Dr. Chelsea Davis’s research focuses on the surface and interfacial mechanics of soft matter. Utilizing mechanoresponsive fluorescent sensors coupled with established mechanical properties characterization methods, her work seeks to further our understanding of contact formation and separation mechanisms between dissimilar materials. Potential applications of her research are self-reporting damage sensors for fiber reinforced composite systems and adhesion control/enhancement of thin film polymer coatings on metal and ceramic parts for corrosion resistance.
Dr. Davis received a B.S. in Textile Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2005. She then obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2007 and 2012, respectively, supervised by Dr. Alfred Crosby. From 2012-2013, Dr. Davis was a Michelin Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the ESPCI ParisTech working with Dr. Costantino Creton and Dr. Anke Lindner. She went on to complete a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Polymers and Complex Fluids Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with Dr. Jeffrey Gilman from 2013-2015. Dr. Davis then transitioned to the role of Materials Research Engineer within the Materials Science and Engineering Division at NIST. In January 2017, she joined the faculty of the School of Materials Engineering at Purdue University as an assistant professor.