Kelly Schultz

Larry and Virginia Faith Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

FRNY 2043B
Purdue University
School of Chemical Engineering
Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering
480 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2100
(765) 494-0551 (office)
(765) 494-0805 (fax)
Joined Purdue in January 2024
Ph.D., University of Delaware in Chemical Engineering, 2011
B.S., Northeastern University in Chemical Engineering, 2006

Research Interests

Schultz Lab Homepage

Research Interests: Biochemical and Biomolecular Engineering Fluid Mechanics and Interfacial Phenomena Polymers and Materials

Dr. Schultz's group focuses on the dynamic characterization of evolving gel materials used in applications from consumer, fabric and home care products to implantable biomaterials. We use rheological characterization to determine the structure and material properties of gel scaffolds as they dynamically evolving during gelation and degradation. New experimental techniques are developed combining microrheology, microfluidics and bulk rheology. The goal of our work is to inform and improve the design of new materials with advanced function. Current work varies from the design of effective fabric and home care products using waste materials to creating materials that can instruct 3D encapsulated cells for delivery to wounds after implantation.

Research Group

Graduate Students

  • Mehrnoosh Afshang
  • Faheem Hamid
  • Zaid Imran
  • Gautam Khare
  • Siena Negash
  • Thomas O'Shea