Dr. John Pojman

Dr. John A. Pojman, a native of North Royalton, Ohio, received his B. S. in Chemistry (with a minor in Classics) from Georgetown University in 1984. He earned his doctorate in Chemical Physics in 1988 at the University of Texas at Austin. Pojman then worked for two years at Brandeis University with Irving Epstein. In 1990 he joined the Chemistry & Biochemistry department at The University of Southern Mississippi, where he taught for 18 years. Dr. Pojman joined the Department of Chemistry at Louisiana State University in August 2008, where he is Professor of Macromolecular Science Pojman has co-authored one monograph, An Introduction to Nonlinear Chemical Dynamics, and co-edited three others. He has served twice as a guest editor for the journal Chaos. He has authored 105 peer-reviewed publications and 10 book chapters. Professor Pojman has made 202 presentations and received two patents. Professor Pojman has worked extensively with NASA and flown over 800 parabolas on the KC-135 microgravity research aircraft. He was investigator for a sounding rocket experiment and Principal Investigator for the Miscible Fluids in Microgravity investigation on the International Space Station. He is currently developing an experiment for Blue Origin’s suborbital demonstration flight. Professor Pojman is an expert on nonlinear dynamics in polymer systems and effective interfacial tension between miscible fluids. He is an avid carp fisherman and amateur herpetologist with a special interest in the aquatic salamanders of Louisiana. He also boasts the world largest collection of pocket protectors.

Broadcast 471 (Special Edition)

Dr. John Pojman was the guest for this Space Show program. Dr. Pojman discussed materials and microgravity experiments on the ISS plus the general state of science on the ISS. We also discussed the field of chemistry and its relationship to space. He described "frontal polymerization" which is a reaction that makes plastics or composites propagate as affected by micro gravity. We discussed students and their work in the field, the future of studying chemistry for students and for their role in space development.

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