PhD Proposal by Ruilong Ma

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    • Thursday April 27, 2017
      10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Location: MOSE 1201A
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Summary Sentence: Flexible, Stretchable Biopolymer-Graphene Nanocomposites

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THE SCHOOL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

 

GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

 

Under the provisions of the regulations for the degree

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

on Thursday, April 27, 2017

10:00 AM
in MOSE 1201A

 

will be held the

 

DISSERTATION PROPOSAL DEFENSE

for

 

Ruilong Ma

 

"Flexible, Stretchable Biopolymer-Graphene Nanocomposites"

 

Committee Members:

 

Dr. Vladimir Tsukruk, Advisor, MSE

Dr. Meisha Shofner, MSE

Dr. Paul Russo, MSE

Dr. Yulin Deng, ChBE

Dr. Andrei Fedorov, ME

 

Abstract:

 

Next-generation materials for advancing technologies require added functionalities as constrained by size, weight, power, and cost requirements. Flexible and stretchable materials are areas of intense research interest due to the emergent need for multi-functional devices to withstand strain without failure.  Whereas traditional (metallic, ceramic and semiconducting) device components are heavy, prone to breaking, and confined to their as-manufactured form-factor—soft materials, such as from bio-derived polymers, overcome these orthodoxies by enabling devices with diverse functions such as displays, energy harvesting/storage systems, and man-machine interfaces to operate under mobile and wearable environments.  For instance, in the rapidly evolving field of bio-interfaced (or skin-mounted) electronics, device flexibility opens routes toward the seamless and adaptive detection of fine-motor gestures, body health indicators, and external hazards such as noxious chemical or warfare agents. 

In this research, materials design is employed toward the innovation of biopolymer-graphene composites that combine the structural and functional capabilities of nanoscale components.  While the incredible mechanical robustness and chemical stability of certain bio-derived materials (i.e. spider silks, cellulose nanocrystals) are well-established, the exploration of these materials have thus far been limited to their use in structural applications.  Through controlling intermolecular forces during film assembly, and post-assembly processing, biopolymer composites with active materials are leveraged for uses beyond structural applications, toward application spaces such as conformable haptic sensing, energy storage, and waste-energy harvesting/recycling. 

Keywords:

Wearable electronics, silk fibroin, nanocellulose, gold nanoparticles, graphene oxide, chemical reduction, nanomanufacturing.

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  • Created By: Tatianna Richardson
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  • Created On: Apr 19, 2017 - 12:44pm
  • Last Updated: Apr 19, 2017 - 12:44pm