Rapid Thermal Annealing of Polymers As a New Venue to Functionalize and Template Hard Materials by Prof. Reika Katsumata, University of Massachusetts Amherst



Rapid Thermal Annealing of Polymers As a New Venue to Functionalize and Template Hard Materials

Prof. Reika Katsumata

Polymer Science and Engineering Department

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Wednesday, February 17,   Webinar at 6:00 PM Pacific time


Rationally designed nanostructures often reveal unexpected properties that are inaccessible in the bulk form. To this end, Polymer-based rapid thermal annealing (RTA) will be a game-changer for manufacturing 3D nano-structured hard materials. RTA is a classic doping method of semiconductor with a capability of heating up to ~1200 °C at 100 °C/sec by near-infrared radiation. Compared to intensive research for semiconductors, RTA is far less explored for polymers. In this talk, I will introduce our current progress on fabricating porous reduced graphene oxide and other materials via RTA.

Speaker Background:

Reika Katsumata is an assistant professor of the Polymer Science and Engineering Department at U. Mass Amherst since 2018. After obtaining her B.E. and M.E. degrees in organic and polymeric materials at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Reika made a big move to the States, where she earned her Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining U. Mass, she completed her postdoctoral training at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The Katsumata Group’s overarching research goal is to design extremely confined soft/hard interfaces, focusing on dynamics, wettability, and mechanics. She has been awarded the ACS petroleum research fund Doctoral New Investigator Grant and NSF CAREER Award.

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