Dr. Robert A. Bubeck is currently a Research Assistant Professor at Michigan State University with over 45 years of experience in industrial research and development. Research areas include the development of new liquid crystalline polymers, semi-crystalline polymers, thermosets, hyperbranched polymers, and dendrimers. He has broad-based expertise in the areas of structure/property fundamentals, mechanical behavior, composites, polymer blends, rheology, fiber spinning, 3D additive fabrication, processing optimization, surface science, and interfaces.
Prior to joining the Michigan State University, Dr. Bubeck pursued research in materials and polymer science at the Dow Chemical Company and Michigan Molecular Institute. He pioneered (and later project managed) a synchrotron-based research program aimed at the advanced characterization of the physical behavior, surfaces, and processing of polymers.
His current interests include additive manufacturing of polymers and specialized rheology of polyolefins. He is an author or co-author of over 64 publications and 5 patents. He has presented invited talks at major institutions such as Cornell University, MIT, University of Massachusetts, Case Western Reserve University, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Minnesota. Dr. Bubeck is a Senior Fellow of the American Physical Society.