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Jerome Unidad

Jerome Unidad is a Member of Research Staff in the Hardware Systems Laboratory. His focus is on developing innovative approaches to material processing that improve the performance of existing material sets through smart controlled processing and without resorting to material reformulation. These platforms are poised to change current paradigms in areas as diverse as specialty manufacturing, consumer applications and biomedicine. Specifically, he leverages his background on polymer materials and non-newtonian fluids on projects for additive manufacturing, aerosol delivery of high-viscosity fluids and methods for generating multicomponent droplets. He is also interested in applying physics perspectives to problems in biology and medicine.

Prior to PARC, Jerome was a postdoctoral researcher at the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science in the research reactor FRM-II/MLZ in Munich, Germany. He specialized in experimental and theoretical polymer physics, combining different techniques — rheology, neutron scattering, neutron spectroscopy, diffusion NMR and molecular modeling — to understand chain packing and entanglements in molten polymers. He also spent a period in Kyoto and Yonezawa, Japan, as a visiting researcher working on mesoscopic simulations of entangled polymer networks.

Jerome obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Naples Federico II in Naples, Italy as a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher under the project DYNACOP (Dynamics of Architecturally Complex Polymers) and his B.Sc. in Physics and Materials Science and Engineering at the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines as a DOST-SEI merit scholar. As a Marie Curie researcher, he engaged with various European academic and industrial partners (such as Dow and BASF) in applying molecular rheology to industrially relevant polymer problems.