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Polymer Plus, LLC - Industrial Development Post Doc in Mulitilayered Polymeric Materials for Filtration

SBIR Award Title

Nanofiber Fabrication via Melt Coextrusion for Fuel Filter Membranes

SBIR Award Abstract

A breakthrough nanofiber processing technique developed at PolymerPlus LLC in Cleveland, Ohio has enabled production toward lower cost, higher performance polymeric nanofiber filters without the need of harmful organic chemical solutions. The technology advances conventional plastic film extrusion technology to create composite nanofibers for fuel or water filtration membranes by utilizing custom design layer multiplying dies that continuously produce square meters of nanofiber bundles in a checkboard-like pattern. A su... more

Research Opportunity

Industrial Development Post Doc in Mulitilayered Polymeric Materials for Filtration
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Address

7700 Hub Parkway
Suite 6
Valley View
OH
44125

Officer

Principal Investigator

Description

A fundamental need for higher performance fuel filters has been mandated through by 2016 in EPA fuel filtration regulations that will require increased fuel/water filtration efficiency and dust retention capacity in a commercial filter products. Current solution, wet-laid and electro-spun, or melt blown fuel filter media processing techniques are limited in the fiber size, material throughput, or material processability, and will require significant technology advancement to meet these new product guidelines.
Stemming from an expanded polymer material catalogue with enhanced control over micro- and nanofiber diameter during processing, the multilayered coextrusion approach to producing non-wovens has already demonstrated a 20X increase in fiber surface area, up to 2X increase in porosity, and increased mechanical toughness as compared to the current commercial fuel filters products. The near-term goal of PolymerPlus is to realize the anticipated improvements in filtration performance in scaled-up full size fuel filter prototype enabled by process technology scale-up by 2017. The multilayered fiber fuel filter prototype will be tested by commercial filtration media manufacturers involved in the development program team.

Research & Development Activities
• Conduct and supervise nanofibers and membrane processing and materials research; analyze data toward project direction goals and milestones; write technical reports and create presentations
• Design, supervise, and interpret separation membrane materials quality control processes and equipment, techniques, and protocols to fabricated polymer film/fibers and membrane materials.
• Work with a team to conduct analysis related to the tolerancing of product fabrication processes and techniques and potential effects on market/business impact

Desired Knowledge

Postdoctoral Scientist Position

Position Summary:
A Research Postdoctoral Scientist directs the day-to-day project activity through interaction with technical personnel while gathering, analyzing and interpreting scientific data. Progress, goals and milestones will be communicated through verbal or written reports and presentations internally and to project sponsors. This role requires proven technical skills as a professional in the field of Polymer Science, Chemical or Materials Engineering or related fields, including consulting, leadership, and collaboration working with a team of professionals. The Postdoctoral Scientist will work closely with Senior Research Scientists and oversee day-to-day activities of laboratory technicians and report directly to the PolymerPlus Project PI.

Postdoctoral Scientist Position Leadership Expectations
• Direct day-to-day research project activities and act as internal resource for technical information pertaining to polymer science, fiber processing, and membrane materials characterization and performance.
• Work with PolymerPlus PI to build collaborative partnerships with potential clients to develop current and future product and service value in the core business areas of PolymerPlus
• Candidate should enjoy working in a small company/entrepreneurial atmosphere

Research & Development
• Conduct and supervise research; analyze data toward project direction goals and milestones; write technical reports and create presentations
• Design, supervise, and interpret quality control equipment, techniques, and protocols to fabricated polymer film/fibers and membrane materials.
• Work with a team to conduct analysis related to the tolerancing of product fabrication processes and techniques and potential effects on market/business impact

Knowledge and Skill Requirements
• Knowledge of polymer film/extrusion processing, research literature, and processes related to polymer filtration properties and/or micro/nanofiber materials.
• Knowledge of polymer analysis techniques including mechanical properties, FTIR, AFM/SEM, DSC, and Optical Spectroscopy, separations
• Strong organizational, multi-tasking, and problem solving skills
• Excellent oral and written communication skills required, including giving presentations to all levels clients
• Self motivated and driven to exceed goals, work effectively with minimal direction or feedback and willingly make decisions independently

Education and Experience Requirements
• Will consider Ph.D. in Polymer Science, Chemical or Materials Engineering or related science field
• Experience in polymer film processing, polymer physics, membrane characterization, or structure property relationships preferred

Work Environment
This position is based in our PolymerPlus processing & analytical facility located in the Valley View, OH.

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