Thomas H. Epps

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Hydrologic monitoring was conducted in two first-order lower coastal plain watersheds in South Carolina, United States, a region with increasing growth and land use change. Storm events over a three-year period were analyzed for direct runoff coefficients (ROC) and the total storm response (TSR) as percent rainfall. ROC calculations utilized an empirical(More)
Block polymers (BPs) derived from biomass (biobased) are necessary components of a sustainable future that relies minimally on petroleum-based plastics for applications ranging from thermoplastic elastomers and pressure-sensitive adhesives to blend compatibilizers. To facilitate their adoption, renewable BPs must be affordable, durable, processable,(More)
Solvent vapor annealing (SVA) with solvent mixtures is a promising approach for controlling block copolymer thin film self-assembly. In this work, we present the design and fabrication of a solvent-resistant microfluidic mixing device to produce discrete SVA gradients in solvent composition and/or total solvent concentration. Using this device, we(More)
We report the use of a gradient library approach to characterize the structure and behavior of thin films of a thermally responsive block copolymer (BCP), poly(styrene-b-tert-butyl acrylate) (PS-b-PtBA), which exhibits chemical deprotection and morphological changes above a thermal threshold. Continuous gradients in temperature and film thickness, as well(More)
Nanoscale self-assembly of block copolymer thin films has garnered significant research interest for nanotemplate design and membrane applications. To fulfill these roles, control of thin film morphology and orientation is critical. Solvent vapor annealing (SVA) treatments can be used to kinetically trap morphologies in thin films not achievable by(More)
Stimuli-responsive polymeric materials is one of the fastest growing fields of the 21st century, with the annual number of papers published more than quadrupling in the last ten years. The responsiveness of polymer solution assemblies and surfaces to biological stimuli (e.g. pH, reduction-oxidation, enzymes, glucose) and externally applied triggers (e.g.(More)
A gradient combinatorial approach was used to examine the effect of substrate surface energy on the morphology and stability of films of a poly(isoprene-b-styrene-b-ethylene oxide) triblock copolymer that exhibits an alternating gyroid morphology in the bulk. Atomic force microscopy data across our surface energy (water contact angle) library suggest a(More)
We report a strategy for generating novel dual-tapered poly(isoprene-b-isoprene/styrene-b-styrene-b-styrene/methyl methacrylate-b-methyl methacrylate) [P(I-IS-S-SM-M)] triblock copolymers that combines anionic polymerization, atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), and Huisgen 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition click chemistry. The tapered interfaces between(More)
X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) depth profiling with C60(+) sputtering was used to resolve the lithium-ion distribution in the nanometer-scale domain structures of block polymer electrolyte thin films. The electrolytes of interest are mixtures of lithium trifluoromethanesulfonate and lamellar-forming polystyrene-poly(oligo(oxyethylene)methacrylate)(More)