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Dr. Hunter King

Dr. Hunter King

Dr. King is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering and Department of Biology at the University of Akron. He is also one of the core faculty of its Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center. His B.S. and PhD are both from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, but he completed a Masters degree at Bogazici University in Istanbul, where he was the only foreign student in the program. Dr. King's entire education was in physics, and his PhD focused on mechanics – instabilities and pattern formation in soft matter and disordered systems, via table-top experiments. For four years, Dr. King was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Applied Mathematics at Harvard University, where he first started to think about biological systems, and primarily focused on the ventilation mechanism of termite mounds. Dr. King's lab in Akron studies physical mechanisms utilized in biological systems. Some current projects include: the granular physics of birdnests, bio-inspired fog capture strategies, sorbent-based vapor harvesting, and underwater contact/adhesion mechanics.

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Assistant Professor
School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering University of Akron
Goodyear Polymer Center Akron, OH 44325
(330) 972-6370