Polymer fiber spinning

Polymer Fiber Spinning

Piece description from the artist

Polymer Fiber Spinning is a drawing based on concepts from polymer physics and engineering. While the drawing can function as a diagram, artistic aesthetics are also a major consideration. Polymer Fiber Spinning takes some of the rules and elements of scientific diagrams and dives into Art through interesting yet logical departures from those rules. While mindful of aesthetics I've included allusions to phenomena ranging from chain folded polymer crystallization to chain stretching and confinement in the crystalline amorphous interphase to the changes in density and polycrystalline morphology that occur as a fiber is spun at high speed and then drawn. There are also some branched structures included because these topologies are typical of polymers polymerized through reactions that allow backbiting and such. Also – I think it's pretty.

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About Regina Valluzzi

Waltham, MA

Dr. Regina Valluzzi has an extensive scientific background in nanotechnology and biophysics. She has been a scientist in the chemical industry, a green chemistry researcher, a research professor at the engineering school at Tufts, a start-up founder engaged in technology commercialization, and a start-up and commercialization consultant.

Even during periods of intense activity as a scientist, Dr. Valluzzi has always held a strong interest in the visual arts and in visual information. While she majored in Materials Science at MIT, she also obtained a second degree in music and a minor in visual studies. Visual arts have managed to permeate her technical work; during her Ph.D in Polymer Science and Engineering at UMass Amherst, she completed a thesis that required advanced electron microscopy, image analysis, and theoretical data modeling. These experiences provided the visual insight and information that now influences much of her artwork.

Dr. Valluzzi’s work has been included in private collections across the US, UK, Germany, Canada, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Dubai and Malta, and in the corporate collection of "Seyfarth Shaw" Boston law offices around Boston. She has a selection of pieces on loan to the MIT Materials Science and Engineering Department as indoor public art. Her accomplishments include having published thirty articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, having made several scientific patents, having been a subject matter expert for an encyclopedia chapter, and having been invited to speak at science talks across the US, Europe, and Japan.

Her newsletter is a good source of ongoing information: http://eepurl.com/daiLQ

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