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Associate Professor, Oregon State University
Microtechnology-Based Energy and Chemical Systems, Nanoscale Metrology and Nanoelectronics, Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing
The Simonsen research group is active in a number of application areas, all focused on polymer nanocomposites. Examples of application areas are: hemodialysis membranes, industrial toxic chemical barrier films, tissue engineering materials, pervaporation membranes, and solid polymer electrolytes for lithium batteries. The nanoparticle we incorporate into most of these polymer nanocomposites is the cellulose nanocrystal (CNXL). This renewable, low cost, high aspect ratio nanoparticle has a stiffness of 145 GPa and a strength estimated at 7.5 GPa. Chemical modification of CNXLs is well established and straightforward, making them ideal platforms from which to develop a variety of advanced nanotechnology systems for a wide variety of applications.