Kenneth N. Edwards Western Coatings Technology Center

Advancing Polymers and Coatings Science

A group of students doing research

Research

Research areas include:

  • Accelerated weathering of marble and resin compatibility through conservation of Nice Muses Roman Sarcophagus
  • Advanced corrosion detection methods on aluminum
  • ASTM VOC test method development
  • Atomic force microscopy of thin films
  • Colorant effects on architectural coating rheology
  • Determination of exempt solvents by solid-phase microextraction (ASTM D6438)
  • Effects of functional nanoparticles on coating performance
  • Interactions of surfactants and polymeric surfactants on coating rheology
  • Membrane and surfactant biophysics
  • Nano-structuring of polymers
  • Organic-inorganic hybrid nanocomposites
  • Oxime ether surfactants
  • Paper based microfluidics
  • Polyelectrolyte and protein adsorption studies monitored via ATR/FTIR, QCM, and AFM
  • Self-Regulating, Self-Pressurizing Tubules for Integrated Circulatory Systems
  • Semi-conducting polymers
  • Thermally responsive materials for development of insensitive munitions and self-healing coatings

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