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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Physical Models and Characterization of Olefinic Copolymers


Material Measurement Laboratory, Materials Science and Engineering Division

opportunity location
50.64.21.B8270 Gaithersburg, MD

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Kathryn L. Beers 202-578-8353
Ronald L. Jones 301.975.4624
Kalman Migler 301 956 0555
Sara Orski 301-975-4671
Chad R. Snyder 301.975.4526


Manufacturability and life cycle assessments of polyolefin copolymers are hampered by multiscale characterization challenges. From molecular composition and distributions, to solution and bulk processing behavior, there are numerous limitations in the current technologies for characterizing these complex yet ubiquitous semi-crystalline polymers. Research in this area should contribute to advances in design, synthesis, or processing of advanced materials from these polymers, or the end of life challenges which exist for disposal, environmental impact assessment, or recycling of polyolefins.


key words
Polymers; Polyolefins; Semi-crystalline polymers; Polymer processing-structure relationships; Rheology, Neutron scattering; Thermal analysis; Molecular mass; Mass distributions; Polymer degradation; Polymer life cycle: Ocean plastic;


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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