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Polymers Processing Group

The Polymers Processing Group studies the processing and characterization of materials at dimensions where internal and external interfaces substantially impact their properties, with the intent of advancing measurement science, standards, and technology needed by U.S. industry.

Group Scope

Polymers are processed into films and other useful shapes through liquid → solid transitions. The structure that forms is always non-equilibrium and the processing parameter space is typically vast. We develop measurements to characterize the structure that forms during polymer processing, and to characterize how that structure forms. By applying these approaches, we aim to accelerate materials development and process development across applications including microelectronics, biosensing, and structural materials.


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News and Updates

Projects and Programs

Metrology for Nanolithography

Our goal is to develop measurements that quantify the shape, size, orientation, and fidelity of nanoscale patterns as a platform to quantitatively evaluate

Flexible and Printed Electronics

This project is focused on developing the measurement methods and polymer physics models needed to accelerate the innovation cycle for organic semiconductor

Resonant Soft X-ray Scattering (RSoXS)

Resonant soft X-ray scattering (RSoXS) is an emerging characterization technique that derives contrast from features in soft X-ray spectroscopy. RSoXS is a


Correlating Near-Infrared Spectra to Bulk Properties in Polyolefins

Bradley Sutliff, Shailja Goyal, Tyler Martin, Peter Beaucage, Debra Audus, Sara Orski
The industry standard for sorting plastic wastes is near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy, which offers rapid and nondestructive identification of various plastics


2019 - Arthur S. Flemming Award---R. Joseph Kline

For his interdisciplinary research of methods to determine the complex, three-dimensional structure of state-of-the-art microelectronic devices and the molecular structure and orientation of organic electronics materials for flexible electronics.


Materials Science and Engineering Division - Polymers Processing Group