Dean Waldow, Professor of Chemistry
This site hosts information about my teaching and undergraduate research projects. My teaching typically is either in physical chemistry related upper division courses or general chemistry in the lower division. I teach a macromolecules related course every other year and instrumental analysis. All of these courses have lab components, and I also contribute to staffing the open laboratory.
My research group primarily studies the compatibilization of polymer blends with added copolymers are different topology and composition. We utilize a variety of techniques including atomic force microscopy, light scattering, and small angle neutron scattering to name a few. We also have interest in local polymer dynamics mostly in copolymers. I am grateful to the various sponsors of these research projects over the years. Please visit the 'Research Sponsors' page to learn more about those funding agencies.
I typically mentor 2-4 students a year in a variety of research projects. Students can work on projects ranging from synthesis to physical chemistry of polymers using both experimental and computer simulation techniques. If you are a PLU student and interested in research, please stop by and I can describe my research. If you are interested in working on one of the projects, there are a number possibilities where that can happen. Students can work during the academic year or apply for a research stipend during the summer.