Phillip A. Taylor is an incoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering starting Fall 2024. After obtaining a B.S.E. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016, he completed an M.S.E. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He then completed a Ph.D. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware under the direction of Professors Arthi Jayaraman and April M. Kloxin. He is currently conducting his postdoctoral research at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) at Sandia National Laboratories working with Drs. Gary Grest, Amalie Frischknecht, and Mark Stevens from 2022 – 2024.


Lab overview

The Taylor Lab uses molecular simulations, theory, and machine learning to study the structure and dynamics of soft materials. Using computational methods, we engineer, at the molecular level, multifunctional biomaterials for drug delivery, tissue engineering, and cell culture applications. Our research group’s approaches include the development of coarse-grained models to capture biopolymer dynamics using machine learning methods, combining molecular simulations with rheological models for property prediction, and probing the structure and thermodynamics of biomolecular self-assembly. Moreover, our research program guides collaborative, synthesis efforts of responsive biomaterials such as hydrogels with controllable, viscoelastic properties and stimuli-responsive nanoparticles.