Deakin Research

Institute for Frontier Materials

Polymers

Polymer spherulites viewed between crossed polarisers

Introduction

Polymers have significant impact on the world today. Applications for polymers extend from adhesives, coatings, painting, foams and packaging to structural materials, composites, textiles, electronic and optical devices, biomaterials and many other uses in industries and our daily life. The polymers research at Deakin University involves studying fundamental principles in polymer science both theoretically and experimentally, developing new polymeric materials, and conducting commercial research with industry partners.

Group members

Students

  • Gigi George
  • Shuhua Peng
  • Nisa Salim
  • Andreea Voda
  • Shuying Wu
  • Renyan Xiong

DIRI students

  • Elizabeth Charankattu
  • P Deepalekshmi
  • Jini Varghese
  • Eldho Elias

Capabilities

  • Polymer processing equipment (extruders, Brabender mixer, etc)
  • Construction of reaction devices and pilot operation
  • Monitoring/modelling of polymer processing
  • Rubber processing and testing
  • Supercritical carbon dioxide extraction system
  • UV reaction chamber and photopolymerization
  • Ozonolysis and ozone reaction facility
  • Surface spin coating
  • Mechanical and fracture mechanical tests
  • Thermal analysis (DSC, DMTA and TGA)
  • Dynamic light scattering
  • X-ray analysis (WAXS, SAXS, XRD, etc)
  • Electron microscopy (SEM, TEM, cryo-TEM and FESEM)
  • Surface analysis (ATR-FTIR, AFM, etc)

Contact for Further Information

Professor Qipeng Guo

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20th February 2012