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Klier, John

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Dean of Galogly College of Engineering

1984 - B.S. in Chemical Engineering
Massachussets Institute of Technology 
1986 - M.S. in Chemical Engineering
Purdue 1986
1989 - Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
Purdue 1989

Prior Professional Experience
Department Head
Chemical Engineering
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dow Chemical

Academic Scholarship

41 patents
35 published papers
Dow Distinguished Fellow  (2014)

National Academy of Engineering
National Academy of Inventors


Research Interest List

Novel materials for high performance coatings and adhesives: Functional and reactive waterborne polymer colloids for very high performance waterbased coatings, reactive powder coatings for high performance zero VOC coating systems and high performance adhesive films for low energy substrates.

Structured polymer colloids and emulsion polymers: Asymmetric, hollow, gel-core, reactive, hybrid core shell, associative and functional polymer colloids and emulsion polymers for coating, adhesive, consumer product and biomedical applications.

New approaches to polymer crosslinking: Chemical crosslinking induced by mechanical stress for novel gels, pressure sensitive adhesives, fibers and films.

Control of functional oligomer / polymer colloid association: Association structures with controlled surface functionality to enhance colloidal and solid state properties.

Applications of Functional Colloids to targeted drug delivery

Properties of Novel Functional Monomers

Novel Degradable and Recyclable Polymers

John Klier joined OU in July of 2020 where he serves as Dean of the Gallogly College of Engineering and professor in the CBME school. He joined OU from UMass Amherst where he served as Professor and Department Head of Chemical Engineering for 5 years. Previously he spent 25 years at The Dow Chemical Company in technology and technical management roles. Managerial responsibilities included leading Core R&D materials-related organizations, Dow Coating Materials research and development organization, and most recently the Performance Materials and Chemicals divisional research, development and technical service organizations. In 2014 he was named Distinguished Fellow, the highest technical position at Dow. Klier is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Inventors and several professional organizations. Students and postdoctoral associates in the Klier group combine surfactant and functional polymer assembly and association phenomena with state of the art processing technologies to produce new structured polymer, hybrid and colloidal materials. They are applying these materials to address key application needs in collaboration with industrial, agency and governmental partners.