Hydrogen Bonded 2-Dimensional Polymers
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 4/23/2019

Opportunity Description

Title of Research Opportunity: Hydrogen Bonded 2-Dimensional Polymers Located at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is the Army's central laboratory. Its diverse assortment of unique facilities and dedicated workforce of government and private sector partners make up the largest source of world-class integrated research and analysis in the Army. The Composite and Hybrid Material Branch is seeking a highly motivated applicant in the area of synthetic organic and polymer chemistry to support mission programs related to soldier protection and augmentation. Synthetic targets that may be encountered include small molecules such as monomers, ligands, and catalysts that will be used in the preparation of 2-dimensional polymers with strong interlayer interactions such as hydrogen bonds. The ideal candidate will have a broad range of skills in organic and polymer chemistry including: multi-step organic synthesis with familiarity in air-free techniques; step-growth and chain-growth polymerizations including living polymerizations; 2D polymers; NMR, FTIR, UV-Vis, SEC, DSC and TGA. In addition, the preferred candidate will also have some prior experience with mechanical testing (DMA, rheology, tensile testing) and/or advanced microscopy (SEM, TEM, confocal) but is not required. Broadly speaking, the goal of the candidate’s research will be the development and elucidation of structure-property relationships in an effort to improve material properties for soldier protection. This research opportunity offers substantial opportunities for publishing in peer-reviewed journals as well as conference travel. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related discipline, and must be a US-citizen. Keywords: 2D polymers; hydrogen bonding

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