Professor Kessler was the 2013 recipient of the North American Thermal Analysis Society (NATAS) Fellows Award. The award was presented August 7 at the 2013 NATAS Annual Conference in Bowling Green, Kentucky. According to the NATAS website, the NATAS Fellows Award recognizes a history of distinguished scientific achievement, a significant technological accomplishment, and/or outstanding scholarship in the field of thermal analysis.
Professor Kessler and four members of his research team, Tom Garrison, Vijay Kumar Thakur, Yuzhan Li, and Mitch Rock, have moved from Iowa State University to Washington State University (WSU) in August 2013. Professor Kessler has been named the Berry Family Director of the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. As school director, Professor Kessler is charged with providing leadership to define and advance the school’s academic and research agendas.
WSU Press Release: Kessler to direct School of Mechanical, Materials Engineering.
CNN recently highlighted efforts to commercialize self-healing materials based on the research and development work which began years ago while Prof. Kessler was at the University of Illinois. The site includes a scanning electron microscope image showing a ruptured microcapsule contained in a self-healing epoxy.
A new center that will research bioplastics and biocomposites is getting a boost from a planning grant from the National Science Foundation. Read more in the Plastics News Report here.
The center, dubbed CB2, will conduct research that promotes industry-wide acceptance of biobased plastics and composites and increases the use of sustainable materials. Projects will look at all aspects in the development of biobased plastics including feedstock logistics; synthesis and compounding of materials; and economic and environmental analysis of new products.
NSF will provides management expertise and matching funds for the first five years with the potential for additional funding.
For information on CB2, see www.cb2.iastate.edu..
Congratulations to Prashanth Badrinarayanan, Hongchao Wu, Mark Rogalski, and the rest of the research team whose work on epoxy composites reinforced with negative thermal expansion nanofiller zirconium tungstate is featured on the front cover of the February 2013 edition of the journal Macromolecular Materials and Engineering.
Congratulations to graduate students Eliseo De León and Mitch Rock for winning National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research fellowships through the Iowa Space Grant Consortium program. More information is available in an article in ISU’s INNOVATE online magazine (NASA story).