Flow-induced crystallization of polymers

Semi-crystalline polymers are a very important class of engineering thermoplastic. When subjected to flow, the polymer chains get stretched and crystallize more readily. We try to understand this flow-induced crystallization using AFM, calorimetry, optical microscopy, rheology and X-ray scattering experiments. Ongoing polymer crystallization projects include polyethylene, polypropylene, poly(ethylene oxide), poly(ether ether ketone), and polyamides.

Campus(es): 
University Park
Work Setting(s): 
On campus
Area(s): 
Engineering
Description of responsibilities and minimum qualifications: 

We ask that students commit to 10 hours/week in the lab. All students are welcome to join (even Freshmen) and the sooner you start the more you can do!

Available Term(s): 
On-going
Position Type(s): 
Volunteer
Number of positions available: 
2
Application Instructions: 

Please e-mail your CV with some information about your interests to Prof Colby at colby@matse.psu.edu

Last Updated: 
November 13, 2023