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Polymer Composites Group (Kessler Research Team) 2014

Prof. Kessler featured in Who is Who in Thermal Analysis book

Who is Who bookThe second issue of Springer’s Who is Who in Thermal Analysis has been published.  The book is now available at springer.com: http://www.springer.com/chemistry/analytical+chemistry/book/978-3-319-09485-4.  It features 350 leading scientists in thermal analysis and calorimetry, including Professor Kessler.  Here is a description of the book from the product flyer.

This is an expanded and revised second edition, presenting accurate and comprehensive information about our leading thermal scientists to current and future generations. In our globalized world, most researchers in thermal analysis do not know each other in person and are not familiar with each other’s achievements. This volume provides the reader with an up-to-date list of the prominent members in this community. The publication contains only living scientists. The selection is based partly on several decades of the editors’ personal professional experience and also partly on the opinion of the Regional Editors of the Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry.

Industry/university bioplastics research center underway

bioplastics-logoPULLMAN, Wash. – “Plastics… There’s a great future in plastics.” That line from the 1967 movie, “The Graduate,” could be revised to say that the future is now in bioplastics.

Washington State University, in collaboration with Iowa State University, is establishing the first industry and university cooperative research center devoted to the development of biologically based plastics.

“The field of plastics is not new, but making them from renewable materials rather than from petroleum is a growing area of interest in research and in industry,’’ said Michael Kessler, Berry Family Professor and center co-director.

“There are advantages of bioplastics from an environmental, economic and even performance standpoint, and the field is growing exponentially,” he said. “I am confident that this center will address many of the critical issues in biobased polymers and composites and will lead to a more sustainable future.’’

Read more on the WSU News Release

Center Website: www.cb2.iastate.edu

Coverage by the Press:

Liquid crystalline epoxy research highlighted in the media

Yuzhan Li’s AFOSR funded research project on aligned liquid crystalline epoxy is featured in a press release by Oak Ridge National Lab (who collaborated on the project).  The news release was picked up by numerous media outlets around the country.

The news corresponds to our recent paper in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces:

  • Y. Li, O. Rios, M. R. Kessler: Thermomagnetic Processing of Liquid Crystalline Epoxy Resins and Their Mechanical Characterization Using Nanoindentation, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2014, (DOI).

You can read the news release here.

 

The high magnetic field environments are provided by fully recondensing commercial prototype superconducting magnet processing system. The electromagnetic fields turn and align the liquid crystal phase forming a pseudo super-structure of ordered domains. This leads to advanced physical properties such as near-zero coefficient of thermal expansion.
The high magnetic field environments are provided by fully recondensing commercial prototype superconducting magnet processing system. The electromagnetic fields turn and align the liquid crystal phase forming a pseudo super-structure of ordered domains. This leads to advanced physical properties such as near-zero coefficient of thermal expansion. (high-res image)

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Professor Bingtao Wang joins the research group

BingtaoWe are pleased to welcome Professor Bingtao Wang to the research group.  Professor Wang is an Associate Professor at Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University in China, and will be spending the 2014/2015 on sabbatical at WSU.  He is an expert in the synthesis and characterization of bio-based plastics, elastomers, and natural fiber reinforced nanocomposites.

Research Network Available on SciVal Expert Profile

The visualization below is a map of the connections between Professor Kessler, his reseach group members, and their collaborators.  The size of each circle (each circle corresponds to individual researchers), and the size of the lines connecting them, represent papers that they have published together (the size of each indicates the number of publications).  Click on the link to open SciVal.com and view the constantly moving research network.

Research-Network

 

 

Check out our new book “Green Biorenewable Biocomposites”

9781771880329Our new book from CRC Press is available starting Fall 2014 [Book announcement (PDF)].

Vijay Kumar Thankur  and Michael R. Kessler, eds., Green Biorenewable Biocomposites: From Knowledge to Industrial Applications, CRC Press, ISBN 978-1-77188-032-9, 2014, 405 pages.

Here is a list of the chapters.

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Spider Silk Biocomposites: From Recombinant Protein to Fibers – Tyler Chuang, Albert Lin, and Craig Vierra
  • Chapter 2: Biogenic Hydroxyapatite Based Implant – Materials Katalin Balázsi and Csaba Balázsi
  • Chapter 3: Liquid Crystals and Cellulose Derivatives Composites – Adina Maria Dobos, Mihaela-Dorina Onofrei, and Silvia Ioan
  • Chapter 4: Biocomposites Composed of Bio-Based Epoxy Resins, Bio-Based Polyphenols and Lignocellulosic Fibers – Mitsuhiro Shibata
  • Chapter 5: Biocomposite Structures as Sound Absorber Materials – Nazire Deniz Yılmaz and Nancy B. Powell
  • Chapter 6: Biocomposites for Industrial Noise Control – A. R. Mohanty and S. Fatima
  • Chapter 7: Complex Shape Forming of Flax Fabrics: Analysis of the Solutions to Prevent Defects – Pierre Ouagne and Damien Soulat
  • Chapter 8: Injection Molding of Natural Fiber Reinforced Composites – Inderdeep Singh and Saurabh Chaitanya
  • Chapter 9: Development and Properties of Sugar Palm Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites – S. M. Sapuan, J. Sahari , and M. L. Sanyang
  • Chapter 10: Biocomposites Based on Natural Fibers and Polymer Matrix: From Theory to Industrial Products – Anita Grozdanov, Igor Jordanov, Maria E. Errico, Gennaro Gentile, and Maurizio Avella
  • Chapter 11: Fire Resistance Cellulosic Fibers for Biocomposites – Minh-Tan Ton-That and Tri-Dung Ngo
  • Chapter 12: Reinforcing Fillers and Coupling Agents’ Effects for Performing Wood Polymer Composites – Diène Ndiaye, Mamadou Gueye, Coumba Thiandoume, Ansou Malang Badji, and Adams Tidjani
  • Chapter 13 : Mechanical, Physical, Thermal, and Spectrophotometric Properties of Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles, Paulownia Wood, and Pine Wood Reinforced High Density Polyethylene Composites: Effect of Maleation, Chemical Modification, and the Mixing of Fillers – Brent Tisserat, Louis Reifschneider, David Grewell, Gowrishanker Srinivasan, and Rogers Harry O’kurud
  • Chapter 14: The Multifunctional Chemical Tunability of Wood-Based Polymers for Advanced Biomaterials Applications – Teresa Cristina Fonseca Silva, Deusanilde Silva, and Lucian A. Lucia
  • Chapter 15: Sldpe/Wheat Gluten Husk Biocomposites Applied to Benzophenone Absortion: Determination of Properties Using Computational Chemistry – Norma-Aurea Rangel-Vazquez, Adrian Bonilla-Petriciolet, and Virginia Hernandez-Montoya
  • Chapter 16: Nano-Cellulose Reinforced Chitosan Nanocomposites for Packaging and Biomedical Applications – Pratheep K. Annamalai and Dilip Depan
  • Chapter 17: Bionanocomposites: A Greener Alternative for Future Generation – Murshid Iman and Tarun K. Maji

 

Research on degradable electronics highlighted in press

dissolving-electronicsOur collaborative work with professor Reza Montazami at Iowa State has generated substantial buzz in the popular press recently following the publication of our paper “Study of Physically Transient Insulating Materials as a Potential Platform for Transient Electronics and Bioelectronics in Advanced Functional Materials (doi: 10.1002/adfm.201304186).  A video from CBS affiliate, channel 8, KCCI Des Moines, is available here.  Additional links to stories about the technology are listed below:

  • KCCI News Chanel 8, “ISU researchers making gadgets that would dissolve after use,” April 4, 2014. (URL)
  • Product Design & Development, “Electronics that dissolve when triggered,” April 4, 2014. (URL)
  • RedOrbit, “Researchers working to develop dissolvable transient electronics,” April 5, 2014. (URL)
  • EE Times, “Electronics that dissolve when triggered,” April 4, 2014. (URL)
  • Phys.org, “Scientist developing materials, electronics that dissolve when triggered,” April 4, 2014. (URL)
  • R&D Magazine, “Scientist developing materials, electronics that dissolve when triggered,” April 4, 2014. (URL)
  • Newswise, “Iowa State materials scientist developing materials, electronics that dissolve when triggered,” April 3, 2014. (URL)
  • E! Science News, “Iowa State scientist developing materials, electronics that dissolve when triggered,” April 4, 2014. (URL)
  • USA News, “Scientist developing materials, electronics that dissolve when triggered,” April 4, 2014. (URL)
  • United Press International, “Scientists develop dissolvable electronics” April 4, 2014. (URL)
  • MyFoxBoston.com, “Scientists developing dissolvable electronics” May 2, 2014. (URL)
  • Fox News, “Futuristic science: Electronics that melt away”, by Lauren Blanchard, June 2, 2014. (URL)

 

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