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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Hierarchical structures for multifunctional, tough composites, textiles, and elastomers


Material Measurement Laboratory, Materials Measurement Science Division

opportunity location
50.64.31.B8486 Gaithersburg, MD

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Aaron M. Forster 301.975.8701
Amanda Lattam Forster 301.975.5632


Natural systems combine structure and chemistry to induce long-range, order from nanometer to meter length scales. The ability to assemble anisotropic materials via biochemical processes can revolutionize the discovery and manufacturing of high-strength multifunctional materials. The goal of this project is to develop advanced manufacturing and process monitoring techniques r to generate innovative high strength materials based on bioinspired designs. Nanomaterials (e.g. carbon nanotubes, graphene, or nanocellulose) are combined with external fields (e.g. flow, electrical, or magnetic) to create membranes, fibers, and fiber reinforced nanocomposites.  We develop novel process measurement tools to control the nanoscale structure of the material and macroscale measurement tools to quantify macroscale mechanical, electrical, or sensing properties. This understanding will develop next generation multifunctional, high-strength materials and composites. Candidates with expertise in mechanics, biochemistry, rheology, spectroscopic or electronic imaging techniques are ideal.

key words
Electrophoretic deposition; high strength materials; Mechanical properties; Electrical conductivity; Nanocomposites; Percolated networks; Carbon nanotubes; Graphene; Nanocellulose; Non-destructive imaging; Fracture; Structural health monitoring; advanced manufacturing; toughness, ballistic resistant, impact resistant


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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