Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Wayne Reed

Professor - Physics

Contact Info


  • B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Physics, 1975
  • M.S., University of Washington, Physics, 1976
  • Ph.D., Clarkson University, Physics, 1984

Academic Experience

  • Murchison-Mallory Chair in Physics, 2013-
  • Professor, Tulane University, 1994-
  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 1991-1994
  • Visiting Professor, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, 1989-1991; 1993; 1995-1996; 1998
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 1985-1991

Research & Teaching Specializations: Macromolecular Physics; Macromolecular Characterization; Molecular Biophysics

Related Experience

  • Consultant to CYTEC Corp., Lyphomed Corp., Elf Aquitaine (France), Systems Bioindustries (France), U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, United Technologies, Union Carbide, Petrobras (Brasil), Elf Atochem (US), International Specialty Products, Firmenich, DEGUSSA, Dow, Exxon
  • Chair, Department of Physics, Tulane University, 1997-2000
  • Founding Director, Tulane Center for Polymer Reaction Monitoring and Characterization (PolyRMC), 2007-
  • Staff Scientist, SPIRE Corporation, 1977-1978


  • Outstanding Researcher Award, Tulane School of Science and Engineering, 2012
  • New Orleans Innovator of the Year, New Orleans City Business, 2007
  • NASA Grant, 2002-2005
  • National Science Foundation Grants, 1987-2005
  • Tulane University Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 1996
  • Appointed as Professor of L’Academie des Sciences, Institut de France, 1992
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 1986


  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Italian

Selected Publications

  • 2014. “Filtrodynamics: Time dependent trans-filter pressure signals for early detection and monitoring of particulates during chemical processing,” C. Brusamarello, M.F. Drenski, A. Isakov, W.F. Reed, J. Macromolecular Reaction Engineering, 8, 3, 186-2-192, 3/2014. doi: 10.1002/mren.201300152
  • 2013. Monitoring Polymerization Reactions: From Fundamentals to Applications. Eds. Alina M. Alb, Wayne F. Reed. Book invited by Wiley Interscience. Scheduled for release, late 2013.
  • 2009. “Simultaneous continuous, non-chromatographic monitoring and discrete chromatographic monitoring of polymerization reactions.” With Alina M. Alb and Michael F. Drenski. Journal of Applied Polymer Science. 113 (1): 190-198.
  • 2008. “Direct monitoring of the cross-over from diffusion controlled to decomposition controlled initiation in free radical polymerization.” With Tomasz Kreft. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics. 209 (24): 2463-2474.
  • 2008. “Monitoring the synthesis and properties of copolymeric polycations.” With Gemma González García, et al. Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 112 (46): 14597-14608.
  • 2008. “Adsorption of Copolymers Micelles and Aggregates: From Kinetics to Adsorbed Layer Structure.” With Bogdan Zdyrko, et al. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 322 (2): 365-374.
  • 2008. “Simultaneous monitoring of polymer and particle characteristics during emulsion polymerization.” With Alina M. Alb. Macromolecules. 41 (7): 2406-2414.

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 6