[PAST EVENT] John-Andrew Samuel Hocker, Applied Science - Ph.D. Dissertation Defense

July 6, 2016
10am - 12pm
Tucker Hall, 127A
350 James Blair Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Abstract: Macroscopic properties of polymers, and in general all types of materials, are innately related to their molecular structure and intermolecular properties. This dissertation offers insight into how the molecular structure, chain properties, and inter-molecular chain interactions within PA11 can be used to explain and predict improved macro level performance properties; and how the addition of graphene oxide nanosheets enhances the performance properties of PA11 and polyimide(ODA-BTDA) through those same intermolecular interactions.

Bio: John-Andrew Samuel Hocker was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma. After graduating from Riverheads High School and Shenandoah Valley Regional Governor?s School, he entered William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA in 2004. Mr. Hocker received his degree of Bachelor of Science from William & Mary May 2010. In May 2011, Mr. Hocker enrolled in William & Mary?s department of Chemistry graduate program and received his Master of Science of Chemistry in May 2012. Also in May 2012, Mr. Hocker enrolled in William & Mary?s Applied Science graduate program. During his enrollment in the Applied Science graduate program, Mr. Hocker was the first author on two published papers, gave two talks and a poster at the 2015 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting and Exhibition, Boston. He contributed to the authorship of 3 funded research proposals. In September 2014, Mr. Hocker became employed as an Intern at the NASA Langley Research center where he has a funded research proposal on boron nitride nanotubes.