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Physical Models and Characterization of Olefinic Copolymers

Location

Material Measurement Laboratory, Materials Science and Engineering Division

RO# Location
50.64.21.B8270 Gaithersburg, MD

Please note: This Agency only participates in the February and August reviews.

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Beers, Kathryn L. kathryn.beers@nist.gov 301.975.2113
Jones, Ronald L. ronald.jones@nist.gov 301.975.4624
Migler, Kalman kalman.migler@nist.gov 301.975.4876
Snyder, Chad R. chad.snyder@nist.gov 301.975.4526

Description

Manufacturability and life cycle assessments of polyolefin copolymers are hampered by multiscale characterization challenges. From molecular composition and distributions, to solution and bulk processing behavior, there are numerous limitations in the current technologies for characterizing these complex yet ubiquitous semi-crystalline polymers. Research in this area should contribute to advances in design, synthesis, or processing of advanced materials from these polymers, or the end of life challenges which exist for disposal, environmental impact assessment, or recycling of polyolefins.

 

Keywords:
Polymers; Polyolefins; Semi-crystalline polymers; Polymer processing-structure relationships; Rheology, Neutron scattering; Thermal analysis; Molecular mass; Mass distributions; Polymer degradation; Polymer life cycle: Ocean plastic;

Eligibility

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