The Ashby and Sheiko labs have published their collaborative development of a new type of triple shape memory programming in the journal Polymer. Unlike traditional TSM programming techniques that utilize separate thermal transitions to encode each distinct shape, they report that multiple shapes may be encoded independently at different time stages of the same isothermal crystallization process, and then […]...
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Annie successfully defended her dissertation titled “Utilizing Functionalization to Access Advanced Materials Properties.” Congratulations Annie, and good luck as you begin your career....
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Annie Jackson and former student Dr. Sarah Brosnan recently published work in Macromolecular Rapid Communications “Shape Memory Particles Capable of Controlled Geometric and Chemical Asymmetry made from Aliphatic Polyesters.” Abstract: A novel method for producing monodisperse micro- and nanosized shape memory particles from various shape memory polymers (SMPs) is reported. This method uses a polydimethyl- siloxane […]...
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Sara’s publication entitled, “Switchable Micropatterned Surface Topographies Mediated by Reversible Shape Memory” was recently published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Abstract: Reversibly switching topography on micrometer length scales greatly expands the functionality of stimuli-responsive substrates. Here we report the first usage of reversible shape memory for the actuation of two-way transitions between micros...
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Current and former students Sara Turner and Sarah Brosnan had work published in Macromolecules recently in collaboration with researchers in the Sheiko group.  They reported a new way to affect reversible shape switches in semicrystalline elastomers. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ma4023185  ...
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Sara and Katie traveled to Dallas to present their work on high performance self-healing materials and iodinated nanoparticle contrast agents, respectively.  ...
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Katie passed her qualifying exam in February.  Go Katie!...
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Duy’s recent publication entitled, “Near-infrared activation of semi-crystalline shape memory nanocomposites” was recently published in the Journal of Applied Polymer Science.  Full text is available here....
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Our research group focuses on the design and synthesis of novel polymeric materials.  We utilize unique approaches to address the continued need for new materials with advanced properties. In line with these priorities, the research has explored a broad range of topics from polymer/quasicrystal composites to high performance polymers to functionalized elastomers to our newest interests, functionalized biomaterials.

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