Brooklyn Noble

  • Program Year: 4
  • Academic Institution: University of Utah
  • Field of Study: Nanotribology
  • Academic Advisor: Bart Raeymaekers
  • Practicum(s):
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2016)
  • Degree(s):
    B.S. Mechanical Engineering, The University of Utah, 2014

Summary of Research

Ultrathin liquid polymer films play a critical role in numerous physical phenomena and engineering applications including soil science, lubrication, manufacturing, cosmetics, and food processing, among many others. How a liquid polymer film interacts with and adsorbs onto a surface determines properties such as surface conformation, adherence to a substrate, and how the liquid film will reflow depletion zones, which are often critical to performance. Therefore, understanding the physical mechanisms that govern how a liquid initially adsorbs onto a surface and spreads is crucial to designing systems and devices that rely on micro- or nanoscale mechanisms.

Polymer film behavior can be controlled through modification of surface interactions. However, because surface interactions occur at very small scales over very short time frames, capturing this physical behavior through imaging is challenging. Thus, we use a molecular modeling approach to characterize the physical mechanisms that govern liquid polymer spreading on the nanoscale as a function of environmental and design parameters. This model allows us to: obtain a fundamental understanding of ultrathin polymer liquid film spreading, derive design guidelines for complex nanoscale systems, explain experimentally observed phenomena documented in the literature, and unify many years of liquid polymer spreading research. Thus, this research aims to address the challenges that currently limit the effectiveness of ultrathin liquid polymer films used in a variety of engineering applications and potentially facilitate progress in other research fields such as miniaturization of electronic components and the implementation of previously unattainable technologies such as such as nanoscale-motors, biomedical nanodevices, and surfaces with dynamically tunable wettability.

Publications

Journal publications:

Noble, B.A, Raeymaekers, B. (2019) Polymer spreading on substrates with nanoscale grooves using molecular dynamics. Nanotechnology, 30 (9), 095701.

Noble, B.A, Mate, C.M., Raeymaekers, B. (2017) Spreading kinetics of ultrathin liquid films using molecular dynamics. Langmuir, 33 (14), 3476-3483.

Noble, B.A., Ovcharenko, A., & Raeymaekers, B. (2016) Terraced spreading of nanometer-thin lubricant using molecular dynamics. Polymer, 84, 286-292.

Noble, B.A., Ovcharenko, A., & Raeymaekers, B. (2014) Quantifying lubricant droplet spreading on a flat disk using molecular dynamics. Applied Physics Letters, 105, 151601.

Noble, B.A, Choe, D.-O., & Jevremovic, T. (2012) Experimental and MCNP5 based evaluation of neutron and gamma flux in the irradiation ports of the University of Utah research reactor, Nuclear Technology & Radiation Protection, 27, 222-228.

Conference presentations:

Noble, B.A. Spreading of ultrathin polymer films on nanotextured substrates using molecular dynamics, Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship Program Review, San Francisco, CA. 20 June 2018

Noble, B.A. Spreading of ultrathin polymer films on nanotextured substrates using molecular dynamics, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN. 24 May 2018

Noble, B.A., Haxhimali, T., Rudd, R.E., & Whitley, H.D. Shear viscosity of asymmetric strongly coupled dense plasmas, Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship Program Review, Santa Fe, NM. 22 June 2017

Noble, B.A. Spreading kinetics of ultrathin polymer-based lubricant films using molecular dynamics, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. 25 May 2017

Noble, B.A., Haxhimali, T., Rudd, R.E., & Whitley, H.D. Shear viscosity of asymmetric strongly coupled dense plasmas, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Student Poster Symposium, Livermore, CA. 4 Aug 2016

Noble, B.A. Terraced spreading of nanometer-thin lubricant using molecular dynamics, Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship Program Review, Las Vegas, NV. 28 June 2016

Noble, B.A. Terraced spreading of nanometer-thin lubricant using molecular dynamics, Tribology Frontiers Conference, Denver, CO. 26 Oct 2015

Noble, B.A. Quantifying lubricant droplet spreading on a flat disk using molecular dynamics, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX. 18 May 2015

Noble, B.A. Simulating lubricant mobility in the head/disk interface with molecular dynamics, Western Digital Technologies Inc., San Jose, CA. 24 June 2014

Noble, B.A. Using molecular dynamics to quantify lubricant transfer, University of Utah Undergraduate Research Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT. 1 April 2014

Noble, B.A. Cadmium ratio in UUTR thermal irradiator: MCNP5 modeling and comparison with experimental measurement, American Nuclear Society Student Conference, Las Vegas, NV. 13 April 2012

Awards

Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship, 2015

National Science Foundation Fellowship (award not accepted), 2015

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (award not accepted), 2015

ASME Tribology Division Travel Scholarship, 2015

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) recipient, 2014

Undergraduate Research Scholar Designation, 2014

Graduate Cum Laude, University of Utah, 2014

Nuclear Energy University Programs Scholarship, 2013-2014

Nuclear Energy University Programs Scholarship, 2012-2013

IM Flash Technologies Scholarship, 2012-2013

University of Utah Dean's List, 2011-2014

Honors at Entrance Scholarship, 2011-2014

Merrill Engineering Scholarship, 2011-2012

Williams Companies Inc. Endowed Scholarship in the College of Engineering, 2011-2012

Weber State University High Honor Award, 2011

Weber State University Presidential Scholarship, 2009-2011