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Functional Polymers Group


OE Leah and Youngsuk - GloveboxThe Functional Polymers Group develops measurement methods, data, standards, and science for the functional properties (e.g. electronic, ion transport) of polymeric materials within functional devices and applications in forms that include thin films, interfaces, nanostructures, and membranes. We provide expertise in polymer phase behavior, molecular order formation, thin film mechanics, adhesion, in situ processing measurements, nanofabrication, and polymer dynamics needed to improve the performance of polymers in application areas such as energy and electronics.


Dimensional Metrology for Nanofabrication—Our goal is to develop measurements that quantify the shape, size, orientation, and fidelity of nanoscale patterns as a platform to quantitatively evaluate nanofabrication and assembly processes. …

Organic Electronics and Photovoltaics—Organic electronics and photovoltaic technology are reaching critical mass with the establishment of a U.S. consortium and the recent introduction of new products into the marketplace. …

Energy Storage & Delivery—The goal of the project is to develop measurement methods to characterize the nanoscale structure and dynamics of polymer electrolyte membranes (PEMs) to enable the development of robust fuel …

COMPLETED: Polymers for Next-Generation Lithography—Our goal is to develop measurement methods with sufficiently high spatial resolution to uncover the materials limitations in the resolution of state-of-the-art photoresist formulations. …

Metrology for Nanoimprint Lithography—Our goal is to develop, advance, and demonstrate measurements that facilitate Nanoimprint Lithography (NIL) as a viable technology for the patterning of robust, reliable, and functional …

COMPLETED: Templated Assembly of Block Copolymer Films—Our goal is to develop critical measurement solutions that enable nanomanufacturing with template guided block copolymer assembly for next generation magnetic data storage, nanoscale electronics, …

COMPLETED: Dimensional Metrology for Nanoscale Patterns— Our goal is to develop and demonstrate precise measurement methods that quantify the physical shape, critical dimensions (CD) and the structure of nanoscale patterns and thin films using …

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Functional Polymers

Christopher Soles, Group Leader

301-975-8087 Phone
301-975-3928 Facsimile

100 Bureau Dr. M/S 8541
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8541