PhD Defense by Yi Li

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    • Friday April 2, 2021
      11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Location: Atlanta, GA
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Summary Sentence: Investigation of Processing-Structure-Property Relations in Vapor Phase Modified Cellulosic Materials”

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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 Friday, April 2, 2021
11:00 AM
 

 

via 

  

BlueJeans Video Conferencing 

https://bluejeans.com/1297436945  


will be held the

DISSERTATION DEFENSE


for


Yi Li

“Investigation of Processing-Structure-Property Relations in Vapor Phase Modified Cellulosic Materials”

Committee Members:
 

 

Prof. Mark Losego, Advisor, MSE

Prof. Robert Moon, MSE

Prof. Christopher Luettgen, ChBE

Prof. Meisha Shofner, MSE

Prof. Kyriaki Kalaitzidou, ME


Abstract: 

 

Cellulosic materials are widely used in our daily lives for paper products and functional polymers. The cellulose molecule has a high density of hydroxyl groups, which causes strong intra-/inter- fiber hydrogen bonding. These abundant hydroxyl groups make cellulose super-hydrophilic and difficult to disperse or dissolve in nonpolar organic solvents or polymers. The traditional methods to functionalize cellulose is either surface modification or regeneration. Vapor phase modification of cellulose has gained interest in recent years. Instead of using liquid phase precursor solutions, vapor phase processing uses gas molecules as precursors to realize surface coatings with better uniformity and consistency amongst batches. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique can be conducted at relative lower reaction temperatures (25 – 300) and realize a conformal coating on substrates with high aspect ratios.

 

Reported literatures on ALD modified cellulose are more focus on functional coatings, replicas, physicochemical property of new generated materials, while less focus has been given to studying the reaction mechanisms and underlying physics of the physicochemical property changes. This work focuses on the study of the initial cycle’s reaction mechanism and process-structure-property relation for TMA and water reacting with cellulose substrates. Different cellulose products (chromatography paper, cotton ball and cellulose free-standing film made from cellulose nanofibrils) were investigated for their corresponding properties after ALD reaction. Specifically, this work contains three sections, which are (1) Investigating the heat stimulated surface wettability transition after “low” cycle ALD reaction on cellulosic materials, then apply different wetting models to explain this wettability transition. (2) Investigating the reaction mechanism and resulting physicochemical property difference for low cycle of TMA and water ALD reacted cellulose nanofilms. (3) Developing new ALD processing recipes to modify cellulose nanofilms by exploring the effect of the TMA exposure time to alter the cellulose’s chemistry and physical microstructure.

 

This study provides a novel insight of surface property and mechanical property control for cellulosic materials through ALD process parameters development and will offer guideline information for future process development and substrate selection to achieve designed material property.

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