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Joshua R. Sangoro

Joshua Sangoro.

Joshua R. Sangoro

Associate Head for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Associate Professor

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Joshua Sangoro.

  • Office Address: 326 Dougherty Engineering Building
  • Phone: 865-974-4395
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  • PhD, University of Leipzig, Germany: Mesoscale Structured Liquids· Ionic Liquids· Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy· Polymer Dynamics.


Joshua Sangoro.

Joshua Sangoro is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT). He received his doctorate in Experimental Physics in 2010 from the University of Leipzig (Germany) with Prof. Friedrich Kremer. His dissertation research focused on studies of ionic liquids by broadband dielectric spectroscopy. Sangoro worked as a Research Scientist at the University of Leipzig until early 2012 when he joined the Chemical Sciences Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. In 2012, he was awarded the Feodor-Lynen Research Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Sangoro joined the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the UT in the fall of 2013. He has authored or co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and he also has contributed to over 68 (26 invited) technical presentations at national and international meetings. He is a recipient of the ARO Young Investigator Program as well as the NSF CAREER awards. His current research focuses on understanding the underlying mechanisms determining dynamics and ionic conduction in soft materials across multiple length- and time-scales. His current research projects are supported through grants from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy Office of Science, and Army Research Office.

Awards and Recognitions

  • National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Award, 2018.
  • Army Research Office (ARO) Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award, 2017.
  • Tickle College of Engineering (UT) Summer Pre-College Service Award (for outstanding service in mentoring high school students) 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.
  • Science Alliance-Liane B. Russell Fellowship, 2014.
  • Feodor-Lynen Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2012.
  • 2011 DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Postdoctoral Research Travel Grant.

Professional Service

Member of:

  • American Physical Society
  • Materials Research Society
  • The Electrochemical Society
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • American Chemical Society


Joshua Sangoro.

Our research program focuses on experimental and computational efforts aimed at developing scientific frameworks for understanding the correlation between the chemical structure, microscopic organization and dynamics, and how these relationships determine physicochemical and electrochemical properties of relevance to current and future energy technologies. A central theme of our research is to develop fundamental foundations for rational design of novel safe, efficient, and environmentally benign electrolytes.

Our current research interests can be broadly categorized into three main areas, namely, (i) Mesoscopic Structured Liquids (particularly ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents), (ii) Polymer Dynamics, and (ii) Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy and its Applications.

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  • Kinsey, T., Glynn, K., Cosby, T., Iacob, C., & Sangoro, J. (2020). Ion Dynamics of Monomeric Ionic Liquids Polymerized In Situ within Silica Nanopores.. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. doi:10.1021/acsami.0c12381
  • Mapesa, E. U., Street, D. P., Heres, M. F., Michael Kilbey, S., & Sangoro, J. (2020). Wetting and Chain Packing across Interfacial Zones Affect Distribution of Relaxations in Polymer and Polymer-Grafted Nanocomposites. Macromolecules. doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.0c00399
  • Koh, J. H., Zhu, Q., Zhu, Q., Asano, Y., Maher, M. J., Ha, H., . . . Sangoro, J. R. (2020). Unusual Thermal Properties of Certain Poly(3,5-disubstituted styrene)s. Macromolecules. doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.0c00163
  • White, B. T., Migliore, J. M., Mapesa, E. U., Wolfgang, J. D., Sangoro, J., & Long, T. E. (2020). Isocyanate- And solvent-free synthesis of melt processible polyurea elastomers derived from urea as a monomer. RSC Advances, 10(32), 18760-18768. doi:10.1039/d0ra02369h
  • Coote, J. P., Kinsey, T., Street, D. P., Kilbey, S. M., Sangoro, J. R., & Stein, G. E. (2020). Surface-Induced Ordering Depresses Through-Film Ionic Conductivity in Lamellar Block Copolymer Electrolytes. ACS Macro Letters, 9(4), 565-570. doi:10.1021/acsmacrolett.0c00039
  • Cosby, T., Kapoor, U., Shah, J. K., & Sangoro, J. (2019). Mesoscale Organization and Dynamics in Binary Ionic Liquid Mixtures. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 10(20), 6274-6280. doi:10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b02478
  • Kinsey, T., Mapesa, E., Cosby, T., He, Y., Hong, K., Wang, Y., . . . Sangoro, J. (2019). Elucidating the impact of extreme nanoscale confinement on segmental and chain dynamics of unentangled poly(cis-1,4-isoprene). European Physical Journal E, 42(10). doi:10.1140/epje/i2019-11907-7
  • Shahidi, N., Mapesa, E., Doxastakis, E., & Sangoro, J. (2019). Segmental dynamics in thin films of polyvinyl acetate. In Southeast Polymer Forum. Oak Ridge National Lab..
  • Kinsey, T., Glynn, K., & Sangoro, J. (2019). Polymerization of a Methacrylate Based Ionic Liquid Under 2D Confinement and the Resulting Effects on Ion Dynamics. In Bulletin of the American Physical Society. Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Sangoro, J. (2019). Mesoscale Organization and Dynamics in Ionic Liquids. In Bulletin of the American Physical Society. Boston, MA.
  • Mapesa, E., Shahidi, N., Doxastakis, E., & Sangoro, J. (2019). Thin supported polymer films: Modified mobility at the interfaces. In Bulletin of the American Physical Society. Boston, MA.
  • Kinsey, T., Mapesa, E., Hong, K., & Sangoro, J. (2019). Polymer Dynamics in Poly (styrene-isoprene-2, vinylpyridine) miktoarm terpolymers. In Bulletin of the American Physical Society. Boston, MA.
  • Mapesa, E., Street, D., Kilbey, M., & Sangoro, J. (2019). Molecular Dynamics in Poly(Methyl Methacrylate)/Silica Nanoparticle Composites. In Bulletin of the American Physical Society. Boston, MA.
  • Spittle, S., Cosby, T., & Sangoro, J. (2019). Charge transport and structural dynamics in deep eutectic mixtures (DEMs). In Bulletin of the American Physical Society. Boston, MA.
  • Horton, A., Mapesa, E., Chen, M., Heres, M., Harris, M., Wang, Y., . . . Sangoro, J. (2019). Charge Transport and Ion Dynamics in Imidazolium-Based Homo- and Tri-Block Poly(Ionic Liquid)s. In Bulletin of the American Physical Society. Boston, MA.
  • Harris, M., Cosby, T., Wagle, D., Baker, G., & Sangoro, J. (2019). Charge Transport and Electrode Polarization in Phosphonium Ionic Liquids Bearing Sulfonate and Carboxylate Anions. In Bulletin of the American Physical Society. Boston, MA.
  • Glynn, K., Kinsey, T., & Sangoro, J. (2019). Charge Transport and Dynamics of 2D-Confined Polymerized Ionic Liquid Blends. In Bulletin of the American Physical Society. Boston, MA.
  • Heres, M., Cosby, T., Mapesa, E. U., Liu, H., Berdzinski, S., Strehmel, V., . . . Sangoro, J. (2019). Ion Transport in Glassy Polymerized Ionic Liquids: Unraveling the Impact of the Molecular Structure. Macromolecules, 52(1), 88-95. doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.8b01273
  • Mapesa, E. U., Chen, M., Heres, M. F., Harris, M. A., Kinsey, T., Wang, Y., . . . Sangoro, J. R. (2019). Charge Transport in Imidazolium-Based Homo- and Triblock Poly(ionic liquid)s. Macromolecules, 52(2), 620-628. doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.8b02143
  • Heres, M., Cosby, T., Mapesa, E. U., Liu, H., Berdzinski, S., Strehmel, V., Dadmun, M., Paddison, S. J., Sangoro, J. R. (2019). "Ion Transport in Glassy Polymerized Ionic Liquids: Unraveling the Impact of the Molecular Structure." Macromolecules, 52 (52), pp. 88–95.
  • Kinsey, T., Mapesa, E.U., Wang, W., Hong, K., Mays, J., Kilbey, M., Sangoro, J. R. (2018). "Impact of Molecular Architecture on Dynamics of Miktoarm Star Polymers." Macromolecules, 51 (14), pp. 5401–5408.
  • Harris, M. A., Heres, M., Coote, J., Wenda, A., Strehmel, V., Stein, G. E., and Sangoro, J. R. (2018). "Ion Transport and Interfacial Dynamics in Disordered Block Copolymers of Ammonium-based Polymerized Ionic Liquids." Macromolecules, 51 (9), pp. 3477–3486.
  • Cosby, J. T., Vicars, Z., Heres, M., and Sangoro, J. R. (2018). "Associating imidazoles: Elucidating the correlation between the static dielectric permittivity and proton conductivity." Physical Review Letters, 120, 136001.
  • Cosby, J. T., Vicars, Z., Heres, M., Tsunashima, K., and Sangoro, J. R. (2018). "Structural and Dynamic Signatures of Mesoscale Aggregation in Phosphonium Ionic Liquids." The Journal of Chemical Physics, 148 (19) 193815. Invited Article
  • Satlewala, A., Agrawal, R., Bhagia, S., Sangoro, J. R., and Ragauskas, A. (2018). "Natural deep eutectic solvents for lignocellulosic biomass pretreatment: Recent developments, challenges and novel opportunities." Biotechnology Advances, 36 (8), 2032–2050.
  • Shamblin, J., Heres, M., Zhou, H., Sangoro, J., Lang, M., Neuefeind, J., Alonso, J., and Johnston, S. (2018). "Experimental evidence for bipolaron condensation as a mechanism for the metal-insulator transition in rare-earth nickelates." Nature Communications 9, 86.
  • Cosby, J. T., Vicars, Z., Mapesa, E. U., Tsunashima, K., and Sangoro, J. R. (2017). "Charge Transport and Dipolar Relaxations in Phosphonium-Based Ionic Liquids." The Journal of Chemical Physics, 147 (23) 234504. Invited Article
  • Cosby, T., Vicars, Z., Wang, Y., and Sangoro, J. R. (2017). "Dynamic-Mechanical and Dielectric Evidence of Long-Lived Mesoscale Organization in Ionic Liquids." The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 8, 3544–3548.