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  • Kathryn L. Beers, Ph.D.
    11/08/16 - 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM

    POLY/PMSE Seminar: Kathryn L. Beers, Ph.D.

    Special Seminar

"NIST Polymers and Complex Fluids Group: Using Grafted Polymers as a Measurement Platform" 

Kathryn L. Beers, Ph.D., is the group leader for the Materials Science and Engineering Division, Polymers and Complex Fluids Group, for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Research interests include microreactors and microfluidics, advances in polymer synthesis and reaction monitoring, macromolecular separations, integrated and high throughput measurements of polymeric materials, degradable and renewable polymeric materials, and sustainable materials.


As a federally-owned and operated national laboratory in the Department of Commerce, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has a mission in the “sweet spot” of scientific and engineering research and development. With a mandate to promote the US economy, trade and quality of life, and a history of research programs focused on fundamental research and state-of-the-art measurements, our group has evolved to serve as a crossroads for many interactions between academia and industry. I will highlight several projects in the areas of melt rheology, polyelectrolyte solution structure, and model protein solutions that have leveraged deep scientific expertise, unique measurement capabilities, and partners in both universities and industry to advance key areas of materials research. The second half of the talk will go into more detail on the use of the grafted polymer chain as a way to probe polymer synthesis and behavior at interfaces.  In particular, our recent efforts to detect weak adsorption transitions and prepare model systems for semi-dilute near-surface dynamics will be described.

  • Event Details

    Location: 331 Smith Hall
    Host: POLY/PMSE Student Chapter
    • Kathryn L. Beers, Ph.D.
    • Kathryn Beers
    • Materials Science & Engineering Division
    • National Institute of Standards and Technology
    • Gaithersburg