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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.

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Number of undergraduates needed: 2
Minimum qualifications: Materials Science or Chemical Engineering undergradautes

Contact Info

Ralph Colby
305 Steidle Building
Earth and Mineral Sciences
8148633457
colby@matse.psu.edu
Materials Science & Engineering