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Active and Reactive Composite Materials

Richard  Laine

Richard Laine

Director, Macromolecular Science and Engineering Center

University of Michigan

B.S. (Chem.), California State University, 1969
Ph.D. (Chem.), University of Southern California, 1973.

Also: Director, Macromolecular Science and Engineering Center

Research Interests:
Major research areas for the Laine group include the synthesis and processing of inorganic and organometallic hybrid polymers and nanooxide powders. Research in the hybrid area emphasizes the synthesis and characterization of nanobuilding blocks based on polyfunctional octahedral (octafunctional) and dodecahederal (dodecafunctional) silses-quioxanes (POSS) and nanocomposites therefrom wherein the periodicity and ordering of the inorganic and organic components are completely defined on a nanometer length scale. To date, POSS nanocomposites made include both aliphatic and aromatic epoxy resins, imides, amides, esters and simple hydrocarbon systems. Related work involves the synthesis of polyfunctional POSS with novel photonic or electronic properties.

Research in the nanooxide powder area emphasizes the direct synthesis of single and mixed-metal oxide nanopowders by flame spray pyrolysis of mixed-metal metalloorgan-ics. The resulting powders are characterized for their structural, catalytic (energy conver-sion in particular) and photonic applications. The effects of processing conditions on the catalytic, photonic and structural properties are of primary interest.

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