Chemistry to Develop Additive Manufacturing Polyme
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 12/23/2018

Opportunity Description

Title of Research Opportunity: Chemistry to Develop Additive Manufacturing Polymers The primary focus of the research fellow would be to chemically prepare organic and organic-inorganic hybrid monomers and thermosetting polymers from renewable and non-renewable sources for composites, coatings, and additive manufacturing applications. The research fellow would prepare novel monomers and oligomers, characterize the monomers and resins, prepare polymers using UV cure, ambient reactive extrusion, and other additive manufacturing techniques, and characterize the thermal and mechanical properties of the resulting polymers. For composites and additive manufacturing, the resins developed should have high thermal properties, strength and toughness to potentially enable applications towards structural materials and protection. The research fellow should have expertise in many of the following: synthetic organic chemistry; boron chemistry; analytical chemistry, including NMR, FTIR, Mass spectrometry, gel permeation chromatography; preparatory chemistry, including chromatography methods; polymer chemistry; thermoset chemistry; photocure; polymer thermal characterization, including dynamic mechanical analysis and differential scanning calorimetry; rheology; polymer mechanical properties; microscopy. The candidate must have good written and verbal skills in order to disseminate findings within ARL or publicly. The candidate must be willing and able to do research in a team environment. A degree in science or engineering is required, with a preference for chemistry, although other related degrees would also be considered. A minimum of a B.S. is required, although a Ph.D. is strongly preferred. In all cases, the mentor(s) will be working with the researcher on a regular basis at a frequency dependent on the candidate’s experience. U.S. Citizenship is required. Keywords: Chemistry, materials, polymers, additive manufacturing, 3D printing

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