The Multi-Scale Composites and Polymers division consists of four integrated research groups that employ 55 full-time research staff members. The division specializes in full-service research in new organic polymer-based composites, ranging from creation and functionalization of nanoparticles; polymer synthesis and formulation, conversion into films, prepregs, and composites; and manufacturing scale-up, process modeling, tool design, and characterization.
The Multifunctional Products Group conducts research on all carbons ranging from nanotubes to carbon/carbon and carbon foams and conducts research on functionalization of nanoparticles, custom formulations and compounding, polymer synthesis, and characterization testing. The Advanced Composites Group conducts research on high-temperature composites, thermal management, environmental durability, and mechanics modeling of composite laminates, with a focus on Air Force applications.
The division performs contracted research with over 50 entities including federal labs, industry, and universities. Projects include development of lightweight, structural composites armor, structural composites for aerospace, fire resistant polymers, low cost tooling, thermal management solids and liquids, co-injection molding, and full-spectrum characterization support.