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Nanoscale Mechanical Properties of Polymers and Composites


Material Measurement Laboratory, Applied Chemicals and Materials Division

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50.64.72.B7086 Boulder, CO

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


Name E-mail Phone
DelRio, Frank William 303.497.3081


In this work, we seek to understand the mechanical properties of polymers and polymer-based composites at micro- and nanometer length scales. Research involves new techniques based on atomic force microscopy (AFM). Other tools such as instrumented (nano-) indentation, SEM, and conventional AFM are used to obtain complementary information. Potential project areas include AFM methods to measure viscoelastic properties; techniques to determine the glass transition temperature in ultrathin films; evaluating the role of the interphase in polymer-based nanocomposites; and understanding the effect of nanoscale mechanical properties on device reliability.


AFM; Composites; Mechanical properties; Nanoindentation; Nanotechnology; Polymers;


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