Synthesis and Application of Super-Soft Elastomers
Prof. Christopher M. Bates
U.C. Santa Barbara, Materials Department
Tuesday, December 15, Webinar 6:30 PM Pacific time
Traditional elastomers — for example, rubber bands and car tires — have an inescapable lower bound on stiffness that limits their performance in many advanced applications. My talk will discuss a relatively new class of materials known as super-soft elastomers that break this conventional paradigm in mechanical properties. We have developed simple synthetic strategies to create super-soft elastomers from easy-to-access molecular building blocks and versatile processing techniques to control physical properties and facilitate device integration. T he utility of this material platform is demonstrated by designing high sensitivity pressure sensors and new inks for extrusion-based 3D printing.
Christopher M. Bates earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2007 and received a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013 under the guidance of C. Grant Willson. After a postdoc with Robert H. Grubbs at the California Institute of Technology, Christopher moved to the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2016 as an Assistant Professor in the Materials Department.
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