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High-Temperature Polymer Thermosets and Inorganic Hybrids


Materials & Manufacturing, RX/Structural Materials Division

RO# Location
13.25.05.B8105 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337817


Name E-mail Phone
Koerner, Hilmar 937.255.9131


Fiber-reinforced polymer matrix composites with high-temperature capability and excellent thermo-oxidative stability are state-of-the-art materials for lightweight parts and components of current Air Force applications. However, current manufacturing processes are time intensive and require special tools. Our research centers on high-temperature polymer thermosets, molecular inorganic hybrids and nanocomposites, and methods for light weighting and novel additive manufacturing methods. Specifically, our goal is to develop and confirm advanced capabilities for relating the fundamental principles that govern processes to the evolution of micro/nanostructure, cure chemistry, and filler alignment, and their effects on resulting mechanical properties. This includes probing the polymer/filler interaction physics using advanced characterization methods and the study of in-situ structure and morphology evolution during processing, such as additive manufacturing. Techniques include scattering (optical, X ray, and neutron including synchrotron radiation experiments for real-time characterization), electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, rheology, chemical analysis (spectroscopy), processing, thermal characterization, and synthesis.


High-temperature thermosets; Additive manufacturing; Inorganic hybrids; Nanocomposites; Scattering; Polymers; Composites; Nanomaterials;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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