Maria J. Schroeder  

Chemistry Department
U. S. Naval Academy
572 Holloway Road

Telephone: (410) 293-6620

Fax: (410) 293-2218

Office:  Michelson, room 244

Associate Director of Midshipman Research (ADMR)
Office:  Nimitz, room G018

Research Interests

My research focuses on the characterization and application of elastomers, networks, coatings, and specialized polymeric systems.  In collaboration with the Naval Research Laboratory and US Army, my work involves military applications of polymers as well as fundamental studies of polymer dynamics.  Current projects include designing new polycarbonates for transparent armor applications, testing polymer coatings for blast protection on Humvees, enhancing elastomer performance using bimodal networks, and utilizing polymers to reduce drag on small Navy vessels.  I am also interested in chemical education and laboratory development with a number of research students contributing to this work.

Research Students

MIDN 1/C Philip Solt Investigating the Effects of the Glass Transition Temperature on the Impact Resistance of Styrene- and Vinyl Acetate-based Polymers
Stephen Meidus, '13 Fermentation Analysis in the Student Laboratory
Catherine Reed, '13 Chocolate as a Basis for Teaching Students
Joseph Balent, '12 Investigations of Nanoclay-Polymer Composite Networks for Chemically Resistant Protective Coatings
Jose Herrera, '12 Effects of Plasticizer on Glassy Polymers: Improving the Impact Resistance of Armor Coatings
Stephen Guidry, '11 Composite Armor: Multi-layered Polymer Protection
Christopher Infante, '11 Investigations of Nanoclay-Polymer Composite Coatings for Chemical Transport Armor
Scotlin Bowden, '10 Polymer Coatings for Armor Protection: Effects of the Glass Transition Temperature on Impact Resistance
Catherine Cole, '10 The Effects of Architecture of Polydimethylsiloxane Networks on Impact Resistance
Andrew Knudson, '09 Optimization of Polymer Coatings for Enhanced Armor Protection

Craig Tieman, ’07

Investigations of Polymer Coatings for Armor Protection

Tony Ferro, ‘05

Development of an Atomic Absorption Experiment for Use in the Integrated Laboratory Curriculum

Audrey Peterman, ‘05

Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy – An Interactive Approach to Learning

Brian Cummings, ‘04

Detection of TNT in Soil Samples Using Fluorescence Immunoassay Techniques

Elizabeth Yatko, ‘04

Synthesis and Characterization of a New Composite Material for Application in the Repair of Radford Terrace

Thermal Studies of SeaNine-211: A Potential Antifouling Agent for Naval Applications

Colin Browning, ‘03

Polydimethylsiloxane:  A Versatile Polymer for Teaching in the Laboratory

Crosslinking in the Presence of Solvent: Mechanical Effects on End-linked Polydimethylsiloxane and Copolymer Networks
Characterization of New High-Performance Polycarbonates for Transparent Armor Applications

Kelly Gray, ‘02

Synthesis and Characterization of Polydimethylsiloxane Networks

Jeremy Moore, ‘00

Permeation Through Artificial Skin

Luann Lam, ‘00

Permeation of Organic Solvents Through Natural and Synthetic Rubber Films

Jackie McDowell, ‘99

Development of Plebe Chemistry Curriculum: Laboratory Experiments and Demonstrations

Susan Smith, ‘99

Development of Plebe Chemistry Curriculum: Laboratory Experiments and Demonstrations

Brett Sterneckert, ‘99

Permeation of Organic Solvents Through Natural and Synthetic Rubber Films

Bradley Knope, ‘97

Polymer Characterization using Gel Permeation Chromatography

Particle Diffusion through Latex Membranes

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