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Matthew D. Eaton, Ph.D.

Department of Natural Sciences


B.S. in Chemistry, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 2015
Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA, 2020

Practice Areas

  • Matt's thesis work focused on the measurement of local, nanoscale mechanical and fracture properties of polymers, polymer blends, and polymer composites using characterization tools such as atomic force microscopy, nanoindentation, quasi-static toughness testing, dynamic mechanical analysis, and high-frequency rheometry.
  • Currently, he researches the mechanical properties of ring-functionalized carbon nanotube polymer composites at IMDEA Nanocienca as a postdoctoral researcher in order to develop high performance polymer composites.

Publications and Media Placements

Xu, W., Eaton, M.D., Moreno-Da Silva, S., Pérez, E.M., "Fluorescent and UV-shielding dual-functional epoxy enabled by reactive addition of 9-anthracenemethoxyl glycidyl ether," RSC Adv. 2021 Nov. 16; 11(58):36719-36725. DOI: 10.1039/d1ra07433d

Eaton, M.D., Domene-López, D., Wang, Q., Mercedes García-Montalbán, M., Martin-Gullon, I., Shull, K.R., "Exploring the Effect of Humidity on Thermoplastic Starch Films using the Quartz Crystal Microbalance," Carbohydrate Polymers 261 (2021), p. 117727. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2021.117727

Eaton, M.D., Brinson, L.C., Shull, K.R., "Temperature Dependent Fracture Behavior in Model Epoxy Networks with Nanoscale Heterogeneity," Polymer 221 (2021), p. 123560. DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2021.123560

Collinson, D.W., Eaton, M.D., Shull, K.R., Brinson, L.C.. "Deconvolution of Stress Interaction Effects from Atomic Force Spectroscopy Data across Polymer-Particle Interfaces", Macromolecules 52, 22 (2019), pp. 8940-8955. DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.9b01378

Kolluru, P.V., Eaton, M.D., Collinson, D.W., Cheng, X., Delgado, D., Shull, K.R., Brinson, L.C., "An AFM Based Fast Dynamic Scanning Indentation (DSI) Experiments for Direct, High Resolution Quantitative Spatial Mapping of Local Viscoelastic Properties," Macromolecules 51, 21 (2018), pp. 8964-8978. DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.8b01426

El-Kadri, O.M., Siddique, A.A., Eaton, M.D., Nath, N.K., "2Synthesis and characterization of two dioxidomolybdenum (VI) complexes bearing amidinato and pyrazolato ligands and their use in thin film growth and oxygen atom transfer reactions," Polyhedron 147 (2018) 36-41. DOI: 10.1016/j.poly.2018.03.009

Professional Organizations and Associations

Postdoctoral Researcher at IMDEA Nanociencia.

2016 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Awardee.