Structure and structural modification of polymer systems, in particular systems that are under the influence of severe environmental conditions are being studied by Dr. Fornes. Polymeric materials of interest include polymer coatings, cross-linked epoxies, linear polymers, polymer blends, polymers formed from anisotropic solutions and fibrous composites. Experimental investigations include the use of wide-angle and small-angle X-ray diffraction, NMR, ESR, Differential Scanning Calorimetry, XPS, and optical and electron microscopy techniques.
Areas of Interest
"Mismatching Cross Polarization in the Rotating Frame,"
J. Magnetic Resonance
Shanmin Zhang, E.O. Stejskal, R.E. Fornes and X. Wu.
(1993). p. 177-179.
"Investigation of the Formation of Physical Damage on Automotive Finishes Due to Acidic Reagent Exposure,"
J. Appl. Polym. Sci.
D.F. White, R.E. Fornes, R.D. Gilbert and J.A. Speer.
(1993). p. 541-549.
"Effects of Acid Deposition on Paint: A Chamber Study,"
J. Coatings Technology
J.W. Spence, T.J. Lemmons, Y. Hou, R.J. Schadt, R.E. Fornes and R.D. Gilbert.
(1993). p. 47-55.