Solvent and plasticizer diffusion through cellulose acetate matrices: (theory and simulations)

Two years post-doctoral position starting any time in 2017

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We have developed recently a model for describing the dynamics of polymer-solvents systems close to and below the glass transition [1]. This model allows to describe how solvent diffusion is coupled to the dynamical state of the polymer matrix, and how it changes it, either when the solvent volume fraction increases (in that case the dynamics of the polymer matrix accelerates) or when the solvent volume fraction decreases (in that case, the matrix may become glassy and its dynamics slows down, aging). This is a coarse-grained model which allows to reach long time scales (up to 106s or more) and macroscopic length scales (up to 1 mm). The aim of this project is to study in detail the dynamics of plasticizer exudation from cellulose acetate films, in close connection with experimental results. Since most experimental situations involve not one but several solvents/plasticizers, with different affinities and plasticizing powers, the aim is first to extend the current model to the case of three component systems, and the study the coupling between different solvent/plasticizers evaporation kinetics and possible ensuing phase separation.
[1] E.M. Masnada, G. Julien, D.R. Long, DR, "Miscibility Maps for Polymer Blends: Effects of Temperature, Pressure, and Molecular Weight", J. Polym. Sci. Part B Polym. Phys. Ed, 52, 419-443 (2014); PhD thesis, Grégoire Julien, Lyon (2014)

The applicant should have a PhD in polymer physics or soft condensed matter physics, preferentially as a theorist.

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