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Novel Ceramic Nanostructures, Hybrid Materials, and Additive Manufacturing


Materials & Manufacturing, RX/Structural Materials Division

RO# Location
13.25.05.B8469 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337817


Name E-mail Phone
Dickerson, Matthew B 937.255.9147


Our work focuses on developing bottom-up synthesis strategies and advanced processing methodologies that enable the design and realization of ceramics with well-controlled and novel nanostructures. The overall objective of this research is to produce materials organized on the nano-to-macro scales for basic scientific studies and to realize ceramics with enhanced properties for Air Force applications. By elucidating basic structure/property relationships that arise through nanoscale design, structural hierarchy, synthesis, and processing, we strive to improve the performance of ceramic materials and composites for low density, high temperature, and multifunctional applications. The Associate will work with the multidisciplinary team of materials scientists, chemists, physicists, engineers, and biochemists present within AFRL to pursue revolutionary concepts in ceramic nanomaterial design and synthesis. Current research interests include the self-assembly of nanoceramic systems utilizing block copolymers, the synthesis of hybrid nanomaterials, and the preparation of novel organometallic polymers such as polycarbosilanes. The development of advanced additive manufacturing methodologies (direct ink writing, multi-photon lithography, and stereolithography) and synthesis of new ceramic-bearing feed stock materials is also a major focus of our team. Biomimetic, biological, and bioinspired synthesis routes and ceramic structures are also of interest. Materials currently being studied include inorganic nanomaterials, hybrid nanomaterials, pre-ceramic polymers, dendrimer polymers, refractory ceramics, non-oxide ceramics, organometallic polymers, semiorganic polymers, hyperbranched polymers, block co-polymers, 2D materials, nanotubes, and ceramic nanocomposites. Techniques of interest include additive manufacturing and synthetic methods for the (air-free) production, purification, isolation, and characterization of organometallic polymers. Candidates should possess a background in chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, or related fields, as evidenced by education and a strong record of peer-reviewed publications. Please prominently state your citizenship and/or resident status in your correspondence.


Nano; Polymer; Additive manufacturing; Hybrid; Organometallic; Ceramic; Composite; Chemistry; Self-assembly;


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