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Polymers and Nanocomposites (Polimeri si Nanocompozite)

Head: Prof. Dr. Mircea CHIPARA, The University of Texas Pan American


Research Directions:

I.       Physical Properties of Polymers

Amorphous Polymers: Glass Transitions and Relaxations in Amorphous Polymers

Crystalline and semi-crystalline Polymers: Melting and Crystallization of Polymers.

Self-Assembly of Macromolecular Chains

Mechanical Properties of Polymers (Molecular modeling, reptation, and statistical theories)

Thermodynamics (statistical physics) of Macromolecular Chains

Thermal and Electric Properties of Polymers

Optical Properties of Polymers

Polymer modifications (chemical and physical methods), lifetime, and ageing

Biopolymers and liquid crystals

II.    Nanocomposites

Synthesis and Characterization of Materials Confined/Structured at Nanometer Scale

Magnetic Properties of Matter Confined at Nanometer Scale (particles, nanowires, ultra-thin films).

Glass Transition and Relaxations in Nanoconfined Systems (ultra-thin polymeric films and multilayers).

Crystallization Processes in Structures Confined at Nanometer Scale

Polymer-Based Nanocomposites: Synthesis and Physical Properties

Polymer-Ferroics Nanocomposites

Biological and Medical Aspects of Nanomaterials and Nanocomposites  




1. M. D. Chipara, K. Lozano, A. Hernandez, M. Chipara, TGA analysis of polypropylene-carbon nanofibers composites, Polymer Degradation and Stability, 93(4):871-876, 2008 (TOP 25 PAPER).

2. L. F. Gou, M. Chipara, J. M. Zaleski, Convenient, rapid synthesis of Ag nanowires Chemistry of Materials, 19 (7): 1755-1760, 2007 (TOP PAPER).

3. Kin-Tak Lau, M. Chipara, Hang-Yin Ling, D. Hui, On the effective elastic moduli of carbon nanotubes for nanocomposite structures, Composites B, 35, 2, 95-101,2004 (TOP 25 PAPER).



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