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Organic and Inorganic Polymer Hybrids for High Temperature Composite Resins, Adhesives and Coatings

Location

Materials & Manufacturing, RX/Composites

RO# Location
13.25.07.C0046 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337817

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Pruyn, Timothy Lee timothy.pruyn.1@us.af.mil 937-255-1142

Description

Our focus in the Polymer Matrix Composite Materials and Processing Research Team is to develop new and novel high-performance lightweight structural materials. This includes increasing the service temperature of lightweight, processable, relatively low cost, polymer-based composite materials. Specifically, our focus is developing organic and inorganic systems that meet these processing, thermal, and mechanical needs while allowing for the possibilities of additional functionality. This includes the exploration of chemistries that incorporate organic and inorganic molecules and the design of new high temperature polymers and hybrids. Our research and ongoing projects encompasses synthesis, processing, and characterization of molecular inorganic/organic hybrids, inorganic and organometallic polymers, pre-ceramic polymers, additive manufacturing (direct ink write, fused deposition modeling and stereolithography) of these hybrids, chemical and mechanically interlocking adhesives, hybrid joining, and fiber coatings. Characterization techniques include chemical structure analysis, scattering, microscopy, spectroscopy, and thermal analysis. Candidates should have a background in chemistry, materials science and engineering, chemical engineering, or related fields as evidenced by education and a strong record of peer-reviewed publications.

 

Keywords:
Polymer; Composite; Adhesives; Additive manufacturing; Inorganic polymers; Hybrid; Pre-ceramic; Geopolymer; Organometallic;

Eligibility

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