Josh Bartels

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering / Penn State (2015)

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Bio and Research Interests:

I received my Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Penn State in 2015 under the direction of Ralph Colby and Jim Runt. I am a polymer physicist at heart but I also enjoy dabbling in polymer synthesis and functionalization as well. My doctoral research was on the dielectric response of ion-containing inorganic backbone polymers (polysiloxanes and polyphosphazenes), focusing on the ion motion and polarization of ion-conducting polymers. Dielectric Relaxation Spectroscopy (DRS) is my preferred specialty and remains near and dear to my heart. 

I am currently working as a post-doc at UCSB with Rachel Segalman and Matt Helgeson designing a model polymerized ionic liquid (PIL) system to study and understand the effects of ion solvation and concentration on ionic aggregation. I study PILs through DRS measurements, rheology, X-ray scattering and many more techniques. In my free time I can usually be found in either a coffee shop or a bookstore. I love playing games, drawing, and learning languages.