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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Combinatorial Approaches to Intelligent Surfaces by Polymer Grafting


Material Measurement Laboratory, Materials Science and Engineering Division

opportunity location
50.64.21.B5946 Gaithersburg, MD

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Kathryn L. Beers 202-578-8353


The development of nanomaterials, biomaterials, sensor films, and surface measurement methods require well-defined substrates that vary in relevant surface parameters. This project employs combinatorial gradients, arrays, and patterned surfaces of grafted polymers to generate robust, information-rich substrates for (1) the understanding/control of film behavior, and stimulus-responsive interfaces and (2) development of new bio- and nanometrology tools. In particular, we creatively harness microfluidic technology, basic microfabrication tools such as imprinting, and controlled surface-polymerization to produce complex surfaces which provide multivariate insight into the kinetics and thermodynamics of surface chemistry, phase ordering, mechanical properties, and other surface phenomena. We are particularly interested in the response to temperature, solvents, radiation, pH, ionic strength, biomolecules, and impact on thin polymer film behavior. High-throughput characterization methods include spectroscopy, optical and scanned probe microscopy, scattering, reflectivity, ellipsometry, and contact angle measurements. See


key words
Biotechnology; Combinatorial; Controlled polymerization; Nanotechnology; Sensors; Surfaces;


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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