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Polymer Composites Group (Kessler Research Team) News

Dean of Engineering at North Dakota State University

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!

Congratulations to Vijay Kumar

Congratulations to Dr. Vijay Kumar Thankur, who has been part of the research group since January 2013, on his new job at Cranfield University (50 miles north of London).  Vijay will be a tenured lecturer at Cranfield University’s School of Aerospace, Transport, and Manufacturing Engineering.

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Kessler named ASME Fellow

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>

Multifunctional smart polymers research featured

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:

 

Congratulations to Jonathan Moore – Outstanding Sophomore

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>

Handbook of Composites from Renewable Materials

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.

by Vijay Kumar Thakur, Manju Kumari Thakur, Michael R. Kessler

August 2016, Hardcover

 

 

by Vijay Kumar Thakur, Manju Kumari Thakur, Michael R. Kessler

August 2016, Hardcover

 

 

by Vijay Kumar Thakur, Manju Kumari Thakur, Michael R. Kessler

September 2016, Hardcover

 

 

by Vijay Kumar Thakur, Manju Kumari Thakur, Michael R. Kessler

September 2016, Hardcover

 

 

by Vijay Kumar Thakur, Manju Kumari Thakur, Michael R. Kessler

October 2016, Hardcover

 

 

 

by Vijay Kumar Thakur, Manju Kumari Thakur, Michael R. Kessler

October 2016, Hardcover

 

 

by Vijay Kumar Thakur, Manju Kumari Thakur, Michael R. Kessler

November 2016, Hardcover

 

 

by Vijay Kumar Thakur, Manju Kumari Thakur, Michael R. Kessler
November 2016, Hardcover

Book Published: “Liquid Crystalline Polymers: Volume 2–Processing and Applications”

Volume 1  Volume 2

Our two new books, titled “Liquid Crystalline Polymers: Volume 1Structure and Chemistry” and “Liquid Crystalline Polymers: Volume 2Processing 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.