Center for Composite Materials - University of Delaware

Affiliated Faculty

Suresh G. Advani 302-831-1674View WebsiteAssociate Director, CCM
George W. Laird Professor
PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Specialties: Polymer and composite processing, transport phenomena in manufacturing processes, non-Newtonian fluid mechanics and rheology, fiber suspensions, flow through porous media, computational fluid mechanics and heat transfer, fuel cells, hydrogen storage, wind energy
Daniel Cha 302-831-2435View WebsiteProfessor, Civil &
Environmental Engineering
PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Specialties: Population dynamics of biological wastewater treatment processes, biotransformation of environmental contaminants in natural and engineered systems.
Thomas P. Beebe 302-831-3051View WebsiteProfessor,
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Surface Analysis Facility
PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Specialties: Structure and properties of biomolecules at interfaces; combining scanning probe microscopy with conventional UHV surface spectroscopies; surface structure and surface reactivity relationships.
Mike Bortner 540-231 4213View WebsiteAssistant Professor,
Chemical Engineering
Virginia Tech
PhD, Virginia Tech, 2003
M.Eng., Virginia Tech, 2002
B.S., Penn State, 1998

Specialty: Polymer nanocomposites; nanostructured materials and surfaces; polymer morphology and structure-property relationships; surface and interface phenomena in polymers
Michael Chajes 302-831-6756View WebsiteProfessor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
PhD, University of California

Specialties: Applications of composite materials in civil engineering structures, use of composites for infrastructure rehabilitation.
Travis Bogetti 302-831-6324Adjunct Professor,
Mechanical Engineering
Research Engineer,
US Army Research Laboratory (ARL)
Ph.D, University of Delaware

Specialties: Composite Modeling, Experimental Mechanics
David L. Burris 302-831-2006View WebsiteAssociate Professor,
Mechanical Engineering
PhD, University of Florida

Specialties: Tribological characterization, environmental testing, probing buried interfaces, multifunctional tribomaterials, modeling
Tsu-Wei Chou 302-831-1550View WebsitePierre S. du Pont
Chair of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
PhD, Stanford University

Specialties: Modeling & characterization of polymer-metal and ceramic-based fiber composites; nanotube-based composites;
micro- and nano-mechanics.
Prasad Dhurjati 302-831-2879View WebsiteChair,
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Mathematical Sciences
PhD, Purdue University

Specialties: Systems biology and bioinformatics, mathematical modeling and computational biology, bioprocess engineering, knowledge-based systems and online process fault diagnosis.
Thomas H Epps, III 302-831-0215 Thomas & Kipp Gutshall Professor
Director, Center for Molecular & Engineering Thermodynamics (CMET)
Joint Professor, Materials Science & Engineering

Post-Doctorate - 2006 NRC Postdoctoral Fellow - NIST
Doctorate - 2004 University of Minnesota
Masters - 1999 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bachelors - 1998 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jeremy M. Firestone 302-831-0228View WebsiteProfessor,
School of Marine Science & Policy
Associate Professor,
Legal Studies
PhD Univ of North Carolina
JD University of Michigan

Specialties: Major research focus is offshore wind power. Firestone analyzes the feasibility, environmental impacts, capacity and public support/opposition related to offshore wind farms.
Eric Furst 302-831-0102View WebsiteChair,
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Director, CMET
PhD, Stanford University

Specialties: Colloid and polymer physics, microrheology, active and non-linear microrheology, controlled delivery of therapeutics, cell biophysics, complex fluid structure and rheology, particulate gels, directed self-assembly.
John W. Gillespie, Jr. 302-831-8702View WebsiteProfessor of:
- Department of Materials Science & Engineering
- Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
- Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D., University of Delaware

Specialties: Composites, processing, mechanics, design, interphase science, adhesion, experimental methods
James L. Glancey 302-831-1179View WebsiteProfessor,
Mechanical Engineering & Bioresources Engineering
PhD, University of California at Davis

Specialties: Research in the department covers a broad range of basic and applied topics in the field of mechanical engineering. Members of the department conduct research in the general areas of controls, fluid mechanics, materials, nonlinear dynamics, and solid mechanics.
Keith Goossen 302-831-0590View WebsiteAssociate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Specialties: Optoelectronics and optical fiber communication; investigations into solid state devices, nanoelectronics, electromagnetics and composite materials.
Bazle Haque 302-831-6805Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
CCM Sr. Scientist
PhD, University of Delaware

Specialties: Penetration Mechanics, Impact Dynamics and Damage Modeling, Dynamic Behavior of Materials, Experimental and Computational Mechanics, Composite Armor Mechanics, Composite Processing and Characterization
Dirk Heider 302-831-8898Associate Professor, Electrical &
Computer Engineering
CCM Assistant Director for Technology
Ph.D., University of Delaware

Specialties: Advanced composites manufacturing including VARTM, automated thermoplastic tape placement, pultrusion and induction-based thermoplastic processing
Zubaer Hossain 302-831-0900View WebsiteAssistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Specialties: Solid Mechanics, Energy, Nanotechnology, Materials Engineering
Scott Jones 302-831-8278View WebsiteChairperson,
B&E Accounting & MIS
B&E Accounting & MIS
PhD, Drexel University

Specialties: Cost Analysis of Advanced Materials & Processing; management control systems, applied statistics.
Victor Kaliakan 302-831-2409View WebsiteProfessor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
PhD, University of California, Davis

Specialties: Computational geomechanics, constitutive modeling of geomaterials and polymers
Michael Keefe 302-831-8009View WebsiteAssociate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Associate Chairman,
Undergraduate Education
PhD, University of Minnesota

Specialties: Modeling of Joints in Fabric Structures; Rapid Tooling and Rapid Prototyping
Willet M. Kempton 302-831-0049View WebsiteDirector, Center for Carbon Free Power Integration, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
Professor School of Marine Science & Policy
Professor, Urban Affairs & Public Policy,
University of Texas at Austin Texas

Specialties: Electric cars, energy, environmental, marine, public policy, V2G technology, wind power
Christopher J. Kloxin 302-831-8670 Joint Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Kristi L. Kiick 302-831-0201View WebsiteDeputy Dean of Engineering
Professor, Materials
Science & Engineering
PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Specialties: investigates the synthesis, characterization, and application of biologically inspired and biologically produced materials
Judy Riffle 540-231-8214View WebsiteProfessor,
Organic Polymer Chemistry
Virginia Tech
B.S. Textiles, Virginia Tech, 1973
Ph.D. Chemistry, Virginia Tech, 1981
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Virginia Tech, 1981-1982

Raul F. Lobo 302-831-1261View WebsiteDirector, Center for Catalytic Science & Technology
Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
PhD, California Institute of Technology

Specialties: Inorganic materials synthesis and characterization, catalysis and kinetics, and adsorption and separations.
Michael E. Mackay 302-831-6194Distinguished Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
PhD, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign 1985
MS, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign 1983
BS, University of Delaware 1979
David Martin 302-831-2062View WebsiteKarl W. and Renate Böer Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Specialties:organic molecular semiconductors, organic conductive polymer films, low impedance biomimetic conductive polymer coatings and bioactive hydrogel coatings for microelectrodes on biomedical devices and biosensors, electrically conductive polymer nanotubes, oriented electrospun nanofibers
Steve McKnight 571-858-3002View WebsiteVice President,
National Capital Region
Virginia Tech
Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Delaware
M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Mark Mirotznik 302-831-4241View WebsiteAssociate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Director, Electromagnetic Materials Laboratory

Specialties: Multifunctional Structural Composites; Functional Multi-material Additive Manufacturing Methods;
Scalable Manufacturing of Multifunctional Composites
Chaoying Ni 302-831-6359View WebsiteAssociate Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Director, W.M Keck Electron Microscope Facility
PhD, University of Delaware

Specialities: Transmission electron microscopy in materials science; in situ electron microscopy and characterization; nanotubes and fibers; composites.
Amod Ogale 864-656-5483View WebsiteDirector,
Center for Advanced Engineering Fibers and Films (CAEFF)
Dow Chemical Professor,
Chemical Engineering,
Clemson University
Ph.D., University of Delaware, 1986

Research Interests:
Polymer Fibers, Films, and Composites
Babatunde Ogunnaike 302-831-4504View WebsiteDean, College of Engineering
William L. Friend Chair of Chemical Engineering
Professor, Center for Systems Biology - DBI
Ph.D University of Wisconsin, Madison

Specialties: Control systems and theory
Robert L. Opila 302-831-3128View WebsiteProfessor, Materials
Science & Engineering
PhD, University of Chicago

Specialties: Research has emphasized interfacial phenomena, including electrical conduction in metallic composites, metal/polymer adhesion, and the source of electron traps at oxide/semiconductor interfaces.
Darrin Pochan 302-831-3569View WebsiteProfessor and Chair, Material Science & Engineering
PhD, University of Massachusetts

Specialties: Investigate vesicle, micelle and hydrogel formation in dilute aqueous systems of block polypeptides
Ajay K. Prasad 302-831-2960View WebsiteEngineering Alumni Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Director, Center for Fuel
Cell Research
PhD, Stanford University

Specialties: Clean energy including fuel cells, Li-ion batteries, wind and ocean current energy, and vehicle-to-grid technology
Dennis Prather 302-831-8170View WebsiteEngineering Alumni Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
PhD, University of Maryland

Specialties: Silicon Photonics; Ultra-wideband Conformal Antennas;Passive Millimeter-wave Imaging; High-Frequency Optical Modulators and RF Photonic Integration
John F. Rabolt 302-831-4476View WebsiteKarl W. and Renate Boer Professor, Materials
Science Engineering
PhD, Southern Illionis University

Specialties: Polymers, electrospinning; organic thin films; IR/Raman spectroscopy; biomolecular materials for tissue engineering
Jennifer Righman-McConnell 302-831-6056View WebsiteAssociate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
PhD Civil Engineering, West Virginia University

Bridge engineering, non-linear behavior and stability of steel structures, aging infrastructure, design for extreme events, computational analysis
R. Valery Roy 302-831-1019 View WebsiteAssociate Professor
Dept. Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. , M.S. , Rice University, '89
Michael Santare 302-831-2246View WebsiteProfessor,
Mechanical Engineering
PhD, Northwestern University

Specialties: Applied Mechanics, Orthopedic Biomechanics, Composite Materials
Thomas Schumacher 302-831-4559View WebsiteAssociate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Portland State University
PhD, Oregon State University

Specialties: Novel sensing methodologies for non-destructive testing (NDT) and structural health monitoring (SHM) of civil infrastructure, carbon nanotube-based sensing composites
Harry (Tripp) W. Shenton III 302-831-2447View WebsiteProfessor Civil & Environmental Engineering
PhD, The Johns Hopkins University

Specialties: Structural health monitoring and condition assessment of civil infrastructure, innovative systems and materials for low-rise construction
Steven J. Stanhope 302-831-3496View WebsiteDirector, BADER Consortium
Professor, Kinesiology & Applied Physiology, Mechanical Engineering

Specialties: Biomechanics, Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, Prosthetics, Orthotics, Human movement analysis
Erik T. Thostenson 302-831-8789View WebsiteAssociate Professor,
Department of
Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. University of Delaware

Processing and characterization of composite materials focusing on carbon nanotube and advanced fiber reinforcements, novel multifunctional composites, micro/nano mechanics modeling techniques.
Jack Vinson 302-831-2338View WebsiteH. Fletcher Brown
Professor Emeritus,
Mechanical Engineering
PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Specialties: Shell, plate, and panel structures of composite materials subjected to static, vibrational, impact, and hygrothermal loads; piezoelectric effects; high-strain-rate effects; sandwich structures; adhesive-bonded joints
Dionisios G. Vlachos 302-831-2830View WebsiteDirector, Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation
Elizabeth Inez Kelley Professor,
Chemical Engineering
PhD, University of Minnesota

Specialties: Reaction engineering and materials synthesis areas and the interplay of chemistry with transport over multiple length and time scales
Norman J. Wagner 302-831-8079View WebsiteAlvin B. and Julia O. Stiles Professor,
Chemical Engineering
PhD, Princeton University

Specialties: Rheology of colloidal dispersion, nano-particles, surfactant, biopolymer and polymer blends; non-equilibrium statistical mechanics and thermodynamics of complex fluids; molecular mechanics of diffusion in nano-structured materials
Bingqing Wei 302-831-6438View WebsiteProfessor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Specialities: Clean Energy, Composite Materials, Nanotechnology, Materials Engineering, Energy, Environmental, Global Initiative
Daniel Weile 302-831-8784View WebsiteAssociate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mathematical Sciences
PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sepcialties: Computational electromagnetics, periodic structures, genetics algorithms, and model-order reduction.
David Weir 302-831-7140View WebsiteDirector,
Office of Economics,
Innovation and Partnership
PhD, University of Glasgow

The Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships seeks to establish the University as a recognized center of invention, innovation, entrepreneurship, partnering and economic development.
John Q. Xiao 302-831-6547View WebsiteDirector, Nanofabrication Laboratory Research
Professor, Physics & Astronomy
PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Specialties: Transport, magnetic, and super-conducting properties in nanostructured materials, super-conducting properties and giant magneto-resistance in ceramic solids.
Shridhar Yarlagadda 302-831-4941Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Sr. Scientist, CCM
Ph.D., Penn State University

Specialties: Cost-effective manufacturing technologies for polymer and ceramic matrix composites, composites repair, magnetic materials and nanocomposites, smart structures and systems, electromagnetic signature management solutions, composite micromechanics and information technology

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