Padma Gopalan


Padma Gopalan




  • Developed a new class of coatings to enable self-assembly of block copolymers in thin-films.

  • Developed self-assembling block copolymer materials that can self-assemble in sub-5 nm length scale and also possess the right etch characteristics for pattern transfer.

  • Developed degradable conjugated polymers that can sort semi-conducting single walled carbon nanotubes, can assemble them in arrays and can be removed from devices to maximize performance.


Ph.D. Chemistry, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

2001 - 2003

Post-doctoral member of Technical Staff, Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, NJ, USA

2003 - current

Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

2018 -

Specially Appointed Professor, School of Materials and Chemical Technology,Tokyo Institute of Technology


National Science Foundation, CAREER award


Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Self-Assembly and Post-Fabrication Functionalization of Microphase Separated Thin Films of a Reactive Azlactone-Containing Block Copolymer. Choi, J. W.; Carter, M. C. D.; Wei, W.; Kanimozi, C.; SpeetjensII, F. W.; Mahanthappa, M. K.; Lynn, D. M.; Gopalan, P. Macromolecules2016, 49, 8177.

Surface functionalization and dynamics of polymeric cell culture substrates. Krutty, J. D.; Schmitt, S. K.; Gopalan, P; Murphy, W. L. Current Opinion in Biotechnology2016, 40, 164-169.

Quasi-Ballistic Carbon Nanotube Array Transistors with Current Density Exceeding Si and GaAs. Brady, G. J.; Way, A. J.; Safron, N. S.; Evensen, H. T.; Gopalan, P.; Arnold, M. S. Science Advances2016, 2, e1601240.

Isomeric Effect Enabled Thermally Driven Self-Assembly of Hydroxystyrene-Based Block Copolymers. Kanimozhi, C.; Kim, M.; Larson, S. R.; Choi, J. W.; Choo, Y.; Sweat, D. P.; Osuji, C. O.; Gopalan, P. ACS Macro Lett., 2016, 5, 833-838

10. Effect of Dipolar Molecule Structure on the Mechanism of Graphene-Enhanced Raman Scattering. Joo, Y.; Kim, M.; Kanimozhi, C.; Huang, P.; Wong, B. M.; Roy, S. S.; Arnold, M. S.; Gopalan, P. J. Phys. Chem. C2016, 120, 13815-13824.


Selective growth of strained (In)GaAs quantum dots on GaAs substrates employing diblock copolymer lithography nanopatterning. Honghyuk Kim, Jonathan Choi, Zachary Lingley, Miles Brodie, Yongkun Sin, Thomas F. Kuech, Padma Gopalan, Luke J. Mawst. Journal of Crystal Growth2017, 465, 48–54.

Optically Reconfigurable Monolayer of Azobenzene Donor Molecules on Oxide Surfaces. McElhinny, K. M.; Huang, P.; Joo, Y.; Kanimozhi, C.; Lakkham, A.; Sakurai, K.; Evans, P. G.; Gopalan, P. Langmuir2017, 33 (9), 2157–2168.


Photoisomerization Dynamics in a Densely Packed Optically Transformable Azobenzene Monolayer. McElhinny, K. M.; Park, J.; Ahn, Y.; Huang, P.; Joo, Y.; Lakkham, A.; Pateras, H.; Wen, H.; Gopalan, P.; Evans, P. G. Langmuir2018, 34 (37), 10828–10836.

Self-Assembly of an Ultrahigh-χ Block Copolymer with Versatile Etch Selectivity. Azuma, K.; Sun, J.; Choo, Y.; Rokhlenko, Y.; Dwyer, J. H.; Schweitzer, B.; Hayakawa, T.; Osuji, C. O.; Gopalan, P. Macromolecules2018, 51, 6460-6467.

Exploring Electronic Structure and Order in Polymers via Single-Particle Microresonator Spectroscopy. Horak, E. H.; Rea, M. T.; Heylman, K. D.; Gelbwaser-Klimovsky, D.; Saikin, S. K.; Thompson, B. J.; Kohler, D. D.; Knapper, K. A.; Wei, W.; Pan, F.; Gopalan, P; Wright, J. C.; Aspuru-Guzik, A.; Goldsmith, R. H. Nano Letters2018, 18, 1600-1607.