Prof. Zhijiang (Justin) Ye
Prof. Zhijiang (Justin) Ye
Miami University, USA
Title: Self-healing behavior of dynamic crosslinked polymers
Dynamically crosslinked polymers and their composites have tremendous potential in the development of the next round of advanced materials for aerospace hardware and sensing applications. These materials contain dynamic or exchangeable crosslinkers of two main types: non-covalently bound crosslinkers, and dynamic covalently bound crosslinkers. These two categories provide significantly different self-healing behaviors. Here, we use a combined computational and experimental approach to study the self-healing behavior and mechanical stability of various crosslinked polymer systems. Atomistic and coarse-grained models are used to study their mechanical response and to understand the mechanism with which both non-covalent and dynamic covalent linkages respond to different types of external stimuli. The results of the simulations are then compared and validated against experimental measurements. Furthermore, we use the computational models to investigate the design of dual dynamic crosslinkers where one linkage exchanges rapidly and provides autonomic dynamic character, while the other is a stimulus responsive dynamic covalent linkage that provides stability with dynamic exchange on-demand.
Dr. Ye is received his PhD degree in mechanical engineering from University of California, Merced in 2016. He has more than twenty peer-reviewed journal articles (in Phys. Rev. Lett., Phys. Rev. B, ACS Nano, Langmuir, etc), two journal front covers, and many conference papers. Dr. Ye received number of awards and grants from many organizations and funding agencies, including National Science Foundation, Ohio Board of Education, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, etc.. Dr. Ye's research focuses on applying atomistic simulations, experiments and theoretical analysis to understand the fundamental mechanisms underlying interfacial phenomena, with particular emphasis on nanotribology, nanomechanics and advanced polymer materials. Fundamentally, Dr. Ye and his research group aim at complementing existing physical principles as well as unraveling unknown mechanisms, and ultimately establishing a theoretical framework available to the community.