Starting July 1, 2017, Professor Kessler will be the next dean of the College of Engineering at North Dakota State University. He is thrilled with the opportunity to lead the largest college at this growing land-grant research university, and he is excited to join NDSU and the Fargo-Moorhead community. At the same time, he will miss WSU, Pullman, and the Cougar family. Most of his research team will remain at WSU while they finish up their PhD theses and research projects. In addition, Dr. Kessler plans to continue in his role as the co-director of the NSF Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites. Go Bison! and Go Cougs!
Check out our new 53 page review article titled “Recent advances in vegetable oil-based polymers and their composites”. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.progpolymsci.2016.12.009
Our new book, “Soy-based Bioplastics” was just published. https://www.smithersrapra.com/publications/books/browse-by-category/handbooks/soy-based-bioplastics-(1) …
PULLMAN, Wash. – Michael Kessler, Berry Family director and professor in Washington State University’s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME), has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. <More>
Our paper in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces titled “Photoresponsive Liquid Crystalline Epoxy Networks with Shape Memory Behavior and Dynamic Ester Bonds” (doi: 10.1021/acsami.6b04374) has received significant “buzz” in the popular media. Starting with a press release by WSU News, released on June 30, the article has been picked up and re-reported by the following sources:
- Materials Today
- Popular Science
- Materials Rsearch Society (Materials360)
- R&D Magazine
- DPA Magazine
- Business Standard
- The Department of Energy – Office of Science homepage (science.energy.gov)
- The Daily Evergreen
- The Financial Express
- Science Daily
- AZOM Materials
- Silicon Republic
- India Today
- The Free Press Journal
- Daiji World
- The Statesman
- Sify News
- Crazy Engineers
- Converter News
- Last Minute Geek
- Pullman Radio
- HT syndication
- Tasnim News Agency
- Zee News
- Daily Mail
Jonathan Moore, who is working as an undergraduate research assistant in the group, was recently recognized at the college’s annual convocation ceremony last week as the Outstanding Sophmore in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture at Washington State University. Jonathan Moore, who’s from Milton, Wash., works with PhD student Mitch Rock conducting research on aligned carbon nanotube sheets, gives tours as an Honors Hall ambassador, is Honors Hall president and is on the Associated Students of WSU senate. <more>
Our new 8 volume Handbook of Composites from Renewable Materials (ISBN: 978-1-119-22436-5) published by Wiley is available starting August 2016. Learn more at the Publisher’s Website.
Our two new books, titled “Liquid Crystalline Polymers: Volume 1–Structure and Chemistry” and “Liquid Crystalline Polymers: Volume 2–Processing and Applications” edited by Vijay Kumar Thakur and Michael R. Kessler have just been published. Each volume contains about 20 chapters and each is over 500 pages long. Here are descriptions of the two volumes from the publishers website:
Volume 1: This book introduces anisotropic innovations in liquid crystalline polymers as well as new nanocomposite materials and testing techniques. The authors detail the newest discoveries of material properties, material types and phases, and material characterization. This interdisciplinary work creates valuable links that strengthen the approach to the evolving field of liquid crystalline polymers/ materials.
Volume 2: This book introduces various applications of liquid crystalline polymers as the emerging new class of high performance novel materials. The authors detail the advantageous properties of these LCs including optical anisotropic, transparency and easy control over structure. This interdisciplinary work includes valuable input from international projects with special focus on the use of liquid crystalline polymers and/or nanocomposites.
Read more at the Springer book site here.