Brian Love


2046 H.H. Dow
T: (734) 763-2013






B.S. Chemistry, University of Illinois, 1984
M.S. Metallurgical Engineering (Polymers), University of Illinois, 1986
Ph.D., Applied Science (Materials Science), Southern Methodist University, 1990



Our laboratory is focused on several themes:

  1. characterizing the structure/properties of soft gels. Here we probe the kinetics of polymerization and tracking thermophysical changes in resin attributes as a function of conversion or hydration. We have been working actively on dewatering strategies and other gel aging features. This element also includes dynamic modeling.
  2. dispersions has focused on how particle dynamics in solution, stratification phenomena, adsorption phenomena on particles in dispersions, and particle-particle interactions are affected when ensembles of particles are dispersed in solution.
  3. the phase structure, stability, and driving force for ordering in aqueous amphiphilic copolymers solutions and dispersions, coupled with more detailed studies of micelle formation, short range ordering, etc. These structures are often used as surfactants to solubilize drugs for liquid dispensing. Experimental work has included rheology, DSC, and SAXS.
  4. biomass conversion linked with recycling, life cycle assessments, and sustainable production methods. Here, we are focused internationally, with project ideas linked with natural fiber extraction and reprocessing.


1993-2007: Professor, Dept of Materials Science and Engineering, Virginia Tech
2004-2007: Adjunct Professor, Dept of Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech
2001-2007: Core Faculty and Professor, Virginia Tech/Wake Forest School for Biomedical Engineering
Other adjunct appointments:
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Georgetown School of Medicine
1991-1993: NIH Postdoctoral Training Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology, Department of Materials Engineering, Atlanta, GA
1996-1990: Process Engineer, Texas Instruments: Defense Systems and Electronics Group, Dallas, TX


Nominee, WL Wine Award for Teaching Excellence, 2007
Dean's list for Teaching Excellence based on Student perceptions at Virginia Tech: 2004, 2002, 1998, 1994
Visiting Professorship, Universite Claude Bernard, LYON France, 1996, 1999
NIH Post-docotoral Fellowship, 1991-1993
Editorial Boards

  • Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, 2002-present
  • Journal of Adhesion, 2003-present