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Amy Peterson

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Life Sciences & Bioengineering Center, Gateway Park I: GP4002
Phone: +1-508-831-6029

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Amy M Peterson

I am excited to be working at WPI. I appreciate the focus on project-based learning and I really enjoy mentoring students in the lab and in the classroom. My research is focused on functional polymer and composite surfaces, particularly for biomedical applications. I received my BS and PhD from Drexel University. My graduate research was focused on developing self-healing polymer composites using a thermoreversible form of the Diels-Alder reaction. Both polymer-phase and interfacial healing were achieved through compatible functionalization of the polymer and either a solvent-based healing agent or the surface of the reinforcing fibers. After completing my PhD, I moved to Germany to perform my postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces. There, I worked on coatings for titanium implants capable of controlled release of growth factor.

Research Interests

  • Polymer Physics
  • Biomaterials
  • Interfacial Science
  • Multifunctional/Smart Materials
  • Composites


  • BS, Drexel University, 2007
  • PhD, Drexel University, 2011
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, 2011-2013

Featured Publications

  • Peterson, A. M.; Shchukin, D. G.; Möhwald, H. pH-controlled release of proteins from polyelectrolyte-modified anodized titanium surfaces for implant applications, Biomacromolecules 2012, 13(10), 3120-3126.
  • Peterson, A. M.; Palmese, G. R. Reaction Kinetics and thermodynamic aspects of reversibly cross-linked polymer networks, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 2013, DOI:10.1002/macp201300334.
  • Peterson, A. M.; Jensen, R. E.; Palmese, G. R. Thermoreversible and Remendable Glass-Polymer Interface for Fiber-Reinforced Composites, Composites Science and Technology 2011, 71(5), 586-592.
  • Peterson, A. M.; Jensen, R. E.; Palmese, G. R. Room Temperature Autonomic Healing Polymer System Using the Diels-Alder Reaction, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2010, 2(4), 1141-1149.
  • Peterson, A. M.; Jensen, R. E.; Palmese, G. R. Reversibly Cross-Linked Polymer Gels as Healing Agents for Epoxy-Amine Thermosets, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2009, 1(5), 992-995.

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Professional Highlights

  • Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2012
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2008
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