Research

from processing to characterization

My research focuses on creating novelty in composite materials. Composite materials are heterogeneous materials consisting of two or more different materials. Therefore, composite materials can obtain multi-functions by incorporating the constituents of specific functions. There are multi-disciplinary technical challenges in creating multi-functional composites, which require a wide range of expertise in everything from processing to characterization.
Research Overview 
Lightweight, high-performance structural materials have been designed to become functional materials. Specific functions include self-healing, temperature control, passive damping, self-reporting, and much more.
Laboratory scale machines were developed for consistent and reliable fabricating processes. These machines also reduce manufacturing costs and allow to explore a wide variety of fields including polymer processing and fiber spinning.
Mechanical properties of structural materials determine their applications and service lives. Experimental results supported by analytical models allow to assess the properties and behaviors of the materials. 
Nondestructive techniques examine the architecture of any material and can be used to assess the reliability of structural materials. Specific techniques include acoustic emission, confocal microscopy, CT-scan, and infrared imaging.