August 24, 2012
For the past six months, Laure Edoli, a plastics and composites material science student from ITEC-Lyon, France, has been studying at Shawnee State University.
PolymerOhio, an Ohio Edison Technology Center that focuses on enhancing Ohio's polymer industry's global competitiveness and growth, and SSU's Center for International Programs and Activities (CIPA) facilitated bringing her here as a Polymer Research Scholar.
Edoli applied her background in polymer chemistry, rheology and composite materials to study and work with the university's Plastics Engineering Technology faculty and students on the rheological study of polylactic acid and carbon nanotube (CNT) composites.
She conducted her research in SSU's Plastics Engineering Technology Materials Laboratory. Under the guidance of Plastics Engineering Professor Larry "Skip" Miller, Ph.D., with Dean Marinchek, plastics engineering student, assisting, Edoli conducted experiments using the Haake Mars III advanced rheometer system.
Edoli's research resulted in material properties data that can be used to develop manufacturing processes for polylactic acid and for polymers that incorporate carbon nanotubes. Carbon nanotubes are materials for applications in athletic equipment and automotive parts because of their greater mechanical strength with less weight than conventional materials.
SSU's Department of Engineering Technologies plans to present the results of Edoli's research at the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) ANTEC 2013 Conference in April 2013.