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by Charles YC Lee, PhD
Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, VA
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) is a funding agency that manages and supports basic research in areas of interests to the US Air Force. Its research portfolios cover many disciplines and research interest areas. The research goal of the portfolio in Organic Materials Chemistry is to gain a better understanding of the influence of chemical structures and processing conditions on the properties and behaviors of polymeric and organic materials. This understanding will lead to development of advanced organic and polymeric materials for Air Force applications. This program's approach is to study the chemistry and physics of these materials through synthesis, processing, characterization and establishing the structure properties relationship of these materials. This area addresses both functional properties and properties pertinent to structural applications. Of particular interests are properties that are not normally associated with organic materials but because of the unique processing and other secondary properties will create new opportunities for Air Force applications. These goals will be illustrated through highlights of recent material advances. Examples will be given on how these advances enable wide ranging demonstration of applications from dynamic 3D hologram display to efficient oil/water separation of an emulsion mixture simply through gravity.
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