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Seminar 4/2/2014 - Rajeswari Kasi, University of Connecticut: New Architectures from Side Chain Liquid Crystalline and Brush ...

Title: New Architectures from Side Chain Liquid Crystalline and Brush (co)Polymers: Synthesis, Self-assembly and Function

Abstract: We are interested in developing general molecular engineering approaches to (co)polymers containing side-chain liquid crystalline and semicrystalline brush units. These polymers self-assemble into hierarchical nanostructures with organization over several length scales that allows for evolution of unique property and function. In these polymeric libraries, we exploit liquid crystalline units for their responsive properties, optical and mechanical features and semicrystalline brush units for their mechanical and thermal features. The applications of these materials and their nanocomposites will also be discussed.

Brief Bio: Raji Kasi is currently an associate professor in the Polymer Program at the Institute of Materials Science and the Chemistry Department at the University of Connecticut (UConn), Storrs. She completed her doctoral degree in Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst from Bryan Coughlin’s group in 2004. Her postdoctoral work was performed at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in Marc Hillmyer’s group between 2004-2006. She began her independent career at UConn in 2006.

All seminars are held on Wednesdays from 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. in the Bowen Hall Auditorium Room 222. A light lunch is provided at 11:30 a.m. in the Bowen Hall Atrium immediately prior to the seminar.

Location: Bowen Hall Auditorium

Date/Time: 04/02/14 at 12:00 pm - 04/02/14 at 1:00 pm

Category: PRISM/PCCM Seminar Series

Department: PRISM