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  Podcast of Prof. Winey about Polymer Nanocomposites

  Prof. Winey is now an Associate Editor for Macromolecules


  DOE grant renewed to study ion conduction


    New grant to study diffusion in polymer nanocomposites


Former Group Members Win Awards!


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Selected Recent Publications

Electrcal Properties in Polymer Nanocomposites

Morphology and Ion Conduction in Ion-Containing Polymers

Polymer Diffusion in Polymer Nanocomposites

Macromoleucles, Associate Editor

On July 1, 2010, Karen Winey became an Associate Editor for Macromolecules, a publication of the American Chemical Society.  This journal is the premier journal in polymer science.


DOE Grant Renewed

The Department of Energy renewed the grant entitled, "Conduction Mechanisms and Structure in Single-Ion Polymer Conductors."  This project is a collaboration with Profs. Ralph Colby, Janna Marans, Karl Mueller and Jim Runt of the Pennsylvania State University.  New polymers are being designed and synthesized in an effort to understand what is necessary for the ions to conduct effeciently.  A driving force for our work is polymer electrolytes for light weight batteries.


New Grant to Study Diffusion in Polymer Nanocomposites!

The National Science Foundation has recently awarded Karen Winey (PI) and several collaborators (Russ Composto, Nigel Clarke and Tom McLeish) a Materials World Network grant to study polymer dynamics in the presence of nanoparticles.  We recently found that polymers behave difference in the presence of nanoparticles, where the polymer diffusion first slowed and then recovered with the addition of cylindrical nanoparticles, namely carbon nanotubes.  This research will allow for the fundamental understanding of this observed behavior by further studying the polymer dynamics in these nanocomposite systems using a coordinated experimental and theoretical approach.


Former Group Members Win Awards!  Well Done!!

Dr. M. Moniruzzaman was been recognized as a 2009 Most Valuable Players at SABIC Innovative Plastics.

Dr. Dan Polis has received a 2009 NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal for Materials Engineering Excellence in the Implementation of Composites for Primary Structure in NASA Human Spacecraft


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