THE PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY OF POLYMERS AND GLASSES

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Grp Pic Fall 2011 Group Picture
Spring 2014: Front row (left to right): Siyang Gao, Evelyn Lopez, and Ran Tao
Back row: Haoyu Zhao, Dr. Yung P. Koh, Prof. Sindee L. Simon, Naz Sakib, and Madhusudhan Pallaka

Professor Sindee L. Simon's research group focuses on the physics and chemistry of polymers and glass-forming materials. Using calorimetry, dilatometry, and mechanical experiments, coupled with rigorous analysis and modeling, her research laboratory elucidates fundamental questions in three broad areas of materials physics and chemistry:

  1. Structural recovery and aging of glasses
  2. Viscoelastic bulk modulus of polymers and nanocomposites
  3. Properties and reactions at the nanoscale

She has performed important work testing and developing the empirical models of structural recovery, is one of the few researchers in the world to be able to measure the time-dependent bulk modulus, and has pioneered research on polymerization reaction kinetics and thermodynamics at the nanoscale.