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Gel Permeation Chromatograph for Complex Polymer Composites

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Technical Report,05 Jun 2018,31 May 2019

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Cambridge United States

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Major Goals This proposal outline the purchase of a Gel Permeation Chromatograph, to be used for characterizing polymers synthesized in the Macfarlane lab for DOD-relevant projects. This instrumentation was obtained to aid in the determination of molecular weight and dispersity of polymers to be used in the fabrication of composites with novel mechanical, optical, electrical, or coupled combinations of these properties. Instrumentation is housed and maintained in the Macfarlane lab, but of free use to other members of the local community.Accomplishments Instrumentation was purchased and is currently operational. Use of the instrument has been vital in multiple research projects, and enabled significant advances that would not have been otherwise possible. Additionally, instrumentation has been made available to other groups at MIT for any polymer characterization they find helpful or necessary. Training Opportunities Multiple students in the Macfarlane lab and other labs at MIT are now familiar with the operation and maintenance of the state-of-the-art polymer characterization instrumentation this will help them immensely in their future careers.

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  • Physical Chemistry
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

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