Bailey Risteen, one of RBI’s Paper Science Engineering students, was invited to present her abstract during the recent Materials Research Society (MRS) fall meeting in Boston.
Founded in 1973, MRS consists of more than 16,000 members from the United States—as well as nearly 80 other countries and emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to materials research, encouraging communication and technical information exchange across various fields of science.
Risteen was one of three students from the Reichmanis Research Group, headed by Brook Byers Professor Elsa Reichmanis, ChBE, presenting posters during the conference.
Her abstract, entitled “Renewable Biomaterials to Encapsulate and Align Synthetic Semiconducting Polymers,” focuses on the challenges in the delivery of semiconducting polymers to the paper substrate when producing flexible electronics. Risteen said she chose to conduct research in the area of organic electronics because she was intrigued by the open-ended challenge of bringing the desirable properties of polymers to conventional silicon-based devices.
“The field requires a certain level of ingenuity to beat out current technology and think of new applications. It is also highly interdisciplinary and involves principles of mass and charge transport, polymer physics, thermodynamics, and organic chemistry, all of which I have taken as part of my Chemical Engineering undergraduate and graduate curriculum,” she said.
“Flexible electronics in particular interested me because they can be used as control and monitoring tools in a variety of crucial industries such as health care, environmental quality, national security, and systems integrity.”
Risteen said during her time as a graduate student she hopes to engineer an improved processing method for polymer-based electronic devices in order to advance technology for these societally beneficial applications.
Read Risteen’s complete abstract here.