Center for Composite Materials - University of Delaware
University of Delaware

Affiliated Faculty


Suresh G. Advani
advani@udel.edu
302-831-1674
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Associate Director, CCM
George W. Laird Professor
Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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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
cha@ce.udel.edu
302-831-2435
Professor, Civil &
Environmental Engineering
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

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Population dynamics of biological wastewater treatment processes, biotransformation of environmental contaminants in natural and engineered systems.

Thomas P. Beebe
beebe@udel.edu
302-831-3051
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Professor,
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Director,
Surface Analysis Facility
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

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Structure and properties of biomolecules at interfaces; combining scanning probe microscopy with conventional UHV surface spectroscopies; surface structure and surface reactivity relationships.

Mike Bortner
mbortner@vt.edu
540-231 4213
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Assistant Professor,
Chemical Engineering
Virginia Tech
Ph.D., Virginia Tech, 2003
M.Eng., Virginia Tech, 2002
B.S., Penn State, 1998

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Polymer nanocomposites; nanostructured materials and surfaces; polymer morphology and structure-property relationships; surface and interface phenomena in polymers

Michael Chajes
chajes@udel.edu
302-831-6756
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Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Ph.D., University of California

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Applications of composite materials in civil engineering structures, use of composites for infrastructure rehabilitation.

Travis Bogetti
travis.a.bogetti.civ@mail.mil
302-831-6324
Adjunct Professor,
Mechanical Engineering
Research Engineer,
US Army Research Laboratory (ARL)
Ph.D., University of Delaware

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Composite Modeling, Experimental Mechanics

David L. Burris
dburris@udel.edu
302-831-2006
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Associate Professor,
Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D., University of Florida

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Tribological characterization, environmental testing, probing buried interfaces, multifunctional tribomaterials, modeling

Tsu-Wei Chou
chou@udel.edu
302-831-1550
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Pierre S. du Pont
Chair of Engineering
Professor,
Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D., Stanford University

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Modeling & characterization of polymer-metal and ceramic-based fiber composites; nanotube-based composites;
micro- and nano-mechanics.

Prasad Dhurjati
dhurjati@udel.edu
302-831-2879
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Chair,
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Professor,
Chemical Engineering
Professor,
Mathematical Sciences
PhD, Purdue University

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Systems biology and bioinformatics, mathematical modeling and computational biology, bioprocess engineering, knowledge-based systems and online process fault diagnosis.

Thomas H Epps, III
thepps@udel.edu
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
jf@udel.edu
302-831-0228
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Professor,
School of Marine Science & Policy
Associate Professor,
Legal Studies
Ph.D. Univ of North Carolina
JD University of Michigan

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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
furst@udel.edu
302-831-0102
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Chair,
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Professor,
Chemical Engineering
Director, CMET
Ph.D., Stanford University

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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.
gillespi@udel.edu
302-831-8702
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Professor of:
– Department of Materials Science & Engineering
– Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
– Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D., University of Delaware

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Composites, processing, mechanics, design, interphase science, adhesion, experimental methods

James L. Glancey
glancey@udel.edu
302-831-1179
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Professor,
Mechanical Engineering & Bioresources Engineering
Ph.D., University of California at Davis

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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
goossen@udel.edu
302-831-0590
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Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Optoelectronics and optical fiber communication; investigations into solid state devices, nanoelectronics, electromagnetics and composite materials.

Bazle Haque
bzhaque@udel.edu
302-831-6805
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
CCM Sr. Scientist
Ph.D., University of Delaware

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Penetration Mechanics, Impact Dynamics and Damage Modeling, Dynamic Behavior of Materials, Experimental and Computational Mechanics, Composite Armor Mechanics, Composite Processing and Characterization

Dirk Heider
heider@udel.edu
302-831-8898
Associate Professor, Electrical &
Computer Engineering
CCM Assistant Director for Technology
Ph.D., University of Delaware

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Advanced composites manufacturing including VARTM, automated thermoplastic tape placement, pultrusion and induction-based thermoplastic processing

Zubaer Hossain
zubaer@udel.edu
302-831-0900
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Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Solid Mechanics, Energy, Nanotechnology, Materials Engineering

Scott Jones
jones@udel.edu
302-831-8278
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Chairperson,
B&E Accounting & MIS
Professor,
B&E Accounting & MIS
Ph.D., Drexel University

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Cost Analysis of Advanced Materials & Processing; management control systems, applied statistics.

Victor Kaliakan
kaliakan@udel.edu
302-831-2409
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Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Ph.D., University of California, Davis

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Computational geomechanics, constitutive modeling of geomaterials and polymers

Michael Keefe
keefe@udel.edu
302-831-8009
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Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Associate Chairman,
Undergraduate Education
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

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Modeling of Joints in Fabric Structures; Rapid Tooling and Rapid Prototyping

Willet M. Kempton
kempton@udel.edu
302-831-0049
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Director, 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

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Electric cars, energy, environmental, marine, public policy, V2G technology, wind power

Christopher J. Kloxin
cjk@udel.edu
302-831-8670
Joint Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering

Kristi L. Kiick
kiick@udel.edu
302-831-0201
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Deputy Dean of Engineering
Professor, Materials
Science & Engineering
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst

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investigates the synthesis, characterization, and application of biologically inspired and biologically produced materials

Raul F. Lobo
lobo@udel.edu
302-831-1261
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Director, Center for Catalytic Science & Technology
Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology

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Inorganic materials synthesis and characterization, catalysis and kinetics, and adsorption and separations.

Michael E. Mackay
mem@udel.edu
302-831-6194
Distinguished Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Ph.D., University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign 1985
M.S., University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign 1983
B.S., University of Delaware 1979

David Martin
milty@udel.edu
302-831-2062
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Karl W. and Renate Böer Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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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
smcknigh@udel.edu
571-858-3002
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Vice 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
mirotzi@udel.edu
302-831-4241
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Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Director, Electromagnetic Materials Laboratory

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Multifunctional Structural Composites; Functional Multi-material Additive Manufacturing Methods;
Scalable Manufacturing of Multifunctional Composites

Chaoying Ni
cni@udel.edu
302-831-6359
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Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Director, W.M Keck Electron Microscope Facility
Ph.D., University of Delaware

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Transmission electron microscopy in materials science; in situ electron microscopy and characterization; nanotubes and fibers; composites.

Amod Ogale
amodo@udel.edu
864-656-5483
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Director,
Center for Advanced Engineering Fibers and Films (CAEFF)
Dow Chemical Professor,
Chemical Engineering,
Clemson University
Ph.D., University of Delaware, 1986

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Polymer Fibers, Films, and Composites

Babatunde Ogunnaike
ogunnaike@udel.edu
302-831-4504
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Dean, College of Engineering
William L. Friend Chair of Chemical Engineering
Professor, Center for Systems Biology – DBI
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Control systems and theory

Robert L. Opila
opila@udel.edu
302-831-3128
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Professor, Materials
Science & Engineering
Ph.D., University of Chicago

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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
pochan@udel.edu
302-831-3569
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Professor and Chair, Material Science & Engineering
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

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Investigate vesicle, micelle and hydrogel formation in dilute aqueous systems of block polypeptides

Ajay K. Prasad
prasad@udel.edu
302-831-2960
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Engineering Alumni Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Director, Center for Fuel
Cell Research
Ph.D., Stanford University

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Clean energy including fuel cells, Li-ion batteries, wind and ocean current energy, and vehicle-to-grid technology

Dennis Prather
dprather@udel.edu
302-831-8170
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Engineering Alumni Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ph.D., University of Maryland

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Silicon Photonics; Ultra-wideband Conformal Antennas;Passive Millimeter-wave Imaging; High-Frequency Optical Modulators and RF Photonic Integration

John F. Rabolt
rabolt@udel.edu
302-831-4476
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Karl W. and Renate Boer Professor, Materials
Science Engineering
Ph.D., Southern Illionis University

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Polymers, electrospinning; organic thin films; IR/Raman spectroscopy; biomolecular materials for tissue engineering

Judy Riffle
judyriffle@aol.com
540-231-8214
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Professor,
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

Jennifer Righman-McConnell
righman@udel.edu
302-831-6056
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Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Ph.D. Civil Engineering, West Virginia University

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Bridge engineering, non-linear behavior and stability of steel structures, aging infrastructure, design for extreme events, computational analysis

R. Valery Roy
vroy@udel.edu
302-831-1019
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Associate Professor
Dept. Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. , M.S. , Rice University

Michael Santare
santare@udel.edu
302-831-2246
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Professor,
Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D., Northwestern University

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Applied Mechanics, Orthopedic Biomechanics, Composite Materials

Thomas Schumacher
schumacht@udel.edu
302-831-4559
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Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Portland State University
Ph.D., Oregon State University

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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
shenton@udel.edu
302-831-2447
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Professor Civil & Environmental Engineering
PhD, The Johns Hopkins University

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Structural health monitoring and condition assessment of civil infrastructure, innovative systems and materials for low-rise construction

Steven J. Stanhope
stanhope@udel.edu
302-831-3496
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Director, BADER Consortium
Professor, Kinesiology & Applied Physiology, Mechanical Engineering

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Biomechanics, Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, Prosthetics, Orthotics, Human movement analysis

Erik T. Thostenson
thosten@udel.edu
302-831-8789
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Associate Professor,
Department of
Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. University of Delaware

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Processing and characterization of composite materials focusing on carbon nanotube and advanced fiber reinforcements, novel multifunctional composites, micro/nano mechanics modeling techniques.

Jack Vinson
vinson@udel.edu
302-831-2338
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H. Fletcher Brown
Professor Emeritus,
Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

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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
vlachos@udel.edu
302-831-2830
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Director, Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation
Elizabeth Inez Kelley Professor,
Chemical Engineering
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

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Reaction engineering and materials synthesis areas and the interplay of chemistry with transport over multiple length and time scales

Norman J. Wagner
wagnernj@udel.edu
302-831-8079
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Alvin B. and Julia O. Stiles Professor,
Chemical Engineering
Ph.D., Princeton University

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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
weib@udel.edu
302-831-6438
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Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Clean Energy, Composite Materials, Nanotechnology, Materials Engineering, Energy, Environmental, Global Initiative

Daniel Weile
weile@udel.edu
302-831-8784
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Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mathematical Sciences
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Computational electromagnetics, periodic structures, genetics algorithms, and model-order reduction.
 
David Weir
dsweir@udel.edu
302-831-7140
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Director,
Office of Economics,
Innovation and Partnership
Ph.D., University of Glasgow

John Q. Xiao
jqx@udel.edu
302-831-6547
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Director, Nanofabrication Laboratory Research
Office UNIDEL
Professor, Physics & Astronomy
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

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Transport, magnetic, and super-conducting properties in nanostructured materials, super-conducting properties and giant magneto-resistance in ceramic solids.

Shridhar Yarlagadda
yarlagad@udel.edu
302-831-4941
Assistant Director for Research
Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ph.D., Penn State University

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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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