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RAP opportunity at Naval Research Laboratory     NRL

High Temperature Polymers/Composites, Refractory Ceramics and Additive Manufacturing of High Temperature Materials


Naval Research Laboratory, DC, Chemistry

opportunity location
64.15.15.B8451 Washington, DC 203755321


name email phone
Matthew Laskoski 202.404.1791


The basic and applied research focuses on the design, synthesis, and development of advanced concepts and methods concerning the in situ synthesis of refractory nanocrystalline solid ceramics in one-step from a polymeric method, novel compounds/resins/polymers with unique high-temperature properties, flame resistant composites and novel thermal protection system technologies. Potential applications for the innovative materials include structural (e.g., hypersonic vehicles, aircraft, ship, automobile, and missile), energy (nuclear, battery, solar, windmill, and fuel cell), water purification, air filtration, coating, and composite applications. Our research activities have resulted in the development and transition to applied DOD programs and to industry of novel high-temperature polymers/composites, and a new inexpensive method for the direct fabrication of nanocrystalline shaped refractory ceramics without the need of hot press sintering of ceramic powders. A wide range of instruments is available for characterization and evaluation studies of the new materials in addition collaborations with other DoD laboratories, industrial partners and academic institutions.



Laskoski, M., Prestigiacomo, J., Dyatkin, B., Keller, T. M., Mahzabeen, W., Shepherd, A. R., Osofsky, M. (2021). Synthesis and material properties of polymer-derived niobium carbide and niobium nitride nanocrystalline ceramics. Ceramics International47(1), 1163-1168.

Laskoski, M., Shepherd, A. R., Mahzabeen, W., Clarke, J. S., Keller, T. M., Sorathia, U. (2018). Sustainable, fire-resistant phthalonitrile-based glass fiber composites. Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry56(11), 1128-1132.

Dyatkin, B., Laskoski, M., Edelen III, W. K., Qadri, S. B., Keller, T. M. (2021). Synthesis, structure, and properties of polymer-derived, metal-reinforced boron carbide cermet composites. International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology18(2), 457-471.

Dyatkin, B., Osti, N. C., Smith, R. W., Tyagi, M., Butler, T., Laskoski, M. (2020). Chemical structure and curing dynamics of bisphenol S, PEEK-like, and resveratrol phthalonitrile thermoset resins. Journal of Polymer Science58(24), 3419-3431.


key words
Ceramics; Polymers; Resins; Heterocyclic chemistry; Carbon-carbon composites; Organic matrix composites; additive manufacturing; 3D printing;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$94,199.00 $3,000.00
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