Faculty Directory
Jeffrey Richards

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech E166
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-467-4641Email Jeffrey Richards


Richards Lab Website


Chemical and Biological Engineering


Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle WA - 2014

M.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle WA - 2011

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN - 2008

Research Interests

The Richards laboratory seeks to quantify the relationships linking the microscopic structure of multicomponent materials to their macroscopic properties. We are interested in exploiting these relationships to develop new materials that facilitate the generation, storage and transport of electrical charge. These materials form the basis of emerging technologies that address challenges associated with the transition to a renewable energy driven infrastructure.

Selected Publications

    Riley, J. K., Richards, J. J., Wagner, N. J. & Butler, P. D. Branching and alignment in reverse worm-like micelles studied with simultaneous dielectric spectroscopy and RheoSANS. Soft Matter 14, 5344–5355 (2018).

    López-Barrón, C. R., Zeng, Y. & Richards, J. J. Chain stretching and recoiling during startup and cessation of extensional flow of bidisperse polystyrene blends. J. Rheol. (N. Y. N. Y). 61, 697–710 (2017).

    Richards, J. J.
    , Gagnon, C. V. L., Krzywon, J. R., Wagner, N. J. & Butler, P. D. Dielectric RheoSANS - Simultaneous Interrogation of Impedance, Rheology and Small Angle Neutron Scattering of Complex Fluids. J. Vis. Exp. 122, e55318–e55318 (2017).

    Richards, J. J.
    , Hipp, J. B., Riley, J. K., Wagner, N. J. & Butler, P. D. Clustering and Percolation in Suspensions of Carbon Black. Langmuir 33, 12260–12266 (2017).

    Richards, J. J.
    , Wagner, N. J. & Butler, P. D. A strain-controlled RheoSANS instrument for the measurement of the microstructural, electrical, and mechanical properties of soft materials. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 88, 105115 (2017).

    Richards, J. J.
    , Scherbarth, A. D., Wagner, N. J. & Butler, P. D. Mixed Ionic/Electronic Conducting Surface Layers Adsorbed on Colloidal Silica for Flow Battery Applications. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 8, 24089–24096 (2016).

    Richards, J. J.
    , Whittle, C. L., Shao, G. & Pozzo, L. D. Correlating structure and photocurrent for composite semiconducting nanoparticles with contrast variation small-Angle neutron scattering and photoconductive atomic force microscopy. ACS Nano 8, 4313–4324 (2014).

    Richards, J. J.
    et al. Modification of PCBM Crystallization via Incorporation of C 60 in Polymer/Fullerene Solar Cells. Adv. Funct. Mater. 23, 514–522 (2013).

    Richards, J. J.
    , Weigandt, K. M. & Pozzo, D. C. Aqueous dispersions of colloidal poly(3-hexylthiophene) gel particles with high internal porosity. J. Colloid Interface Sci. 364, 341–350 (2011).