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Faculty Profile

Lucas Landherr

Associate Teaching Professor, Chemical Engineering
457 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


Dr. Lucas Landherr received his Bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College in 2005 with an honors thesis studying drag-reducing polymers. He then completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University in 2010, developing and characterizing thin polymer films and brushes as nanoscale lubricants. While at Cornell, he received a GK-12 NSF Fellowship, with which he designed curriculum and physics experiments for high school classrooms. Most recently, Dr. Landherr completed an NRC Postdoctoral Research Associateship with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in 2012, where he conducted research on polymeric interactions with superhydrophobic surfaces.


  • B.S. (Chemical Engineering) Lafayette College, 2005
  • Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering) Cornell University, 2010

Research & Scholarship Interests

Development of research-inspired STEM experiments for K-12 classrooms; integration of inquiry-based learning into all levels of K-12 and undergraduate education.
Affiliated With

Department Research Areas

Honors & Awards

  • Dr. R. H. Sioui Award for Excellence in Teaching - 2015
  • Omega Chi Epsilon Faculty Member of the Year Award - 2015


  • Provost Grant for Advancing Undergraduate Teaching and Learning - Recipient, 2015

Teaching Interests

Unit Operations; Conservation Principles; Process Control; Transport; Thermodynamics

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Chemical Engineers
- member of the Societal Impact Operating Council
American Society of Engineering Education
American Chemical Society

Selected Publications

Science Comics:
• “Feedback Controls.” Shepherd, D. * (w) and Lai, M. (p). Boston, MA: Northeastern University. 2015 [8 1/2" X 11" science comic. 1-8]
• “Uncertainty.” Shepherd, D. * (w) and Kahl, A. (p). Boston, MA: Northeastern University. 2015 [8 1/2" X 11" science comic. 1-6]
• “Data Analysis.” Shepherd, D. * (w) and Sparks, B. (p). Boston, MA: Northeastern University. 2015 [8 1/2" X 11" science comic. 1-5]
Journal Articles:
• “Interfacial Friction and Adhesion of Polymer Brushes.” Landherr, L.J.T.; Cohen, C.; Agarwal, P.; Archer, L.A. Langmuir 2011, 27, 9387-9395.
• “Effect of Pendent Chains on the Interfacial Properties of Thin Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) Networks.” Landherr, L.J.T.; Cohen, C.; Archer, L.A. Langmuir 2011, 27, 5944-5952.
• “Interfacial friction of thin PDMS network films.” Landherr, L.J.T.; Zhang, Q.; Cohen, C.; Archer, L.A. Journal of Polymer Science B, 2008, 46, 1773-1787.

(*- D. Shepherd is the creative pseudonym for L. Landherr)

Related News

February 1, 2017

Associate Teaching Professor, Lucas Landherr recently won the 2016 Outstanding Teacher Award from the Northeast section of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). This award is given by...

September 22, 2016

Science comic work written by ChE Associate Teaching Professor Lucas Landherr and graduate student Christopher Cogswell will be part of an art exhibit at Waterfall Arts in Belfast, Maine from September 23-November 11.

June 6, 2016

ChE Assistant Teaching Professor Lucas Landherr, working under the pseudonym Dr. Dante Shepherd, has created a series of web comics not only as a creative outlet but also to help students understand...

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