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Lilian C. Johnson (Assoc)

Chemical Engineer

Dr. Lilian C. Johnson (she/her) studies the dynamics of polymers via atomistic and coarse-grained molecular dynamics (MD) simulations.  Currently, Dr. Johnson is a Chemical Engineer in the Functional Polymers Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD.   She joined NIST in 2019 as a NIST National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Research Associate (2019-2021).  In her postdoctoral research, Dr. Johnson studied a coarse-graining method to preserve both the structure and dynamics of polymer melts with a focus on developing and testing a simple means to recover the dynamics in the coarse-grain representation by the introduction of a frictional force.  She received her B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2013 and her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Cornell University in 2018.  Her doctoral work was focused on the structure, rheology, and dynamics of  colloidal gels via simulation to understand time- and flow-dependent behavior. 

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NIST National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship (2019-2021)

Most Outstanding Poster, Polymers and Materials Category, 28th Annual Postdoctoral Poster Presentation (2021), NIST Chapter of Sigma Xi

MML Postdoctoral Fellow, 2021 Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) Accolades


Created March 13, 2019, Updated March 2, 2023