Opportunity at U.S. Army CCDC Soldier Center (CCDC SC)
Environmentally-safe Flame Retardant Materials
U.S. Army CCDC Soldier Center, Materials
||Natick, MA 017605020
Biocatalytic synthesis of polymers is important to making functional materials under environmentally benign conditions for various applications. The enzyme catalyzed syntheses of non-halogenated polymers have great potential as flame retardant (FR) materials. The thermal and flame-retardant properties of these polymers can be further improved by cross-linking techniques; incorporating inherently fire-safe elements such as silicon, boron, and phosphorous, sulfur and making their organoclay nanocomposites.
Research will focus on (1) eco-friendly “green” synthesis and characterization of existing and new polymeric materials and their formulations for inherently fire safe materials as textile coatings and fiber processing and (2) development of efficient, eco-friendly, and cost-effective processing methodologies for FR textile applications.
Mosurkal R, et al: Green Chemistry 13: 659, 2011
Flame retardant polymers; Bio-catalysis; Enzymatic synthesis; Eco-friendly synthesis; Nanocomposites; Structure-property relationships; Multifunctional polymers; Green chemistry; FR coatings;
Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
$5,000 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.