Ananth is studying polymer conformations in ionic liquids. The aim of the project is to find the dependence of polymer size on the molecular weight, when the polymer is dissolved in an ionic liquid. The polymers studied are PEO and NIPAM. The studies will be conducted using rheology and light scattering techniques.
“Validation of a new multi-scale method for microheterogeneous structures by 3D printing. As experimental tests on many types of microheterogeneous structures are often not possible, the idea is to use 3D printing to regenerate some generic multi-scale structures artificially and then perform strength tests on it.”