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Dr. Ortiz's doctoral research focused on the synthesis, characterization, physics, and mechanics of a new class of novel liquid crystalline thermosets and elastomers based on diglycidyl ether of 4,4'-dihydroxy-alpha-methylstilbene. During graduate school, Dr. Ortiz carried out collaborative research each summer at the University of Cambridge, Cavendish (physics) Laboratory in the UK. After graduation, she was granted an NSF-NATO postdoctoral fellowship which she used to carry out research in the Department of Polymer Chemistry, University of Groningen, in the Netherlands, where she worked in the area of single-molecule mechanics.

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