Innovation Science and Technology Building, 4700 Research Way, Room 2013, Lakeland, FL 33805-8531
Ph.D. in Polymer Science, University of Southern Mississippi, 1990
B.S.E. in Polymer Science, Case Western Reserve University, 1986
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Dr. Christopher S. Coughlin is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Florida Polytechnic University. He has held a variety of positions in both government and private industry prior to coming to Florida Poly including basic materials research, pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, and consumer product development.
His most recent research efforts have been in applications of polymer-based materials for naval aircraft, especially structural composites, transparencies, and radomes including self-healing ionomers, the electrospinning of organic/inorganic composites, and the development of conductive nanowire networks for use in optical transparencies. He has also supported a variety of aircraft acquisition programs including the analysis of polymer-based composite materials for aircraft applications with respect to cure conditions, mechanical property development, and environmental suitability.
- Polymer science
- Polymer matrix composites
- Material qualification for aerospace applications
- Characterization of polymers
- Thermal analysis
Awards and Honors
- 2014: Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award
- “A Sensor for Visibility Determination under Fog Conditions,” Christina Drake, Harish Chintakunta, Christopher Coughlin, Ezequiel Garcia, Scott Hoos, Kristyn Ardrey, Paul Luckey, and Aubury Erickson, 31st Florida Conference on Recent Advances in Robotics May 10-11, 2018
- “Method For Fabrication Of A Polymeric, Conductive Optical Transparency,” C. S. Coughlin, and R. J. Meilunas, US 7,618,580 (2009).
- “The Origins of Electromechanical Response in Polyurethane Elastomers,” H. Wang, Q. M. Zhang, L.E. Cross, R. Ting, C. Coughlin, and K. Rittenmeyer, in “ISAF ’94, Proc. IEEE Int. Symp. Appl. Ferroelectr., 9th,” R. K. Pandey, M. Liu, and A. Safari, ed., Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, New York, 182, (1994).
- “Influence of Cure Systems on Dielectric and Viscoelastic Relaxations in Lightly Crosslinked Chlorobutyl Rubber,” R. N. Capps, C. S. Coughlin, and L. L. Beumel, in “Synthesis, Characterization, and Theory of Polymeric Networks and Gels,” S. M. Aharoni, ed., Plenum Press: New York, 269-282, (1992).
- “Electrical Relaxation in Poly(propylene oxide) with and without Alkali Metal Salts,” J. J. Fontanella, J. J. Wilson, M. K. Smith, C. S. Coughlin, P. Mazaud, S. G. Greenbaum, and R. L. Siddon, Solid State Ionics, 50, 259, (1992).
- “Application of the Bendler-Shlesinger Generalization of the Vogel Equation to Ion-Conducting Polymers,” J. J. Fontanella, M. C. Wintersgill, C. S. Coughlin, P. Mazaud, and S. G. Greenbaum, Journal of Polymer Science: Part B: Polymer Physics, 29, 747 (1991).
- “Complex Impedance and Multifrequency 23Na NMR Study of Poly(propylene oxide) Complexed with NaB(C6H5)4,” Y. S. Pak, K. J. Adamic, S. G. Greenbaum, M. C. Wintersgill, J. J. Fontanella, and C. S. Coughlin, Solid State Ionics, 45, 277, (1991).
- “A General Free Volume Based Theory for the Diffusion of Large Molecules in Amorphous Polymers Above Tg: V. Application to Di-Alkyladipate Plasticizers in PVC,” C. S. Coughlin, K. A. Mauritz, and R. F. Storey, Macromolecules, 24, 2113 (1991).
- “A General Free Volume Based Theory for the Diffusion of Large Molecules in Amorphous Polymers Above Tg: IV. Polymer-Penetrant Interactions,” C. S. Coughlin, K. A. Mauritz, and R. F. Storey, Macromolecules, 24, 1526 (1991).
- “A General Free Volume Based Theory for the Diffusion of Large Molecules in Amorphous Polymers Above Tg: III. Theoretical Conformational Analysis of Molecular Shape,” C. S. Coughlin, K. A. Mauritz, and R. F. Storey, Macromolecules, 23, 3187 (1990)
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