Microrheology of a Polymer Gel

Supervisor: Dr. John de Bruyn

Can extend to MSc?:  Yes 

Project Description (Abstract):

We are studying a polymer material known as Pluronic 127. This material has interesting rheological properties - in contrast to what happens in most materials, its viscosity increases dramatically as temperature increases. This is due to the formation of a crosslinked network of polymer molecules at higher temperatures. This project will use laser light scattering experiments to probe the structure and viscoelastic properties of this material on micron length scales. Combined with bulk-scale measurements performed using a shear rheometer, results of this work should give us a good physical picture of the structure of this material.

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