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Laura Clarke

Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor

Riddick Hall 143



Professor Clarke received her PhD in physics from the University of Oregon in December 1998. She had a brief postdoctoral position with Dartmouth College and then was a research assistant from 1999 to 2003 at the University of Colorado. She joined the NC State University physics department as an assistant professor in August of 2003.


Research Description

Her work focuses on sensitive electrical and optical measurements of nanostructured materials. In particular, she is interested in observing low energy molecular motion within self assembled monolayers and polymers, including two-dimensional phase transitions within monolayer films. Another portion of her laboratory studies conductance through nanocomposite systems formed by mixing conducting and insulating materials.  


Complete list of publications

Selected Publications

Photothermally-driven thermo-oxidative degradation of low density polyethylene: heterogeneous heating plus a complex reaction leads to homogeneous chemistry
Gabriel Firestone, Honglu Huang, Jason R Bochinski, Laura I Clarke
Nanotechnology, Volume: 30, Issue:47, (2019), 475706, doi:10.1088/1361-6528/ab3bc0

Facile measurement of surface heat loss from polymer thin films via fluorescence thermometry
G Firestone, JR Bochinski, JS Meth, LI Clarke
Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, 56 (8), (2018), 643-652

In situ curing of liquid epoxy via gold-nanoparticle mediated photothermal heating
J Dong, GE Firestone, JR Bochinski, LI Clarke, RE Gorga
Nanotechnology, 28 (6), (2017), 065601

Enhanced crystallinity of polymer nanofibers without loss of nanofibrous morphology via heterogeneous photothermal annealing
Viswanath, V., Maity, S., Bochinski, J. R., Clarke, L. I., and Gorga, R. E.
Macromolecules, 49, (2016), 9484

Effect of constrained annealing on the mechanical properties of electrospun poly(ethylene oxide) webs containing multiwalled carbon nanotubes
Jiaxing Bao, L. I. Clarke, and R. E. Gorga
J. Polym. Sci. Part B: Polymer Physics, 54, (2015), 787

Unconfined, melt edge electrospinning from multiple, spontaneous, self-organized polymer jets
Q.-Q. Wang, C. K. Curtis, N. M. Thoppey, J. R. Bochinski, R. E. Gorga, and L. I. Clarke
Materials Research Express, 1, (2014), 045304

Spatial Temperature Mapping within Polymer Nanocomposites Undergoing Ultrafast Photothermal Heating via Gold Nanorods
S. Maity, W-C. Wu, C. Xu, J. B. Tracy, K. Gundogdu, J. R. Bochinski, and L. I. Clarke
Nanoscale, 6, (2014), 15236

Control of the electric field-polymer solution interaction by utilizing ultra-conductive fluids
N. M. Thoppey, R. E. Gorga, L. I. Clarke, and J. R. Bochinski
Polymer, 55, (2014), 15236

Anisotropic Thermal Processing of Polymer Nanocomposites via the Photothermal Effect of Gold Nanorod
S. Maity, K. A. Kozek, W-C. Wu, J. B. Tracy, J. R. Bochinski, and L. I. Clarke
Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, 30, (2013), 193

Maximizing spontaneous jet density and nanofiber quality in unconfined electrospinning: the role of inter-jet interactions
M. P. Roman, N. M. Thoppey, R. E. Gorga, J. R. Bochinski, and L. I. Clarke
Macromolecules, 46, (2013), 7352

Metal nanoparticles acting as light-activated heating elements within composite materials
S. Maity, J. R. Bochinski, and L. I. Clarke
Adv. Funct. Mater., 22, (2012), 5259

Effect of solution parameters on spontaneous jet formation and throughput in edge electrospinning from a fluid-filled bowl
Nagarajan Thoppey Muthuraman, R. E. Gorga, J. R. Bochinski, and L. I. Clarke
Macromolecules, 45, (2012), 6527

Edge electrospinning for high throughput production of quality nanofibers
N. M. Thoppey, J. R. Bochinski, L. I. Clarke, and R. E. Gorga
Nanotechnology, 22, (2011), 3454303

Finite-size effects in nanocomposite thin films and fibers
D. R. Stevens, E. W. Skau, L. N. Downen, M. P. Roman, and L. I. Clarke
Phys. Rev. E, 84, (2011), 021126

Embedded metal nanoparticles as localized heat sources: an alternative processing approach for complex polymeric materials
S. Maity, L. N. Downen, J. R. Bochinski, and L. I. Clarke
Polymer, 52, (2011), 1674

Morphological, mechanical, and electrical properties as a function of thermal bonding in electrospun nanocomposites
S. Ramaswamy, L. I. Clarke, and R. E. Gorga
Polymer, 52, (2011), 3183