Scientific exploration in the Bochinski Lab

Broadly speaking, our research utilizes understanding light-matter interactions for both applied and fundamental scientific studies. The work is highly interdisciplinary, often spanning topics traditionally encountered in the fields of atomic, molecular, and optical physics, condensed matter physics, polymer physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, and surface science. One common theme which unifies the seemingly diverse projects is employing optical techniques to understand and control processes on length scales both above and below the wavelength of light -- hence, our work has often been described as explorations in nanoscale physics.

Latest Results: Edge Electrospinning

  • N. M. Thoppey, R. E. Gorga, L. I. Clarke, and J. R. Bochinski,
    "Control of the electric field - polymer solution interaction by utilizing ultra-conductive fluids,"
    Polymer 55, 6390 (2014).
    (journal) [paper]
    [DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2014.10.007].

  • Q.-Q. Wang, C. K. Curtis, N. M. Thoppey, J. R. Bochinski, R. E. Gorga, and L. I. Clarke,
    "Unconfined, melt edge electrospinning from multiple, spontaneous, self-organized polymer jets,"
    Materials Research Express 1, 045304 (2014).
    (journal) [paper]
    [DOI: 10.1088/2053-1591/1/4/045304].

  • Latest Results: Photothermal heating

  • G. Firestone, J. R. Bochinski, J. S. Meth, and L. I. Clarke, "Facile Measurement of Surface Heat Loss from Polymer Thin Films via Fluorescence Thermometry," Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Physics (in press), (2017). (journal) [DOI: 10.1002/polb.24571]

  • S. Maity, Wei-Chen Wu, J. B. Tracy, L. I. Clarke, and J. R. Bochinski, "Nanoscale Steady-state Temperature Gradients within Polymer Nanocomposites Undergoing Continuous-Wave Photothermal Heating from Gold Nanorods," Nanoscale 9, 11605 (2017). (journal)
    [DOI: 10.1039/C7NR04613H]

  • Ju Dong, G. Firestone, J. R. Bochinski, L. I. Clarke, and R. E. Gorga,
    "In-situ curing of liquid epoxy via gold-nanoparticle mediated photothermal heating,"
    Nanotechnology 28, 065601 (2017).
    (journal) [paper]
    [DOI: 10.1088/1361-6528/aa521b]

  • V. Viswanath, S. Maity, J. R. Bochinski, L. I. Clarke, and R. E. Gorga,
    "Enhanced crystallinity of polymer nanofibers without loss of nanofibrous morphology via heterogeneous photothermal annealing,"
    Macromolecules 49, 9484 (2016).
    (journal) [paper]
    [DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.6b01655]

  • S. Maity, Wei-Chen Wu, C. Xu, J. B. Tracy, K. Gundogdu, J. R. Bochinski, and L. I. Clarke,
    "Spatial Temperature Mapping within Polymer Nanocomposites Undergoing Ultrafast Photothermal Heating via Gold Nanorods,"
    Nanoscale 6, 15236 (2014).
    (journal) [paper]
    [DOI: 10.1039/C4NR05179C]

  • shape memory paper toc

  • D. B. Abbott, S. Maity, M. T. Burkey, R. E. Gorga, J. R. Bochinski, and L. I. Clarke,
    "Blending with Non-Responsive Polymers to Incorporate Nanoparticles into Shape Memory Materials and Enable Photothermal Heating: The Effects of Heterogeneous Temperature Distribution,"
    Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 215, 2345 (2014).
    (journal) [paper]
    [DOI: 10.1002/macp.201400386]

  • updated on 12/28/17

    Dr. Bochinski is a research assistant professor in the Department of Physics at NC State University.