Materials and Manufacturing

Our efforts in materials and manufacturing are based on
  • Xun Yu: self-sensing composite, transparent nanofiber composite, biomaterials.
  • Tae Youl Choi: Focused ion beam nanomanufacturing, micropipette, graphene, carbon nanotube
  • Nandika Anne D’Souza: polymers, biopolymers, composites, failure analysis, multifunctional nanocomposites.
  • Aleksandra Fortier: Thin films, failure analysis, Lead-Free solders, carbon nanowires, 3D printing deposition
  • Nie Xu, Shape memory alloys, Armor ceramics, High-performance concrete
  • Sheldon Shi: Natural fiber, fiber functionalization, adhesion and adhesive, biocomposites fabrication,
  • Jaehyung Ju: cellular materials, porous structures, additive manufacturing

Materials & Manufacturing

Jaehyung Ju: Fabricated cellular materials from additivemanufacturing.

3D deposition process

3D Deposition Process

High Resolution 3D Printer

High Resolution 3D Printer

HD3500 Plus, 3D Systems

Additive Manufacturing

Indirect Additive Manufacturing Method

Indirect Additive Manufacturing Method

Li-on Battery Electrodes

Li-ion Battery Electrodes

Aleksandra Fortier studied failure issues in Li-ion Battery electrodes

Li-on Battery Electrodes

Li-ion Battery Electrodes

Aleksandra Fortier studied failure issues in Li-ion Battery electrodes

Li-on Battery Electrodes

Li-ion Battery Electrodes

Aleksandra Fortier studied failure issues in Li-ion Battery electrodes

Climate Germinating Chamber

Climate Germinating Chamber

Auto Climate Germinating Chamber (ACGC)

Compostable Foams

D'Souza: Compostable foams

Corrosion Resistant Coatings

Corrosion Resistant Coatings

D'Souza: Corrosion Resistant Coatings

Electroplated Coating

Electroplated Coating

Fortier: New electroplated coating to mitigate Tin whiskers growth

FEM Modeling

FEM Modeling

Aleksandra: FEM modeling to study stress propagation in thin films

Flame Retardant Polymers

Flame Retardant Polymers

Lead Free Solder Joint

Solder Joint

Aleksandra: Improved the lead-free solder joint performance using Ni-nanoparticles

Mechanical Stress

Mechanical Stress

Han, Dalian University of Technology, China

PFI: Structured Insulated Panel

SIP

  • Fast modular housing
  • Rapidly renewable compsites compared to wood
  • Insulation leads to low thermal footprint

Strong and tough

Nanoplatelet

Thermal wave images of a nanocomposite specimen during fracture toughness test

Grants
  • Sheldon Shi, Impregnated inorganic nanoparticles at the cellulosic fiber and polymer interfaces, NSF CMMI 1247008, $116,881 June. 2012 – Aug. 2014
  • Sheldon Shi, Conversion of CCTS carbon powders into activated carbon, CCTS Company, $62,500. June 1, 2012 – June 30, 2014.
  • PI: J. Ju, Co-PI: T.Y, Choi, A Study on the Rapid Prototyping - Investment Casting (RP-IC) Method for Manufacturing Metallic Cellular Solids – Simulation and Experimental Validation, UNT Research Opportunity Grant (ROP), $10,000, 09/2012-08/2013.
  • N. A. D’Souza and T.Y, Choi, High thermal conductivity/high electric insulation polymers, Semiconductor Research Corporation, 1/1/2013-12/31/2015, $240000
  • N. A. D’Souza Electrical Performance Characterization of Molding Compounds Used in High Voltage Applications, Semiconductor Research Corporation, 2/1/2012-1/31/2015, $240000
  • N. A. D’Souza and T. D. Golden, Bioinspired coatings for corrosion resistance, Qatar National Research Foundation, $275,000 1/1/2013 – 12/31/2015
  • N. A. D’Souza, Y. Tao, S. Brumbley Farmer-Academic-Industry Partnerships for Innovation in the Built Environment, National Science Foundation, 9/1/2011-8/31/2014
  • N. A. D’Souza and B. Ayre (and H. Lu, UTD), Collaborative Proposal: Characterization and Modeling of Natural Fiber Polymer Matrix Composites for Correlating Natural Fiber/Matrix Morphology, National Science Foundation, 6/1/2010 -5/31/2014
  • Xun Yu (PI), NSF, “RUI: Self-sensing concrete pavement”, 9/1/2009-8/30/2012, $124,989, (co-PI: Dr. E. Kwon, University of Minnesota Duluth)
  • Xun Yu (PI), Federal Highway Administration, “Carbon nanotube based self-sensing concrete for pavement structural health monitoring,”  3/15/2010 – 3/14/2012, $284,979 (co-PI: Dr. E. Kwon, University of Minnesota Duluth)
Publications
  • A. Fortier, M.G. Pecht, “Comparative Study of Metal Films and Their Affinity for Metal Whiskers Growth", IEEE Transactions on Electronics Packaging Manufacturing, (Published Vol. 2, No. 5, pp. 739) May 2012.
  • A. Fortier, R. Kovacevic, “Internal Microstructure Investigation of Tin Whisker Growth using FIB Technology", Journal of Electronic Materials, (Published Volume 41, Issue 8, Page 2029) March 2012.
  • Zhang, S. Q. Shi, C. U. Pittman, D. Jiang, W. Che, Z. Gai, J. Y. Howe, K. J. More, and A. Antonyraj. 2012. Versatile and biomass synthesis of iron-based nanoparticles supported on carbon matrix that has high iron content and tunable reactivity. Journal of Nanoparticle Research. 14: 1023-1034.
  • W. Chen, L. Fehrenbacher, I. Vesnovsky, “Rate Effects on the Mechanical Response of Magnesium Aluminate Spinel”. Materials Science and Engineering A, 528, 5088-5095, 2011
  • K. M. Lee, A. Neogi, M. Kim, B. Kim, R. Luchowski, Z. Gryzynski, N. Calander, T. Choi, “Silver nanostructure sensing platform for maximum-contrast fluorescence cell imaging,” J. Biomed Opt. Vol. 16 (5), 056008 (2011).
  • Shrestha, R., Lee, K. M., Chang, W. S., Kim, D. S., Rhee, G. H., and T. Y. Choi, “Steady heat conduction-based thermal conductivity measurement of single walled carbon nanotubes thin film using a micropipette thermal sensor,” Review of Scientific Instruments 84, 034901 (2013).
  • T. Y. Choi, M. H. Maneshian, B. Kang, W. S. Chang, C. S. Han, D. Poulikakos, “Measurement of thermal conductivity and convective heat transfer coefficient of water-based single-walled carbon nanotubes solution by modified 3-ω method,” Nanotechnology 20 (2009) 315706
  • H. Heo, J. Ju, D.-M. Kim, 2013, Compliant Cellular Structures: Application to a Passive Morphing Airfoil, Composite Structures, 106:560-569 online
  • X. Nie, W. Chen, L. Fehrenbacher, I. Vesnovsky, “Rate Effects on the Mechanical Response of Magnesium Aluminate Spinel”. Materials Science and Engineering A, 528, 5088-5095, 2011
  • W. Hu, D. Antoine, and X. Yu, "Optically transparent poly(methyl methacrylate) composite reinforced by polyacylonitrile hollow nanofibers, "Journal of Composite Materials, accepted for publication, 2013.
  • B. Han, K. Zhang, X. Yu, E. Kwon, and J. Ou, " Electrical characteristics and pressure-sensitive response measurements of carboxyl MWNT/cement composites,"Cement and Concrete Composites, vol. 34, pp.794-800, 2012.
  • J. Holy, E. Perkins, and X. Yu, “Adhesion, Proliferation, and Differentiation of Pluripotent Stem Cells on Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes,” IET Nanobiotechnology, vol. 5, pp. 41-46, 2011.
Partnerships
  • Xu Nie, collaborates with  Marcus Young, UNT Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Wayne Chen, Purdue University, William Heard, U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center
  • Tae-Youl Choi collaborates with Air Force Research Lab, 911 HPW/RHDO at Fort Sam Houston, POSTECH, Korea and KIMM, Korea
  • Xun Yu collaborates with Dr. Eil Kwon, University of Minnesota Duluth.
  • Tom Burnham, Minnesota Department of Transportation.
  • Dr. Jon Holy, University of Minnesota School of Medicine-Duluth.
  • Dr. Baoguo Han, Dalian University of Technology, China.