Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
Chiral Molecules, Polymers and Fibers for Aerospace Composites
Materials & Manufacturing, RX/Composites
||Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337817
The next generation of polymer matrix composite materials would benefit greatly from non-invasive, in-situ cure monitoring, higher temperature capability and improved processing. To achieve these goals, the synthesis of chiral molecules/polymers are sought that provide: 1) mechanical actuation during cure leading to a detectable optical, conductive or magnetic response through composite thickness; 2) non-planar, graphene-like monomers; 3) oligomers that form poly-helicene reinforcing fibers with large persistent lengths. This research opportunity seeks candidates with a background in synthetic chemistry and materials characterization, including but not limited to, NMR, optical and thermal methods.
Polymers; Thermosets; Thermoplastics; Synthesis; Chirality; Helicity; Sensors; Nano-filler; Composites
Open to U.S. citizens
Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
$3,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.