Faculty & Staff

Dr. Ryan Toomey

Ryan Toomey

Professor of chemical, biological, and materials engineering

Phone: 813-974-9164 | Office: ENC 3503

Email: toomey@usf.edu

Research cluster: Advanced Materials

Honors & Awards

  • 2010 USF Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2008 USF Outstanding Achievement in Research Award
  • 2005 Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award

Education & Training

Postdoctoral appointment, Institute of Microsystems Technology (IMTEK), Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg

PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota

BS, Chemical Engineering, UC Berkeley

Research Overview: Polymeric and soft materials

Our research is in the area of polymers and gels, especially the physics of polymers that deform or respond to external stimuli, including electric, magnetic, and thermal cues, with the goal of developing materials that adapt and respond to their environment. Specific research areas include the following:

  • Responsive hydrogel textures for cell printing
  • Physics of ultra thin film coatings (< 100 nm)
  • Natural materials for thin film coatings