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Multiscale Modeling of Polymeric Systems

The group is interested in developing methods for the study of properties of polymers in confined geometries, e.g., thin films and microfluidic channels, under non-equilibrium conditions. We have investigated the formation of structures in colloid/polymer mixtures under strong flow conditions (see image below). We have also examined the behavior of thin block copolymer polymer films under shear and the morphology of films precipitating from an evaporating solution, or being deposited from the gas phase during Matrix-Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation processes. 

  

[Image from Howard et al.Physical Review Fluids 1 (4), 044203 (2016)]