Polymer membranes are popular in separation and fuel cell applications. Moreover, nanoparticle-filled polymer membranes can simultaneously improve properties such as permeability and selectivity. The challenge lies in stabilizing these membranes against phase separation. Recent progress in grafting polymer onto the surface of nanoparticles may mitigate some of these challenges. This project uses statistical mechanics to study the efficacy of grafted nanoparticles as effective membrane materials.
Basic programming ability is needed.