Advanced processing technologies for thermoplastic resins using rheological and mechanical parameters to develop co-continuous structures at the micro-scale. An additional focus has been on developing and evaluating novel extruder and injection molding screw designs to optimize dispersive, distributive, and recirculatory mixing of molten thermoplastic polymers. Whereas early pioneering efforts focused on low temperature systems such as polystyrene and polyethylene, current work is targeted on higher performance engineering polymers and nanocomposites. Applications are an important part of my research effort and a major long-term effort to commercialize these materials in diverse structural applications is in progress.Citations/Papers:
“Application of Electron Beam Irradiation to Reduce Time-Dependent Creep Properties of High-Density Polyethylene”, Jennifer K. Lynch, Thomas Nosker, William Crilley; Proceedings of the Society of Plastics Engineers, 2009 ANTEC Conference, Chicago, IL, May (2009).
“A Novel Micro-Batch Mixer that Scales to a Single Screw Compounder”, Keith Luker, Jennifer K. Lynch, Thomas J. Nosker, Proceedings of the Society of Plastics Engineers, ANTEC Conference, Milwaukee, WI, May (2008).
“Development of a Composite Thermal Barrier Coating”, Jennifer K. Lynch, Thomas J. Nosker, David Ondre, Mark Mazar, Patrick Nosker, Annual Technical Meeting, Society of Plastics Engineers (2007).
“Recycling of Latex Based Paint as Polymer Feedstock Materials”, Jennifer K. Lynch, Thomas J. Nosker, Robert Hamill, Richard L. Lehman, Annual Technical Meeting, Society of Plastics Engineers (2006).
“Selected Physical Characteristics of Polystyrene/High Density Polyethylene Composites Prepared from Virgin and Recycled Materials”, Jayant Joshi, Richard Lehman, Thomas Nosker, J Appl Polym Sci 99: 2044–2051, (2006).
“Morphological effects on glass transition behavior in selected immiscible blends of amorphous and semicrystalline polymers”,Vivek Thirtha, Richard Lehman , Thomas Nosker, Polymer 47 5392–5401 (2006)
“Effect of additives on the compositional glass transition variation in PS/PP blends”, Vivek Thirtha, Richard Lehman, Thomas Nosker, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, October (2006).
“Glass Transition Effects in Immiscible Polymer Blends”, V. Thirtha, R. Lehman, T. Nosker, Proceedings, Society of Plastics Engineers 2005 ANTEC Conference, Boston, MA, May, (2005).
“Effect of Shear Rate and Mixer Residence Times on Morphology Development and Correlation to Young’s Modulus in PS/PP Blends Approaching Co-Continuity”, J. Joshi, R. Lehman, T. Nosker, Proceedings, Society of Plastics Engineers 2005 ANTEC Conference, Boston, MA, May, 2005.