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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Nanomechanical Properties of Polymer Thin Films


Material Measurement Laboratory, Materials Science and Engineering Division

opportunity location
50.64.21.B5585 Gaithersburg, MD

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Christopher M. Stafford 301.975.4368


When polymers are confined to small dimensions, it has been shown that their properties can deviate quite dramatically from their bulk counterparts. In particular, we are interested in how the mechanical properties of polymer thin films change under confinement. We are applying a wrinkling-based metrology to elucidate the mechanical response of confined and/or structured polymer films. Of interest is how chain architecture, main chain stiffness, and side group flexibility impacts the elastic modulus of ultrathin polymer films. Additionally, we are developing methods for quantifying the tensile strength of such films as well as probing their viscoelastic properties.


key words
Wrinkling; Mechanical properties; Modulus; Toughness; Polymer; Thin films


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$82,764.00 $3,000.00
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