Nathan W Volchko
Crystallization of polymers has long been studied from an Edisonian approach without a complete understanding of some of the fundamental processes occurring. Many polymers begin crystallizing by forming small crystalline nuclei at interfaces with other foreign materials in a process called heterogeneous nucleation. We are characterizing this process with experiments and molecular dynamic simulations in order to improve our understanding and predict the nucleating efficiency of new materials.
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Nathan is from Akron, Ohio. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in chemical engineering from Ohio State University in 2015. He continued studying chemical engineering at MIT, attending Practice School in the fall of 2016 and receiving a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering Practice in 2017. He has since been researching nucleation in the Rutledge group, working towards a PhD.