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Positions:
Reader, Deprtment of Materials Engineering,
Monash University, Clayton, Victoria,
Australia  

Telephone: 
03 9905 4936

Fax: 
03 9905 4940
International: 
+61 3 9905 4940

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Email
george.simon@eng.monash.edu.au

Website
http://www.monash.edu.au/
acstaff/homepage/gps/htm

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Dr.George P. Simon
Department of Materials Engineering
Monash University
Clayton, Victoria
Australia 3800

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Education
BSc Chemistry, Adelaide 1981
BSc(Hons) Chemistry/Materials Eng. Adelaide 1982
PhD Chemistry/Materials Eng., Adelaide 1987
Dip. Met. Bureau of Meterology/Melbourne
/Monash 1987

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Research Interests

Liquid Crystalline Polymers. 
The properties of main chain and side chain 
liquid crystalline polymers are being investigated 
by a range of techniques such as dielectric 
relaxation and rheology. Areas of application 
involve opto-electronics (non-linear optics) and 
as high value engineering plastics for processing 
and blending.

Polymer Blends. 
Properties of polymer blends and their 
interfaces are being studied in a number 
of ways such as with regard to their dielectric 
mobility and free volume properties. Blends 
include those of plastics, blends with liquid 
crystalline polymers and with ceramics, 
often for biomedical applications.

Polymer Ceramic Nanocomposites. 
New materials which involve blends or 
mixtures of nano-sized ceramic units with 
plastics are being investigated. This is 
either via the sol-gel method or by intercalation 
of single polymer molecules between mica-like 
clay layers. These are useful in medical 
applications, in gas separation membranes 
and are being used to toughen thermosets.

Thermosets and Their Toughening. 
Research is continuing into cure monitoring 
(such as by infrared and dielectric relaxation) 
of crosslinked polymers. They are being 
toughened by addition of thermoplastic 
phases and core-shell particles - 
for ultimate use as aerospace materials.

Dendritic Materials
Both dendrimers and hyperbranched 
materials are being investigated in terms 
of their homopolymer structure-property 
relationships and in combination with other 
thermoplastic and thermoset materials as 
processing aids and toughening agents.

Relationships Between Polymer Mobility, 
Free Volume and Mechanical Properties.
 
The interrelationships between these 
properties in a wide range of homopolymers, 
copolymers, blends and naturally-occurring 
polymers such as paper are being investigated. 
Characterisation includes dielectric and 
mechanical relaxation, thermally stimulated 
currents and positron annihilation lifetime 
spectroscopy (free volume determination).

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Selected Publications

 Polymer Alloys and Blends, Eds. G.O. Shonaike 
and G.P. Simon, 
Marcel Dekker, New York, 1999, 
ISBN 0-8247-1980-8

Polymer Characterisation Techniques 
and their Application to Blends, 
Ed. G.P. Simon, 
American Chemical Society, Washington 
(1999/2000)

T.T. Hsieh, C. Tiu and G.P.Simon, 
S.R.Andrews and G.Williams, Kuo-Huang 
Hsieh and Chao-Hsun Chen 
"Blends of Liquid Crystalline Poloymers with 
other Liquid Crystalline Polymers", 
in Polymer Alloys and Blends, 
Eds. G.O. Shonaike and G.P. Simon, 
Marcel Dekker, New York, 1999, 
Ch. 12, pp 331- 363, 
ISBN 0-8247-1980-8

G. M. Day,1 H. J. Kim, W. R. Jackson 
and G. P. Simon, 
"Synthesis and Characterization of Novel 
Chiral Liquid Crystalline Polysiloxanes", 
Acta Polimerica, 50(2-3), 96 104 (1999)

G. P. Simon, C. L. Beatty, S. R. Andrews, 
S. Shinton, and G.Williams,
"Dielectric Relaxation Spectroscopy of a 
styrene/n-butyl methacrylate Copolymer Series", 
Polymer, 39(24), 5929 5937 (1998)

J.A. Brogan, C.C. Berndt, G.P. Simon and D. Hewitt, 
"Physical and Relaxation Properties of 
Flame-Sprayed Ethylene-Methacrylic Acid 
Copolymers", 
Polym. Eng. and Sci., 38(11), 1873-1881 (1998).

G. P. Simon, M. Safari Ardi, A.A. Goodwin, 
M. D. Zipper S.R. Andrews, S. Shinton, 
G. Williams, and M. Galop, 
"Molecular Mobility of Substituted poly (p-phenylenes)
 Characterised by a Range of Polymer Relaxation Techniques", 
J. Polym. Sci, Pt. B., Polym. Phys., 36(9), 1465 - 1481 (1998)

G.P. Simon, 
"The Use of Positron Annihillation Lifetime 
Spectroscopy in Probing Free Volume of 
Multicomponent Polymeric Systems", 
Trends in Polymer Science, 5(12), 394 400 (1997)

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