Wayne F. Reed, Ph.D.


Murchison-Mallory Professor of Physics | Undergraduate Advisor
(504) 862-3185 | Lab Phone: (504) 862-5523
School of Science & Engineering
Wayne Reed


Department of Physics
5068 Percival Stern Hall
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118


5048, 5058, 5062, 5070 Percival Stern Hall

Courses Taught

PHYS 3210/6210 – Molecular Biophysics

PHYS 2350/2360 – Introduction to Modern Physics I & II

PHYS 1310/1320 – General Physics I & II

PHYS 3630 – Electromagnetic Theory

PHYS 4650 – Optics

Education & Affiliations

Ph.D., Clarkson (1984)


My research interests include Polymer Physics & Biophysics.


Recipient of Tulane SSE Outstanding Researcher Award (2012)

Recent Publications

G.A. Sorci, W.F. Reed, "Electrostatic and Association Phenomena in Aggregates of Polymers and Micelles", Langmuir, 18, 353-364, 2002

G.A. Sorci, W.F. Reed, "Electrostatically enhanced second and third virial coefficients, viscosity and interparticle correlations for linear polyelectrolytes", Macromolecules, 35, 5218-5227, 2002

A. Giz, A. Oncul Koc, H. Giz, A.M. Alb, W.F. Reed "Online monitoring of reactivity ratios, composition, sequence length, and molecular weight distributions during free radical copolymerization",  Macromolecules, 35, 6557-6571, 2002.

G.A. Sorci, W.F. Reed, "Effect of valence and chemical species of added electrolyte on polyelectrolyte conformations and interactions", Macromolecules, 37, 554-565, 2004

E. Mignard, T. Leblanc, D. Bertin, O. Guerret, W.F. Reed, "Online monitoring of controlled radical polymerization:  Nitroxide mediated gradient copolymerization", Macromolecules, 37, 966-975, 2004

R.S. Farinato, J. Calbick, G.A. Sorci, F.H. Florenzano, W.F. Reed, "Online monitoring of the final divergent growth phase in the stepgrowth polymerization of polyamines" Macromolecules, 38, 1148-1158, 2005

E. Mignard, J-F Lutz, T. Leblanc, K. Matyjaszewski, O. Guerret, W.F. Reed, “Kinetics and Molar Mass Evolution during Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization of n-Butyl Acrylate Using Automatic Continuous Online Monitoring.” Macromolecules,  38,  9556-9563, 2005

A.M. Alb, R. Farinato, J. Calbeck, W.F. Reed, “Online monitoring of polymerization reactions in inverse emulsions”,  Langmuir, 22, 831-840, 2006

A.M. Alb, P. Enohnyaket, R. Shunmugam, G.N. Tew, W.F. Reed, “Quantitative contrasts in the copolymerization of acrylate and methacrylate monomers”, Macromolecules, 39, 8283-8292, 2006

A.M. Alb, P. Enohnyaket, J.F. Craymer, T. Eren, E.B. Coughlin, W.F. Reed, “Online monitoring of Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization of Cyclooctadiene and a Functionalized Norbornene”, Macromolecules, 40, 444-451, 2007

A. Paril, A.M. Alb, W.F. Reed, “Online Monitoring of the Evolution of Polyelectrolyte Characteristics during Postpolymerization Modification Processes”    Macromolecules, 40,  4409-4413, 2007

Alina M. Alb, Algi Serelis, Wayne F. Reed “Kinetic trends in RAFT homopolymerization from online monitoring”, Macromolecules, 41, 332-338, 2008

Alina M. Alb, Wayne F. Reed, “Simultaneous monitoring of polymer 
and particle characteristics during emulsion polymerization”, Macromolecules, 41, 2406-2414, 2008

Gemma Gonzalez Garcia, Tomasz Kreft, Alina M. Alb, José Carlos de la Cal, José M. Asúa, W. F. Reed, “Monitoring the synthesis and properties of copolymeric polycations”, J. Phys. Chem. B, 112, 14597-14608, 2008

Tomasz Kreft, Wayne F. Reed, “Direct monitoring of the cross-over from diffusion controlled to decomposition controlled initiation in free radical polymerization”,  Macromole. Chem. & Physics, 209, 24, 2463-2474, 2008

Alina M. Alb, Michael F. Drenski, Wayne F. Reed, “Simultaneous continuous, non-chromatographic monitoring and discrete chromatographic monitoring of polymerization reactions”, J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 13, 190-198, 2009

Tomasz Kreft, Wayne F. Reed,  “Experimental observation of cross-over from non-condensed to counterion condensed regimes during free radical polyelectrolyte copolymerization under high composition drift conditions”, J. Phys. Chem. B., 113,  8303-8309, 2009

McFaul, Colin A.; Drenski, Michael F.; Alb, Alina M.; Reed, Wayne F. “Simultaneous Multiple Sample Light Scattering Detection Of LCST During Copolymer Synthesis”, Polymer, 2011, 4825-4833.  DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2011.08.026

Michael F. Drenski, Mark L. Brader,  Roy W. Alston, Wayne F. Reed “Monitoring Protein Aggregation Kinetics with Simultaneous Multiple Sample Light Scattering (SMSLS)” Analytical Biochemistry, 437, 185-197, 2013.  DOI: 10.1016/j.ab.2013.02.014

Zifu Zhu, Wayne F. Reed,  “Enhanced Supra-micellar assembly by hydrophobic dopants”, Langmuir, 29, 10376-10382, 2013.  DOI: 10.1021/la402107z

Book edited: Monitoring Polymerization Reactions:  From Fundamentals to Applications.  Eds. Alina M. Alb, Wayne F. Reed.  Book invited by Wiley Interscience.  Released January 2014. ISBN 978-0-470-91738-1

C. Brusamarello, M.F. Drenski, A. Isakov, W.F. Reed, “Filtrodynamics: Time dependent trans-filter pressure signals for early detection and monitoring of particulates during chemical processing”, J. Macromolecular Reaction Engineering, 8, 3, 186-192,  2014.  doi: 10.1002/mren.201300152 

Book Chapter: Michael F. Drenski, Mark L. Brader, and Wayne F. Reed, “Simultaneous Multiple Sample Light Scattering (SMSLS) for continuous monitoring of protein aggregation”, Chapter 6 in Technologies for Therapeutic Monoclonal Antibody Characterization, Volume 3. Eds. John Schiehl, Oleg Borisov, American Chemical Society, Wash D.C., 2015

Zifu Zhu and Wayne F. Reed,  “Polymeric suppression of dopant enhanced surfactant supramicellar assemblies”, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 216,  2, 2015, 205–210,  DOI: 10.1002/macp.201400341

N. Ghadipasha, A. Geraili, J.A. Romagnoli, C. A. Castor Jr., N. W. F. Reed, “First Steps towards Online Optimal Control of Molecular Weight in Batch and Semi-batch Free-Radical Polymerization Reactors”, Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, 2016, 38, 1129-1134 

Navid Ghadipasha, Aryan Geraili, Jose A. Romagnoli, Carlos A. Castor Jr., Michael F. Drenski and Wayne F. Reed,  “Combining On-line Characterization Tools with Modern Software Environments for Optimal Operation of Polymerization Processes”, Processes, 2016, 4, 5, 1-23, doi:10.3390/pr4010005

Gregory V. Barnett, Michael Drenski, Vladimir Razinkov, Wayne F. Reed, Christopher J. Roberts, “Identifying protein aggregation mechanisms and quantifying aggregation rates from combined monomer depletion and continuous light scattering”, Analytical Biochemistry, 2016, 511, 80-91

Terry McAfee, Natalie Leonardi, Rick Montgomery, Julia Siqueira, Thomas Zekoski, Michael F. Drenski, Wayne F. Reed, “Automatic control of polymer molecular weight during synthesis”, Macromolecules, 49 (19), 7170-7183, 2016, DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.6b01522

Natalie Leonardi, Rick D. Montgomery, Julia Siqueira, Terry McAfee,  Michael F. Drenski, Wayne F. Reed, “Automatic synthesis of multimodal polymers”, J. Macromolecular Engineering, 2017, vol. 11, issue 4, 1-13,  http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/mren.201600072 

Terry McAfee, Rick D. Montgomery, Thomas Zekoski, Aide Wu, Wayne F. Reed, “Automatic, simultaneous control of polymer composition and molecular weight during free radical copolymer synthesis”  Feature Article, Polymer, 2018, 136, 235-247.  DOI:  10.1016/j.polymer.2017.12.005 

Salas, S. D.; Ghadipasha, N.; Zhu, W.; Mcafee, T.; Zekoski, T.; Reed, W. F.; Romagnoli, J. A."Framework Design for Weight-Average Molecular Weight Control in Semi-Batch Polymerization”, 2018, Control Engineering Practice, 78, 12-23. DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conengprac.2018.06.004

Curtis W. Jarand, Wayne F. Reed, “On the reproducibility of early stage thermally induced and contact-stir induced protein aggregation”,  J. Physical Chem. B, 2018, 122, 9361−9372

John F. Anderson, Michael F. Drenski, Curtis W. Jarand, Anton Dudko, and Wayne F. Reed “A polarization sensitive light scattering unit for high throughput screening”,  Review of Scientific Instruments 89, 113109, 2018; doi: 10.1063/1.5050824

Wayne F. Reed, “Automatic Continuous Online Monitoring and Control of Polymerization Reactions (ACOMP) and Related Methods”, 2019, Wiley Online Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry

Wayne F. Reed, Textbook: “Macromolecular Biophysics”, in progress, Wiley. Estimated completion 12/31/2022

“Reciprocal braking and acceleration between acrylic and styrenic comonomers in RAFT and free radical copolymerization”, Julia S. Siqueira, Fabio H. Florenzano, Wayne F. Reed. Polymer, 226, 2021

"Angle-dependent effects in DLS measurements of polydisperse particles", Jin Lin, Curtis W. Jarand, Mark Brader, Wayne F. Reed, 2021, Measurement Science and Technology, https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6501/ac42b2  (Moderna/Tulane collaboration)