Lilo Pozzo

Lilo Pozzo


Lilo Pozzo

Weyerhaeuser Endowed Professor of Chemical Engineering


Office: 259 Benson Hall

Phone: 206-685-8536




  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez, PR, 2001

  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh, PA, 2006             

  • Postdoc NIST Center for Neutron Research, 2006-2007


Research Interests

  • Colloidal and Nano Materials

  • Conductive Polymers

  • Neutron and X-ray Scattering


The primary focus of research in the Pozzo group centers on the development, measurement and control of self-assembly processes for colloidal materials over nanometer and micrometer scales. This manipulation of complex material structures results in novel properties that optimize their use in engineering applications.

Conductive Polymers: Gels, crystals, nanowires and nanoparticles assembled from conductive conjugated polymers are used for applications in solar energy, batteries and specialty industrial paints. Neutron scattering tools are being used to experimentally validate computational models that can describe these systems. Improved force fields and simulations accelerate the synthesis of conductive polymer systems with peak performance.

Energy Research: New nanomaterials are being developed for high capacity and low cost energy storage to accelerate the electrification of our society and the adoption of clean energy technologies. Current efforts include the synthesis of low-cost membranes for large-scale flow battery systems that maximize proton conductivity while minimizing ion crossover. Self-assembled organometallic micellar structures also enable electrochemical reactions in organic solvents that could significantly increase cell potential and improve safety.

Medical Agents: Nanosized ‘Armored’ emulsions containing an interfacial layer of near-infrared (NIR) absorbing nanoparticles are being developed to enable high-resolution and low-cost medical imaging technologies. Emulsion contrast agents undergo a phase transition from liquid to vapor upon irradiation with NIR laser light. The rapid thermal expansion of the vapor bubble produces a pressure wave that is picked up by an ultrasound transducer to be transformed into an image. The pressure wave can also be used for thrombolysis, the mechanical destruction of an occlusion (clot) inside blood vessels. 


Recent Publications

  • “Structure Characterization and Properties of Metal Surfactant Complexes Dispersed in Organic Solvents” P de la Iglesia, V Jaeger, Y Xi, J Pfaendtner, LD Pozzo, Langmuir, 31, 33 (2015)

  • “Sono-photoacoustic imaging of gold nanoemulsions: Part I. Exposure thresholds” B Arnal, C Perez, CW Wei, J Xia, M Lombardo, I Pelivanov, TJ Matula, Photoacoustics 3 (1), 3-10 (2015)

  • “Correlating structure and photocurrent for composite semiconducting nanoparticles with contrast variation small-angle neutron scattering and photoconductive atomic force microscopy” JJ Richards, CL Whittle, G Shao, LD Pozzo, ACSNano 8 (5), 4313 (2014)

  • “Modification of PCBM crystallization via incorporation of C60 in polymer/fullerene solar cells” J. Richards1, A. Rice, R. Nelson, F. Kim, S.A. Jenekhe, C.K. Luscombe, D.C. Pozzo, Advanced Functional Materials, 23(4), 514 (2013)

  • “Alterations in Fibrin Clot Structure and Mechanics Attributed to Specific Oxidation of Methionine Residues in Fibrinogen” K. Weigandt1, N. White, D. Chung, E. Ellingson, Y. Wang, X Fu, D.C. Pozzo, Biophysical Journal, 103(11), 2399 (2013)

  • “Structural Analysis of Protein Denaturation with Alkyl Perfluorinated Sulfonates” M. Ospinal1 and D.C. Pozzo, Langmuir, 28(51): 17749 (2012)

  • “Pickering Emulsions Stabilized by Nanoparticle Surfactants”, K. Larson-Smith1, D.C. Pozzo, Langmuir, 28(32): 11725 (2012)

  • “SANS and SAXS Analysis of Charged Nanoparticle Adsorption at Oil-Water Interfaces” K. Larson-Smith1, A. Jackson and D.C. Pozzo, Langmuir, 28: 2493 (2012)

  • “Scalable Synthesis of Self-Assembling Nanoparticle Clusters Based on Controlled Steric Interactions” K. Larson-Smith1 and D.C. Pozzo, Soft Matter, 7, 5339 (2011)

  • “Mesoscale Morphology and Charge Transport in Colloidal Networks of Poly(3-hexylthiophene)” G.M. Newbloom1, F.S. Kim, S.A. Jenekhe and D.C. Pozzo, Macromolecules, 44, 3801 (2011)