Research

Current Research Interests

Processing-induced crystallization in polymer nanocomposites

We are seeking to leverage nanoscale crystalline morphology and interfaces in semicrystalline polymer nanocomposite materials, with a particular emphasis on coupling crystallinity development to the processing and manufacturing of these materials. In particular, we are interested in exploiting situations where the presence of nanoparticles can be coupled with select processing conditions to generate preferred crystalline morphologies for a given application.

Nonbulk viscoelastic interphases in polymer nanocomposites

We are interested in extending existing micromechanical approaches for specific application in polymer nanocomposites; for example, to study how the properties of a reduced mobility, non-bulk polymer interphase that forms in polymer nanocomposites influences the viscoelastic properties of polymer nanocomposites.

Piezoelectric approaches to energy scavenging

For vibration energy harvesting, we are interesting in developing techniques to efficienty convert low levels of ambient vibration present in a given environment into small (but useful) levels of electrical energy for applications such as powering wireless sensors and ultra low power devices.