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Graphene dispersions, composites, and gels


Graphene, i.e. single-layer graphite sheets, show extraordinary promise for the development of polymer nanocomposites with targeted properties. This webinar summarizes the work which details “pristine” graphene may be stabilized, dispersed, and processed for use in a range of high-performance materials. The webinar also demonstrates novel results in the use of graphene as physical crosslinks and percolating network components in polymer hydrogels and cryogels. Hydrogel rheological measurements indicate that the graphene sheets actually act as physical crosslinking points in the gel, allowing for self-healing properties.

Date: 2014-02-19, 11:00 - 11:45
Language: English
Trainer: Dr. Micah J. Green

Micah J. Green is a Borger, Texas native who received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Texas Tech in 2002 as a third-generation Red Raider. He then entered the Chemical Engineering Ph.D. program at MIT where he was co-advised by National Academy members Bob Armstrong and Bob Brown.  His Ph.D focused on computational studies of phase behavior of liquid crystals; his studies also included a minor in the History of Christianity at Harvard.  After finishing his Ph.D. in 2007, he moved to Rice University where he worked on carbon nanotube fibers as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology. 

He joined the faculty of the Texas Tech Department of Chemical Engineering as an Assistant Professor in 2009. He has received both the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2012) and the Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (2010) for his work in the area of graphene dispersion, morphology dynamics, and composites. His group combines experiment and simulation to bring the fields of chemical engineering, colloidal science, and polymer physics to bear on critical nanotechnology applications. He is also active in NSF-sponsored outreach programs, including the successful “Science and Science Fiction” flex course at New Deal High School and the introductory engineering course for the TTU Honors College.

Contact person and registration:
Hayley Gilbert
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