Undergraduate Assistant for Smart Polymer Research - Physics

Thermo-responsive polymers like poly(Nisopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) undergo a reversible coil-to-globule transition due to the formation of intramolecular hydrogen bonds, after which the chains collapse and aggregate into bigger globules in water. This leads to many applications for instance smart switches or controlled drug release. The undergraduate student will be involved in investigations of the phase behavior using micro-spectroscopy and optical imaging. The project has a global perspective as we are collaborating with scientists at the Technical University Munich Germany that has already lead to joint publications (ACS Macro Lett. 6,180−1185(2017); includes UCF undergraduate student)

Project Dates

Start Date: 1/8/2024 - End Date: 4/28/2024

Students Needed

Type of Project


Student Responsibilities

Participate in experiments on smart polymers employing micro-spectroscopy Analyze data and prepare graphs using current software Keep lab book Attend weekly meetings

Time Commitment

10 hours per week hour(s)

Student Requirements

some intro physics courses

Interested in Working With the Following Programs

For EXCEL URE Students Only

Additional Notes

EXCEL program

Position Overview

  • Date Posted: 09-28-2018
  • Location:
    • Orlando (Main Campus)
  • Paid: Yes