Date Thesis Awarded


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Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)




Robert Orwoll

Committee Members

Richard Kiefer

Robert Hinkle

Robert Scholnick


Space radiation continues to be a problem for sustained space travel, harming humans and sensitive machinery. Overcoming this barrier is crucial to NASA’s goals for manned missions to asteroids and Mars. Therefore, more research is needed in order to safely protect our missions. Passive shielding through high performance polymers shows promise in providing lightweight shielding and strength for spacecraft. This thesis focused on the novel synthesis of aromatic, hydrogen rich co-polyimides. It was shown that through thermal co-polymerization, favorable physical and chemical properties increased due to the presence of branching and/or crosslinking chains in the polymer matrix.

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