; Biobased carbon nanospheres for polylactide nanocomposites - Bioenvironmental Polymer Society Annual Meeting, October 2007 - Vancouver, WA
  • Dorgan JR, Braun B, Sobkowicz MJ, and Gneshin KW; Nanocomposites from renewable resources - American Chemical Society Fall National Meeting, August 2007 - Boston, MA
  • Sobkowicz MJ, Dorgan JR, Gneshin KW, Herring AM, and McKinnon TJ; Green nanocomposites with carbon nanospheres derived from cellulose - Rocky Mountain Regional ACS/AIChE Annual Meeting, August 2007 - Denver, CO
  • Sobkowicz MJ, Dorgan JR, Gneshin KW, Herring AM, and McKinnon TJ; Polylactide nanocomposites containing carbon nanospheres derived from cellulose - American Chemical Society Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference, June 2007 - Washington, D.C.
  • Sobkowicz MJ, Dorgan JR, Gneshin KW, Herring AM, and McKinnon TJ; Carbon nanospheres produced from cellulose: Composite applications - American Institute of Chemical Engineers Fall Meeting, November 2006 - San Francisco, CA
  • Sobkowicz MJ, Dorgan JR, Gneshin KW, Herring AM, and McKinnon TJ; Novel carbon nanospheres derived from cellulose - Bioenvironmental Polymer Society Annual Meeting, October 2006 - Chicago, IL

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • ADVANCE Institutional Transformation at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (2016), Grant - National Science Foundation
    Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (Co-Principal), Bond, M.A. (Co-Principal), Moloney, J. (Principal), Ruths, M. (Co-Principal), Chen, J. (Co-Principal)
  • CAREER: High speed reactive extrusion for stabilized and toughened renewable (2014), Grant -
    Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (Principal)
  • Directed Assembly of Colloids for Nanomanufacturing Hierarchically Ordered Electronic Films (2015), Grant - National Science Foundation
    Sobkowicz Kline, M.J., Budhlall, B.
  • Material Compatibility with Representative Product Formulations (2016), Contract - Estee Lauder Corporation
    Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (Principal)
  • Advanced Materials and Processing for Improving Soldier Protection – Biobased, Biodegradable Latex Paper Coatings (2015), Grant - US Army
    Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (Principal), Nagarajan, R. (Co-Principal)
  • Polymer material processing and sub-scale component fabrication for polymer heat exchangers (2015), Grant - United Technologies Research Center
    Sobkowicz Kline, M.J., Johnston, S.P.
  • BRIGE: Combining High Speed Extrusion and Nanoscale Interactions for Efficient Pr (2013), Grant -
    Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (Principal)
  • Elimination of Organic Solvents in Biobased, Biodegradable Latex Coatings (2014), Grant - Toxics Use Reduction Institute
    Sobkowicz Kline, M.J.
  • Processing Trials of Thermoplastic Polyurethanes (2014), Grant - United Technologies Research Center
    Johnston, S.P., Sobkowicz Kline, M.J.
  • Member of Industry & Cooperative Research Center for Bioplastics & Biocomposites (2014), - NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
    Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (Principal)
  • Blown Film Processing of Polyethylene (2014), Grant - Braskem America
    Sobkowicz Kline, M.J.
  • Ares G2 Rheometry Analysis (2014), -
    Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (Principal)
  • PVDF Terpolymer Thin-Films (2014), -
    Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (Principal)
  • Reactive Extrusion on Biopolymer Candidates (2014), Grant -
    Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (Principal)
  • Collaborative Research: Planning Grant: I/UCRC for Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (2013), - Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships, National Science Foundation
    Schmidt, D. (Co-Principal), Sobkowicz Kline, M.J., Reynaud, E., Nagarajan, R., McCarthy, S.P.
  • Dispersion Trial of Graphene in Polymer Compound (2013), -
    Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (Principal)
  • Nanocomposite Formulations (2013), -
    Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (Principal)
  • Design of Micro-capability Heat Exchanger Module (2013), Grant - WaterFX Inc.
    Johnston, S.P., Sobkowicz Kline, M.J.
  • Recycled Waste Plastic Processing and Analysis for Energy Applications (2012), -
    Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (Principal)
  • Understand Efficacy of Mixer Type & Capacity and Understand Fluid Compositional S (2012), -
    Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (Principal)
  • Extrusion Processability of Formulation using the Brabender Torque Rheometer (2012), -
    Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (Principal)