Dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences & Professor

Linda graduated from Cornell University in 1985 with a B.S. in materials science and engineering and received a PhD in materials science and engineering in 1990 from the University of Pennsylvania. After two years of post-doctoral work at IBM Yorktown Heights, Schadler served as a faculty member at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA before spending 22 years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Schadler is an experimentalist and her research focuses on the mechanical, optical, and electrical behavior of nanofilled polymer composites. She has co-authored more than 180 journal publications, several book chapters, and one book. Dr. Schadler is a Fellow of the Materials Research Society and ASM International.  She is a former member of ASM International's Board of Trustees and the National Materials Advisory Board.  She is a current member of the Materials Research Society’s Board of Directors. 

A fun fact – Linda was an executive producer for the Molecularium – a new style of planetarium show, “Riding Snowflakes,” and a giant screen show, “Molecules to the Max,” that takes the audience (primarily students in K-8) on a magical musical adventure into the world of atoms and molecules with the help of oxy, hydro and hydra ( Children learn that “everything is made of atoms and molecules” and about the three states of matter “solids slow, liquids flow, gas is fast!”



“Using Nanofiller Assemblies to Control the Crystallization Kinetics of High-Density Polyethylene,” Kamlesh Bornani, Md Anisur Rahman, Brian Benicewicz, Sanat Kumar, and Linda Schadler, Macromolecules, vol. 54, no. 12, 5673-5682(2021).

“Dielectric properties of polymer nanocomposite interphases from electrostatic force microscopy using machine learning,” Materials Characterization, vol. 173, article number 110909, Praveen Gupta, Linda S. Schadler, Ravishankar Sundararaman, (2021).


“Polymer Nanodielectrics – Short History and Future Perspective,” L.S. Schadler, and J.K. Nelson, Journal of Applied Physics (invited perspectives article), accepted (2020), Editors Pick.

“Polymer Nanocomposite Data: Curation, Frameworks, Access and Potential for Discovery and Design, L. Catherine Brinson, Michael Deagen, Wei Chen, James McCusker, Deborah McGuinness, Linda S. Schadler, Marc Palmeri, Umar Ghumman, Anqi Lin, Bingyin Hu, ACS Macro Letters (Viewpoints article), vol. 9, 10867-1094 (2020) [COVER].

“Investigating the Effect of Surface Modification on the Dispersion Process of Polymer Nanocomposites," A.S. Prasad, Y. Wang, X. Li, A. Iyer, W. Chen, L. C. Brinson, L. S. Schadler, Nanocomposites, in press (2020).

“A perspective on the data-driven design of polymer nanodielectrics,” L.S. Schadler, W. Chen, L.C. Brinson, R. Sundararaman, P. Gupta, P. Prabhune, A. Iyer, Y. Wang, A. Shandilya, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, vol. 53, no. 33, 333001 (2020).

“First-principles identification of localized trap states in polymer nanocomposite interfaces,” A. Shandilya, L.S. Schadler, R. Sundararaman, Journal of Materials Research, in press (2020).


“Rethinking Interphase Representations for Modeling Viscoelastic Properties for Polymer Nanocomposites,” X. Li, M. Zhang, Y. Wang, A. Prasad, W. Chen, L. Schadler, L.C. Brinson,  Materialia, vol. 6, 100277 (2019).

“Nanoparticle Organization by Growing Polyethylene Crystal Fronts” X. Ning, A. Jimenez, J. Pribyl, B. Benicewicz, S. Kumar, L.S. Schadler, ACS Macro Letters, vol. 8, no. 10, 1341-1346 (2019). 

“Dye Doped Concentric Shell Nanoparticles for Enhanced Photophysical Performance of Downconverting Light Emitting Diodes, X. Ning, J. Chittigori, Y. Li, G. Horner, Z. Zhou, L. S. Schadler, C. Ullal, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, vol. 556, no. 25 753-760 (2019).

“Corona treatment for nanotransfer molding adhesion,” M.E. Deagen, C.P. Chan, L.S. Schadler, C. K. Ullal.  ACS Applied Polymer Materials, vol. 1, no. 5, 997-1005 (2019) DOI: 10.1021/acsapm.9b00028

“Polyethylene Grafted Silica Nanoparticles Prepared via Surface- Initiated ROMP,” Julia Pribyl, Brian Benicewicz, Michael Bell, Kenneth Wagener, Xin Ning, Linda Schadler, Andrew Jimenez. Sanat Kumar, ACS Macro Letters, vol. 8, 28-232 (2019).

“Polymer grafted nanoparticle viscosity modifiers,” M. Giovino, E. Buenning, A. Jiminez, S. Kumar, L.S. Schadler, Macromolecular Chem. and Phys. vol. 220, 1800543 (2019).

“Size effects in plasma-enhanced nano-transfer adhesion,” M.E. Deagen, E.P. Chan, L.S. Schadler, C. K. Ullal, Soft Matter, vol. 14, 9220–9226 (2018). DOI: 10.1039/c8sm01862f


“Size effects in plasma-enhanced nano-transfer adhesion,” M.E. Deagen, E.P. Chan, L.S. Schadler, C. K. Ullal, Soft Matter, vol. 14, 9220–9226 (2018). DOI: 10.1039/c8sm01862f

“NanoMine Schema: An Extensible Data Representation for Polymer Nanocomposites,” He Zhao, Yixing Wang, Anqi Lin, Bingyin Hu, Rui Yan, James McCuster, Wei Chen, Deborah L. Mcguinness, Linda Schadler, and L. Catherine Brinson, APL Materials, vol. 6, no. 11 (2018)

“Stochastic continuum model for mycelium-based biofoam,” Mohammad R Islam, Greg Tudryn, Ron Bucinell, Linda Schadler, and Catalin Picu, Materials and Design, vol. 160, 549-556 (2018).

“Mechanical behavior of mycelium-based particulate composites,” Mohammad R Islam, Greg Tudryn, Ron Bucinell, Linda Schadler, and Catalin Picu, Journal of Materials Science, vol. 53, no. 24, 16371–16382 (2018).

“Identifying Interphase Properties in Polymer Nanocomposites using Adaptive Optimization,” Yixing Wang, Yichi Zhang, He (Richard) Zhao, Xiaolin Li, Yanhui Huang, Linda Schadler, Wei Chen, L. Catherine. Brinson, Composites Science and Technology, vol. 162, 146-255 (2018).

“Mechanical properties of polymer grafted nanoparticle composites,” M. Giovino, P. Pribyl, B.C. Benicewicz, R. Bucinell, L.S. Schadler,  Nanocomposites, vol. 4, 244-252 (2018).


“Dielectric Spectroscopy Analysis using Viscoelasticity-inspired Relaxation Theory with Finite Element Modeling,” He Zhao, Yang Li, Yanhui Huang, Tim Krentz, Michael Bell, Brian Benicewicz, Linda S. Schadler, L. Catherine Brinson, IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, vol. 24, No. 6, 3776-3785 (2017).

“Predicting the breakdown strength and lifetime of nanocomposites using a multi-scale modeling approach,” Yanhui Huang, He Zhao, Yixing Wang, Tyree Ratcliff, Curt Breneman, L. Catherine Brinson , Wei Chen, Linda S. Schadler, Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 122, 065101 (2017).

“Tunable Multiscale Nanoparticle Ordering by Polymer Crystallization,” D. Zhao, V. Gimenez-Pinto, A. Jimenez, L. Zhao, J. Jestin, S.K. Kumar, B. Kuei, E. Gomez, A. Prasad, L. Schadler, M. Khani, B. Benicewicz, ACS Central Science, vol. 3, no. 7, 751-758 (2017).

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Mechanical, Optical, and Electrical Behavior of Nanofilled Polymer Composites


  • B.S. Cornell University
  • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania