Dr. Louis Madsen
Our perceptions of "soft" materials (e.g., polymers or liquid crystals) rely mostly on bulk macroscopic properties and on observations made after synthesis and processing are complete. However, to best design soft materials we must gain insights into their structure and dynamics at the molecular level, as these properties govern their macroscopic behavior. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is especially well suited to investigating and quantifying structure, dynamics, and morphology and is the primary method used in our laboratory. Thus, we hope to span the molecular and macroscopic worlds, both to give a more complete picture of soft material behavior and to provide calculated feedback on synthesis and processing efforts.
|Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Department of Chemistry
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Blacksburg, VA 24061