Alexandra Emma Schwindt
Hometown: Plano, Texas, United States
Graduation date: Spring 2022
FURI | Spring 2020
Mechanoresponse Activity in Polymer Nanocomposites
Phase change polymers are a class of polymer materials used by the US Army to make lightweight and energy-storing materials needed in various equipment. The aim of this research was to thermomechanically characterize phase change polymers loaded with varying weight concentrations of metallic nanoparticles. This project will focus on characterizing properties to tailor an optimum composite with a low elastic modulus, high electrical resistance when amorphous, and high strain to failure ratio. The optimum composite was proven to contain an intermediate loading of nanoparticles.
Mentor: Matthew Green