Robert A Shanks
Robert A Shanks received his M.S. degree in 1969 and his Ph.D. degree in 1972. He is a Professor of polymer science at the School of Applied Sciences, RMIT University. The theme of his research is synthesis and modification of nanostructured materials and biopolymers with enhanced physical, chemical, and thermal properties, development of functional nanomaterials, and investigation of processes of controlling the self-assembly of nanostructures, with emphasis on thermochemical and thermophysical properties and advanced thermal analysis techniques with temperature modulation and successive self-annealing. His research topics include biopolymers (poly(lactic acid), poly(hydroxybutyrate)s), natural fiber composites, biomimetics, nanocomposites (including graphene, carbon nanotubes, silica, polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes) liquid crystalline polymers, and transition and relaxation measurement and modeling.
Biography Updated on 24 January 2012