Rodney D Priestley

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We analyzed the glassy-state structural relaxation of polymers near surfaces and interfaces by monitoring fluorescence in multilayer films. Relative to that of bulk, the rate of structural relaxation of poly(methyl methacrylate) is reduced by a factor of 2 at a free surface and by a factor of 15 at a silica substrate interface; the latter exhibits a nearly(More)
The blood brain barrier (BBB) is a major obstacle to drug delivery for diseases of the central nervous system (CNS). This brief review highlights the current invasive and non-invasive technologies available to address this problem. In particular, nanomedicine has shown much promise as a non-invasive strategy due to its drug loading capabilities, ease of(More)
Owing to the improvement of properties including conductivity, toughness and permeability, polymer nanocomposites are slated for applications ranging from membranes to fuel cells. The enhancement of polymer properties by the addition of inorganic nanoparticles is a complex function of interfacial interactions, interfacial area and the distribution of(More)
Owing to the kinetic nature of the glass transition, the ability to significantly alter the properties of amorphous solids by the typical routes to the vitreous state is restricted. For instance, an order of magnitude change in the cooling rate merely modifies the value of the glass transition temperature (T(g)) by a few degrees. Here we show that(More)
The ability to create aqueous suspended stable nanoparticles of the hydrophobic homopolymer poly(ϵ-caprolactone) end-functionalized with coumarin moieties (CPCL) is demonstrated. Nanoparticles of CPCL are prepared in a continuous manner using nanoprecipitation. The resulting nanoparticles are spherical in morphology, about 40 nm in diameter, and possess a(More)
A facile one-step Stöber route to synthesize high-quality core-shell-shell templates is reported for the fabrication of Au@carbon yolk-shell nanostructures. The converted Au@carbon yolk-shell nanostructures exhibited high catalytic performance as illustrated by the reduction reaction of o-nitrophenol.
The glass transition temperature and relaxation dynamics of the segmental motions of thin films of polystyrene labeled with a dye, 4-[N-ethyl-N-(hydroxyethyl)]amino-4-nitroazobenzene (Disperse Red 1, DR1) are investigated using dielectric measurements. The dielectric relaxation strength of the DR1-labeled polystyrene is approximately 65 times larger than(More)
We report the effect of isochoric confinement on the dynamic fragility of a polymeric glass-former, that is, polystyrene (PS). Utilizing silica-capped PS nanospheres as a model system, the fictive temperature (Tf) and the isochoric heat capacity (Cv) are measured as a function of diameter via differential scanning calorimetry. By examining Tf as a function(More)