Briber, Robert M.
Associate Dean for Research
Fellow, Neutron Scattering Society of America
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
- Ph.D., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts
- B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University
HONORS AND AWARDS
- American Physical Society, Fellow (elected 1995)
- Department of Commerce Bronze Medal, December 1990
- Electron Microscope Society of America Presidential Student Scholarship, 1982
- Editor, Journal of Polymer Science—Polymer Physics Edition (01/1999-01/2007)
Professional Elected Offices
- Neutron Scattering Society of America, President 2002-2005
- Neutron Scattering Society of America, vice president 1999-2002
- Member-at-Large to the Executive Committee of the Division of Polymer Physics, American Physical Society, 1999-2002
- Electec to the ASEE Engineering Research Council Board of Directors 2017-2021
- American Physical Society (Fellow)
- Neutron Scattering Society of America (Fellow)
- Materials Research Society
- American Chemical Society
- Biophysical Society
Professional Committee Memberships
- Member of the ASEE Engineering Research Council Board of Directors 2017-2020
- NIST Center for Neutron Research Program Advisory Committee, member 1999 to 2004
- University of Chicago Review Committee for the Intense Pulsed Neutron Source at Argonne National Laboratory 1997, 1999, 2001
- Large Length Scales Working Group, Spallation Neutron Source, Oak Ridge National Lab, Dept. of Energy, November 1998
- Basic Energy Science Advisory Committee Review of the High Flux Isotope Reactor at Oak Ridge National Lab, October 1998
- Scheduling Committee, American Physical Society, Division of High Polymer Physics March Meeting, 1994-1998
- Los Alamos—Argonne National Laboratory Pulsed Neutron Source Program Advisory Committee 1993-1997 (Chair 1996-97)
- Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Research Award Committee, 1994-1997
- American Physical Society Division of High Polymer Physics Nominations Committee
- NASA Microgravity Research Review Panel for Polymers, 1995, 1997
Polymer science, polymer physics, biopolymers, X-ray and neutron scattering, polymer thermodynamics, structure and morphology of polymers.
Cellulose and Cellulose Derivatives
Cellulose is the most abundant biopolymer on the planet and can form the basis for sustainable advanced materials. We are exploring all-cellulose nanocomposites, sythesis of cellulose oligomers through acid hydrolysis and the solubility and properties of cellulose/ionic liquid solutions.
Synthesis and Characterization of Nanocomposites with Improved Flammability
Polymer nanocomposites formed from layered silicates have been shown to have improved mechanical properties silicate is distributed in an exfoliated or intercalated morphology. We are working with collaborators in both the Fire Protection Engineering Department at the University of Maryland and the Fire Research Division at NIST to synthesis and characterize polymer nanocomposites with improved flammability.
Folding of RNA
RNAs perform many biological functions by folding into specific three-dimensional structures. Understanding how RNAs fold is crucial for understanding the assembly of RNA-protein complexes such as the ribosome, the regulation of gene expression by RNA, and the engineering of RNA sensors and "riboswitches". In the presence of counterions, RNAs collapse into compact intermediates, which subsequently fold into the native tertiary structure. We are addressing these questions using X-ray and neutron scattering to address the structure, kinetics and dynamics of the RNA folding process.
Professor Briber teaches a range of classes at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
At the undergraduate level he has taught:
- ENES 100: Introduction to Engineering Design
- ENMA 150: Materials of Civilization
This is an I-Series Course and a University of Maryland Marquee Science and Technology Course designed for non-science majors.
- ENMA 300: Introduction to Materials and Their Applications
- ENMA 423: Manufacturing with Polymers
At the graduate level, Dr. Briber has taught:
- ENMA 620: Polymer Physics (MSE Graduate Program core course)
- ENMA 661: Kinetics of Reactions in Materials (MSE Graduate Program core course)
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UMD Alumni Jones, Laroia Elected to National Academy of EngineeringChristopher T. Jones (Ph.D. '97) and Rajiv Laroia (M.S. '89, Ph.D. '92) have been elected to the 2021 Class of the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional recognitions in an engineer's career.
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Dean Briber Honors Faculty with Research, Teaching AwardsEach year, the dean of the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering honors exemplary faculty members for their dedication to excellence in research and teaching.
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Promoting Diversity and Addressing Unconscious BiasClark School Dean Robert Briber states that implicit bias that goes unaddressed is not welcome.
2020 Undergraduate Honors and AwardsSixty-eight undergraduate students from the A. James Clark School of Engineering were recognized with 2020 Annual Engineering Honors and Awards.
Clark School Mourns the Passing of Student Trevor QuinnTrevor Quinn, a junior studying aerospace engineering, passed away on Friday.
Robert Briber Named Interim Dean of Clark SchoolProfessor Robert Briber has been named Interim Dean of the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, effective April 1, 2020.
Quantum Materials Symposium to Showcase Local Expertise and Highlight Partnerships in D.C. RegionUMD will hold a one-day symposium focusing on local research into quantum materials on September 26, 2019.
UMD Alumna Receives PECASE Award, Highest Honor Given by U.S. Government to Early Career ScientistsAshley Ruth was honored at a ceremony on July 25, 2019.
Partnering for Quantum LeapsFor many UMD researchers, partnering with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is key.
Wood-based Technology Creates Electricity from HeatBriber, Das and Hu make novel heat-conversion membrane
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Nanopaper Featured in Nature Photonics News & ViewsArticle highlights Hu Group’s recent paper in Nano Letters.
Briber Elected Fellow of the Neutron Scattering Society of AmericaProfessor recognized for research and service.
Koeth Named Acting Director of Radiation FacilitiesResearch professor will manage training reactor, irradiator and linear accelerators.
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2013 Dinah Berman Memorial Award Given to NanoCenter MemberMSE student honored for academics and service
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Briber Marquee Lecture: "Materials of Civilization"Talks promote public awareness of science's role in society.
Takeuchi Elected APS FellowCited for pioneering work in combinatorial materials science.
$15M Neutron Scattering Collaboration with NIST RenewedBriber leads effort to develop new instrumentation, measurement techniques.
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Oehrlein, Arsenault Highly Cited WorldwideProfessors featured on Thomson Reuters' ISIHighlyCited.com.
NSF Boosts Nanotech CurriculumEngineering curriculum recognized by NSF and Institute of Physics.
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Briber Teaches New "Marquee Course"Course examines how new materials have shaped history.
New Chair for Materials Science and EngineeringProfessor Robert M. Briber will assume the position of chair of the materials science and engineering department, effective July 1, 2003.
Other professional society fellows
- Neutron Scattering Society of America
American Physical Society (APS)