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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Novel Materials for Multifunctional Polymer Matrix Composite Structures


Materials & Manufacturing, RX/Composites

RO# Location
13.25.07.B8497 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337817


name email phone
Kennedy, William Joshua 937.255.9987


The goal of this project is to develop and characterize polymer-based composite materials with multifunctional capabilities that provide the potential to decrease weight, size, cost, and complexity of aerospace systems. Desired functionalities include distributed sensing, structurally integrated power systems, RF communications, thermal management, and material state awareness. Approaches include incorporation of functional nanoparticles in structural resins, embedding optoelectronic materials into structural composite laminates, additively manufactured and hierarchically structured materials, and the application of novel films and coatings to composite structures. Research activities include both computational and experimental techniques, and involve material length scales from nanometers to meters.



WJ Kennedy, et al, Thermal Reshaping Dynamics of Gold Nanorods: Influence of Size, Shape, and Local Environment, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 10, 43865-43873 (2018)

WJ Kennedy WJ, et al, High-Resolution Mapping of Thermal History in Polymer Nanocomposites: Gold Nanorods as Microscale Temperature Sensors, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 7, 27624-27631 (2015)

Y Chen, et al, Mechanics of Emulsion Electrospun Porous Carbon Fibers as Building Blocks of Multifunctional Materials, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 10, 38310-383182018 (2018)


Multifunctional; Structure; Polymer; Composite; Nanomaterials;


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


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$76,542.00 $4,000.00

$3,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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