Polymer Physics and Advanced Processing
Research is devoted to understanding structure, nucleation, morphology, crystallization kinetics, functionality and properties of semi-crystalline multiphasic polymers. Studies involve a wide diversity of materials such as designed and compounded blends, nanocomposites, polymer blend nanocomposites and bionanocomposites.
Current studies include study the effect of confinement in polymer crystallization, understanding crystalline memory and shape memory successive self-nucleation and annealing, effect of nanofillers (CNTs, nanocelullose, graphene, barium sulfate ,nanosilica) on polymer crystallization and blend morphology, stereocomplexation, isodimorphism, chain microstructural effects in biodegradable copolymers and complex multiphasic systems based on multi-crystalline block and statistical copolymers.
Polymer physics concepts are also applied to classic polyolefins, new biodegradable polymer systems as well as semiconducting polymer systems.
Assembly has played a key role in the development of the polymer industry. Research in this area is inspired by Nature to extract the basic principles and then develop materials with functionalities that are not attainable by the current polymers.
Current efforts include a variety of processing and self-assembly methods of new polymers such as of aromatic oligomers, supramolecular polymers, organic gels, nucleic acid oligomers or understanding film formation from polymer colloids.
Our efforts in additive manufacturing include advanced polymer 3D printing technologies such as fused filament fabrication, stereolithography, bioprinting or electrospinning. Our efforts in additive manufacturing are supported by synthetic, rheological, theoretical and applied research.