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Christopher M. Stafford, Ph.D.

Research Interests

  • Soft material interfaces
  • Polymer membranes
  • Thin film mechanics
  • Adhesion and fracture
  • Surface wrinkling and patterning

Soft Matter CoverWrinkling collage

Research Opportunities 

NIST-NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Mechanics of Complex Interfaces
  • High-throughput Nanomechanical Properties
  • Patterned Adhesion

Awards and Honors

Adhesion Society Outstanding Young Adhesion Scientist Award (2010)
U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award (2007)
NIST Sigma Xi Young Scientist Award for Excellence in Scientific Research (2006)
U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award (2005)
National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship (2002-2004)
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Research Chemist
Materials Science and Engineering
Sustainable Polymers Group

Employment History:

2002-present: Research Chemist, Materials Science and Engineering Division, NIST


Ph.D., Polymer Science & Engineering
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Advisors: T.M. McCarthy & T.P. Russell

B.S., Polymer Science & Engineering
University of Southern Mississippi
Advisor: C.L. McCormick


Phone: 301-975-4368
Fax: 301-975-4924