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Thermally and Mechanically Responsive Platforms for Functional Polymeric Materials


Versaw, Brooke Ann (2023) Thermally and Mechanically Responsive Platforms for Functional Polymeric Materials. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/2hwm-af78.


Connecting a polymer’s reactivity or properties to its working environment is a grand challenge in polymer chemistry. Research towards this goal is driven both by a fundamental interest in mimicking nature’s ability to create surfaces that adapt to their surroundings and a practical desire to tailor the properties of materials to the wide-ranging contexts where they find use. This thesis investigates the development of polymers that exhibit productive changes in physical properties or chemical reactivity under an applied environmental stimulus.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:polymer chemistry, polymer mechanochemistry, stimuli-responsive polymers, stimuli-responsive materials
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Major Option:Chemistry
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Robb, Maxwell J.
Thesis Committee:
  • Stoltz, Brian M. (chair)
  • Reisman, Sarah E.
  • Agapie, Theodor
  • Robb, Maxwell J.
Defense Date:24 April 2023
Funding AgencyGrant Number
NSF Graduate Research FellowshipDGE-1745301
Resnick Sustainability InstituteUNSPECIFIED
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:04272023-220317123
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Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:15146
Deposited By: Brooke Versaw
Deposited On:15 May 2023 20:17
Last Modified:15 Nov 2023 21:45

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