Nick was born and raised in Carmel, Indiana. He received a BS in materials science and engineering from Purdue University in May of 2018. His undergraduate research was focused on characterization of polymer hydrogels in aluminum ion solutions under the guidance of Professor Kendra Erk. He had two internships at 3M in the Twin Cities focusing on MicroCT data analysis and rheological characterization development for pressure sensitive adhesives. He joined the Rowan Group and the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering in the fall of 2018.
The use of cellulose nanocrystals for the creation of sustainable polymers and improvement of recycled polymers.
The effect of polymer grafting on the mechanical properties of PEG-grafted cellulose nanocrystals in poly(lactic acid)
Nicholas Macke, Christina M. Hemmingsen, Stuart J. Rowan, J. Polym. Sci. 2022, 1
In Vitro and In Vivo Analyses of the Effects of Source, Length, and Charge on the Cytotoxicity and Immunocompatibility of Cellulose Nanocrystals
Weiss, A et al. ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng. 2021. doi: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.0c01618
Calvino, C., Macke, N., Kato, R. & Rowan, S. J. Development, processing and applications of bio-sourced cellulose nanocrystal composites. Progress in Polymer Science (2020). doi:10.1016/j.progpolymsci.2020.101221