Whitney Loo joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering as an Assistant Professor in January 2023. Whitney obtained her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from MIT. She obtained her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley in 2020 where she worked with Nitash Balsara studying the molecular level physics of block copolymer electrolytes for Lithium metal batteries. Most recently, she is a Postdoctoral Scholar working jointly at the University of Chicago with Paul Nealey and the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab with Ricardo Ruiz. Her postdoctoral research involves the design of novel polymers and nanofabrication techniques for block copolymer nanolithography.
Her research group at UW-Madison will design polymers for a more sustainable future. Projects will include the synthesis and characterization of sustainable polymers as well as the development of sustainable polymer-based devices such as battery electrolytes and fuel cell membranes.