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Opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Model Polymer Gels and Networks for Rational Membrane Design

Location

Material Measurement Laboratory, Materials Science and Engineering Division

RO# Location
50.64.21.B8284 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
Chan, Edwin Pak-Nin edwin.chan@nist.gov 301.975.5228

Description

Ion and solvent permeability of polymer networks and gels are critical to a variety membrane applications ranging from water desalination to batteries to medical devices. The polymer chemistry and structure of these materials are critical to defining permeability, yet the specific relationships are not well established. Model polymer networks with well-defined chemistry and structure are needed to carry out quantitative measurements to establish design principles for membrane materials. We are interested in polymer networks with defined molecular architecture (functionality and molecular mass distribution), as well as polymer chemistry that will solubilize water and monovalent ions (i.e., lithium, sodium ions). Experimental methods for this opportunity include gel-permeation chromatography, small angle neutron scattering, and nuclear magnetic resonance.

 

Keywords:
Polymer networks and gels; Polymer; Neutron scattering; Polyelectrolyte; Controlled polymerization;

Eligibility

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