Polymer Nanostructures Lab
Director: Evangelos Manias
Materials Science & Eng dept.
325-D Steidle Bldg.
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802

Vikram K. Kuppa, Ph.D. 2003
Ph.D. (1999-2003, defended: October 9, 2003)
Poly(ethylene oxide)/Layered-Inorganic Nanocomposites:
A Molecular Modeling Perspective
(Ph.D. thesis)
Current Coordinates
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
601J Engineering Research Center
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221

Publications from Kuppa's research in our group:

  1. V. Kuppa, E. Manias
    Effect of Cation Exchange Capacity on the Structure and Dynamics of
    Poly(ethylene oxide) in Li+ Montmorillonite Nanocomposites

    J. Polym. Sci. B: Polym. Phys. 43, 3460-3477 (2005)

  2. Simulation insights on the structure of
    nanoscopically confined poly(ethylene oxide)

    V. Kuppa, S. Menakanit, R. Krishnamoorti, and E. Manias
    J. Polym. Sci. B: Polym. Phys. 41, 3285-3298 (2003)
    (Special issue on "polymer/inorganic nanocomposites").
    Polymer Physics Prize

    APS National Meeting Baltimore MD

  3. V. Kuppa, T.M.D. Foley, and E. Manias
    Segmental dynamics of polymers in nanoscopic confinements,
    as probed by simulations of polymer/layered-silicate nanocomposites

    Europ. Phys. J. E 12, 159-165 (2003)
    (topical issue on "dynamics in confinements").

  4. V. Kuppa, and E. Manias
    Dynamics of PEO in nanoscale confinements: A computer simulations perspective
    J. Chem. Phys. 118, 3421-3429 (2003).

  5. V. Kuppa, E. Manias
    Computer Simulation of PEO/Layered-Silicate Nanocomposites:
    2.Lithium Dynamics in PEO/Li+ Montmorillonite Intercalates

    Chemistry of Materials 14, 2171-2175 (2002).
    (Force filed parameters and supporting information: from ACS, local file)

  6. E. Manias, V. Kuppa
    Computer simulations of intercalated PS:
    The origins of fast segmental dynamics in 2nm-thin confined polymer films

    Eur. Phys. J. E 8, 193-199 (2002) (invited article, special issuei).

  7. E. Manias, V. Kuppa, D.B. Zax, D-K. Yang,
    Dynamics of nanoscopically confined Polystyrene
    Colloids and Surfaces A, 187-188, 509-521 (2001)

    E. Manias, V. Kuppa
    Molecular Simulations of ultra-confined polymers:
    Polystyrene intercalated in layered silicates

    ACS Sympos. Ser. 804, 193-207 (2001)
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  9. Conference Proceedings:

  10. V. Kuppa, E. Manias
    Local Dynamics of Polymers in 1 and 2nm Slit-Pores
    MRS Symp. Proc., 790, P9.9 (2003)

  11. E. Manias, J.Y. Huh, Z-M. Wang, L. Wu, V. Kuppa
    Multifunctional Polymer/Inorganic Nanocomposites
    5th ICIM, Smart Systems and Nanotechnology (2003)

  12. V. Kuppa, E. Manias
    Local Dynamics of Poly(ethylene oxide) Confined in 1nm Slits
    MRS Symp. Proc., vol.738, pg.G7-34 (2002)
  13. V. Kuppa, E. Manias
    Computer Simulation of Li/Poly(ethylene-oxide) in Nanometer Confinements
    Polymeric Materials: Science & Engineering, 85, 556 (2001)