Opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Hierarchical Structures for Multifunctional Composites, Textiles, and Elastomers
Material Measurement Laboratory, Materials Measurement Science Division
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|Forster, Aaron M.
Natural systems combine structure and chemistry to induce long-range, order from nanometer to meter length scales. The ability to assemble anisotropic materials via biochemical processes can revolutionize the discovery and manufacturing of high-strength multifunctional materials. The goal of this project is to develop advanced manufacturing and process monitoring techniques in order to generate innovative high strength materials based on lessons from nature. Nanomaterials (e.g. carbon nanotubes, graphene, or nanocellulose) are combined with external fields (e.g. flow, electrical, or magnetic) to create membranes, fibers, and fiber reinforced nanocomposites. We develop novel process measurement tools to control the nanoscale structure of the material and macroscale measurement tools to quantify macroscale mechanical, electrical, or sensing properties. This understanding will develop next generation multifunctional, high-strength materials and composites. Candidates with expertise in mechanics, biochemistry, rheology, spectroscopic or electronic imaging techniques are ideal.
Electrophoretic deposition; high strength materials; Mechanical properties; Electrical conductivity; Nanocomposites; Percolated networks; Carbon nanotubes; Graphene; Nanocellulose; Non-destructive imaging; Fracture; Structural health monitoring; advanced manufacturing; syn-bio
Open to U.S. citizens
Open to Postdoctoral applicants