Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Applied Physical Sciences, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Theo J. Dingemans received his PhD degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998 with Professor Edward T. Samulski on the topic of non-linear geometries in liquid crystals and liquid crystal polymers. He was a National Research Council (NRC) research fellow at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton (VA) from 1998 to 2003. He joined the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering and Applied Sciences at the Delft University of Technology in 2003 as an associate professor and was appointed Antony van Leeuwenhoek Professor at the same University in 2009. In the same year, he was appointed as the first Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI) research fellow. In 2016 he moved back to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and he is currently a professor within the Department of Applied Physical Sciences.
His research is focused on all-aromatic high-performance polymers for functional and structural applications. Current research interests include liquid crystal thermosets for high temperature and structural composite applications, poly(etherimide)s modified with carbon nanostructures, lyotropic polymers for high modulus fibers, molecular ionic composites and high-temperature shape-memory polymers.