Improved Photocured Additively Manufactured Polyme
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 5/11/2019

Opportunity Description

Title of Research Opportunity: Improved Photocured Additively Manufactured 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 primary focus of the research fellow would be to chemically prepare monomers from renewable and non-renewable sources. The research fellow would prepare novel monomers and oligomers, characterize the monomers and resins. The researcher would then prepare the polymers using photocure techniques and relevant additive manufacturing processes. Lastly, the research fellow would characterize the thermal and mechanical properties of the resulting polymers. A major goal of this research is to develop photocurable resins that produce morphology to toughen the polymer properties. The research fellow should have expertise in many of the following: synthetic organic chemistry; analytical chemistry, including NMR, FTIR, Mass spectrometry, gel permeation chromatography; preparatory chemistry, including chromatography methods; polymer chemistry; thermoset chemistry; photocure; polymer thermal characterization; rheology; polymer mechanical properties, including dynamic mechanical analysis and differential scanning calorimetry; 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 collaborate in a team environment. Eligibility: 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. Keywords: Chemistry, materials, polymers, additive manufacturing, 3D printing

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