How Polymeric Materials Protect Our Armed Forces

How do chemists keep airmen and soldiers out of the "Danger Zone?" The U.S. Military depends on state-of-the-art materials chemistry to create protective equipment and weaponized vehicles that leverage strong polymers and polymer composites to protect our service men and women.

Join Joseph L. Lenhart Chief of the Polymers Branch at the DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory, and Senior Research Chemist and Davide Simone of the Force Research Laboratory to discover the polymer science behind our nation's defense as they highlight some of the field’s most difficult challenges and opportunities, including how students and polymer chemists like you can get involved in this exciting field of research.

This ACS Webinar is moderated by Research Chemist Peter Zarras of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division and co-produced with the ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry.

What You Will Learn

  • How polymers are used in Army protection and weapon systems
  • The challenges of meeting Army operational requirements
  • Opportunities for new materials via polymer processing
  • What are the polymer matrix composites areas of interest
  • Profiling some examples of areas of interest with multifunctional monomers and polymers
  • Internship and STEM opportunities for K to post-doc level students

Co-Producer

Meet the Experts  

Joseph L. Lenhart
Chief, Polymers Branch, Weapons and Materials Research Directorate,
DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory

Davide Simone
Senior Research Chemist,
Air Force Research Laboratory

Peter Zarras
Research Chemist, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division

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