Nicholas’ Poster Session Summary:
The prospect of designing the physical properties of polymeric materials is powerful. Polymers are composed of chain-like “macromolecules,” comprised of a linked sequence of chemical subunits called monomers. Properties of the material are governed by the choice and arrangement of these monomers. One property relevant to practical applications is the “glass transition”–the temperature at which the sample transforms from a melt to an amorphous solid. My research involves creating theoretical models to yield strategies that use control of macromolecular chemical architecture to tailor the glass transition of bulk polymers, as well as polymer thin films.
by Nicholas B. Tito