Robert A. Shanks

School of Science, RMIT University, Australia 0000-0003-3790-5148

Robert A. Shanks received his D.App.S. degree in 2003, a Ph.D. degree in 1972, and a M.S. degree in 1969. He is Emeritus Professor specializing in polymer science, School of Science, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. 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, and polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes), liquid crystalline polymers, and transition and relaxation measurement and modeling.

Biography Updated on 22 June 2016

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