Current Research Interests
- Sustainable and conventional polymer nanocomposites
- Polylactic acid (PLA) synthesis by ring-opening polymerization using layered double hydroxides (LDHs)
- Network formation by in-situ polymerization of lactone monomers with anionic LDHs
- Rheology of polymer melts containing hybrid organic/inorganic networks
- Contribution of hybrid networks to polymer nanocomposite strength and toughness
- Matrix/reinforcement interface characterization using Raman spectroscopy and FRET
Past Research Activities
- Combustion modeling of epoxy/E-glass composites using finite difference models
- Mechanical failure of load bearing composites under imposed heat loads
- Thermal expansion of fluoroelastomer seal materials
- Process intensification and miniaturization
- Photopolymerization of flowing film pre-polymer melts on spinning disc surfaces
- Micromixing, nucleation and crystallization in parallel channel microreactors
- Influence of micromixing conditions on particle size distributions of barium sulfate suspensions
B. Chem. Eng., M. Research and Ph.D. in Chemical and Process Engineering from Newcastle University, UK
Thesis: "Production of Polymer Nanocomposites using Intensified Technology"
Professional and Academic Society Memberships
American Chemical Society
Materials Research Society
- E.D. McCarthy et al., Characterization of poly(lactide) polymerized in-situ with layered double hydroxide, ACS PMSE Preprint, Fall Meeting, Denver, CO, US (2011).
- E.D. McCarthy et al., Application of an intensified narrow channel reactor to the aqueous phase precipitation of barium sulfate, J. Colloid. Interf. Sci. 305, 72-87 (2007).
- E.D. McCarthy, Factors affecting the coefficient of thermal expansion in fluoroelastomer seal material, Sealing Technology, Dec 2008, 7-10.
- E.D. McCarthy et al., A thermal model for spontaneous combustion of fiber-reinforced composite laminates, in prep.
- M. Zammarano et al., Revealing the interface in polymer nanocomposites, ACS Nano, 5, 3991 (2011).
- E. Kandare et al., Fiber-reinforces epoxy composites exposed to high temperature environments. Part II: modeling mechanical property degradation, J. Comp. Mat., online, Nov 2010.
Edward D. McCarthy
Materials Science and Engineering Division
Sustainable Polymers Group
2010 - present: Research Associate, Polymers Division, NIST
2009 - 2010: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Centre for Materials Research and Innovation, University of Bolton, UK
2007 - 2009: Material Scientist, Perlast Ltd., UK
Ph.D., Chemical and Process Engineering
Newcastle University, UK, 2007
Advisor: K. Boodhoo
B.Eng. (Honors) & M.Res., Chemical and Process Engineering, (Process Intensification)
Newcastle University, 2002