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Polymer Composites Group (Kessler Research Team) Alumni

Kessler Group Alumni

Postdocs/Visiting Scientists

  • Dr. Rafael Quirino, Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2011-2012
  • Dr. Liangfeng (Tom) Sun, Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2011
  • Dr. Prashanth Badrinarayanan, Postdoctoral Research Associate and Adjunct Asst Prof., 2007-2011
  • Dr. Eddie Stefanescu, Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2009-2010
  • Dr. Xia Sheng, Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2008-2010
  • Prof. Sungho Yoon, Visiting Professor, 2008-2009 (Kumoh National Institute of Technology, Korea)
  • Jinoh Oh, Visiting Scientist, 2008 (Kumoh National Institute of Technology, Korea)
  • Gilhyung Lee, Visiting Scientist, 2008(Kumoh National Institute of Technology, Korea)
  • Young Eun Hwang, Visiting Scientist, 2008(Kumoh National Institute of Technology, Korea)
  • Fen Chao, Visiting Scientist, 2007-2008, Fellow of the China Scholarship Council (CSC), (Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China)
  • Prof. Jong Keun Lee, Visiting Professor, 2006 (Kumoh National Institute of Technology, Korea)
  • Xing Liu, Visiting Scientist, 2006 (Kumoh National Institute of Technology, Korea)

Ph.D. Students

  • Wu, Hongchao, PhD, 2010-2014,
    Dissertation: “Multifunctional polymer composites containing inorganic nanoparticles and novel low-cost carbonaceous fillers” (2014). Doctoral dissertation. Paper 13708.
  • Chen, Ruqi, PhD, 2011-2014,
    Thesis: “Bio-based polymeric materials from vegetable oils” (2014). Doctoral dissertation. Paper 13709.
  • Li, Yuzhan, PhD, 2010-2014,
    Dissertation: “Synthesis and characterization of liquid crystalline epoxy resins” (2014). Doctoral dissertation. Paper 13727.
  • Zhang, Chaoqun, PhD, 2011-2014,
    Dissertation: “Polyurethane films, foams and nanocomposites prepared from vegetable oil-based polyols” (2014). Doctoral dissertation. Paper 13742.
  • Vennerberg, Danny, PhD, 2011-2014,
    NSF Graduate Research Fellow; College of Engineering Research Excellence Award 2014.
    Dissertation: “Development of scalable methods for the utilization of multi-walled carbon nanotubes in polymer and metal matrix composites” (2014). Doctoral dissertation. Paper 13714.
  • Garrison, Thomas Frederick, PhD (R. Larock, co-advisor), 2009-2013
    NSF GK12 Fellow (2012-2013)
    Dissertation: “Synthesis and characterization of vegetable oil-based polyurethane dispersions” (2013). Doctoral dissertation. Paper 13470.
  • Hondred, Peter Raymond, PhD, 2008-2013
    Cowell Graduate Fellow (2008-2009); Schafer 2050 Graduate Fellow (2009-2010); NSF GK12 Fellow (2011-2012)
    Dissertation: “Polymer damage mitigation—predictive lifetime models of polymer insulation degradation and biorenewable thermosets through cationic polymerization for self-healing applications” (2013). Doctoral dissertation. Paper 13105.
  • Hongyu Cui, PhD, 2009-2013.
    Dissertation: “Glass fiber reinforced biorenewable polymer composites and the fabrication with pultrusion process” (2013). Doctoral dissertation. Paper 13567.
  • De León, José Eliseo, PhD, 2009-2013,
    Dissertation “Cyanate ester-nanoparticle composites as multifunctional structural capacitors” (2013). Doctoral dissertation. Paper 13353.
  • Mauldin, Timothy C., PhD (M. Jeffries-EL, co-advisor) 2006-2011,
    Dissertation: “Self-healing polymers – the importance of choosing an adequate healing monomer, and the olefin metathesis polymerization of agricultural oils” (2011). Doctoral dissertation. Paper 10299.
  • Quirino, Rafael Lopes, PhD (R. Larock, co-advisor), 2011.
    Dissertation: “Natural oil-based composites reinforced with natural fillers, and conjugation/isomerization of carbon-carbon double bonds” (2011). Doctoral dissertation. Paper 10316.
  • Xia, Ying, PhD (R. Larock, co-advisor), 2007-2011,
    Iowa State University Research Excellence Award, 2011
    Dissertation: “Biorenewable polymeric materials from vegetable oils” (2011). Doctoral dissertation. Paper 10307.
  • Jeong, Wonje, PhD, 2005-2009,
    Dissertation: “ROMP-based polymer composites and biorenewable rubbers” (2009). Doctoral dissertation. Paper 10304.
  • Sheng, Xia, PhD (M. Akinc, co-advisor), 2005-2008,
    Iowa State University Research Excellence Award 2008
    Dissertation: “Polymer nanocomposites for high-temperature composite repair” (2008). Doctoral dissertation. Paper 10282.
  • Goertzen, William, PhD, 2005-2007,
    NSF Graduate Research Fellow
    Dissertation: “Thermosetting polymer-matrix composites for structural repair applications” (2007). Doctoral dissertation.
  • Wilson, Jeffrey, PhD, 2003-2006,
    Dissertation: “Characterization of a Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Repair System for Structurally Deficient Steel Piping” (2006), Doctoral dissertation. (University of Tulsa)

M.S. Students

  • Yang, Shengzhe (Frank), MS (S. Madbouly co-advisor), 2012-2014,
    Thesis: “Novel bio-based and biodegradable polymer blends” (2014). Master’s thesis. Paper 13713.
  • Hong Lu, MS, (S. Madbouly co-advisor), 2012-2014,
    Thesis: “Processing and characterization of bio-based composites” (2014). Master’s thesis. Paper 13726.
  • Liu, Kunwei, MS, (S. Madbouly co-advisor), 2012-2014,
    Thesis: “Novel plant oil-based thermoset and polymer composites” (2014). Master’s thesis.
  • Handoko, Harris, MS, (S. Madbouly co-advisor), 2012-2014,
    Thesis “Bio-based thermosetting copolymers of eugenol and tung oil” (2014). Master’s thesis. Paper 13757.
  • Ramasubramanian, Gauri, MS, 2011-2013,
    Thesis: “Influence of Lignin modification on PAN-Lignin copolymers as potential carbon fiber precursors” (2013). Master’s thesis. Paper 13438.
  • Bauer, Amy Elizabeth, MS (M. Akinc, co-advisor), 2011-2013,
    Thesis: “Injection repair of advanced aircraft composites with a high temperature cyanate ester resin” (2013). Master’s thesis. Paper 13041.
  • Hardis, Ricky, MS (F. Peters, co-advisor), 2011-2012,
    Thesis: “Cure kinetics characterization and monitoring of an epoxy resin for thick composite structures” (2012). Master’s thesis. Paper 12608.
  • Ding, Rui, MS, 2010-2012,
    Thesis: “ROMP-based thermosetting polymers from modified castor oil with various cross-linking agents” (2012). Master’s thesis. Paper 12934.
  • Chen, Keke, MS, 2010-2012,
    Thesis: “Bio-renewable fibers extracted from lignin/polylactide (PLA) blend” (2012). Master’s thesis. Paper 12295.
  • Wu, Hongchao, MS, 2010-2012,
    Thesis: “Physical and Thermal Properties of Zirconium Tungstate Nanoparticles with Different Morphologies from Hydrothermal Synthesis” (2012). Master’s thesis. Paper 12525.
  • Gottschalk, Diana, MS, 2010-2011,
    Thesis: “Use of polydicyclopentadiene as a matrix in composite structural capacitors” (2011). Master’s thesis. Paper 10260.
  • Lio, Wilber, MS (M. Akinc, co-advisor), 2008-2009,
    Thesis: “Evaluation of bisphenol E cyanate ester for the resin-injection repair of advanced composites” (2009). Master’s thesis. Paper 10933.
  • Lawler, Katherine Ann, MS (M. Akinc, co-advisor), 2007-2009,
    Thesis: “Viscosity of aqueous and cyanate ester suspensions containing alumina nanoparticles” (2009). Master’s thesis. Paper 10773.
  • Charles, Louis Henry, MS, 2005-2008,
    National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow
    Thesis: “Self-healing of impact-damaged composites” (2008). Master’s thesis. Paper 11450.
  • Goertzen, William, MS, 2003-2005,
    Thesis: “The Effect of Temperature and Time on Carbon/Epoxy Composite Pipe Overwrap Repair Systems” (2005), Master’s thesis. (Univ. of Tulsa)
  • Bernklau, Nate, MS, 2003-2005,
    Thesis: “Development of Resin Transfer Molding Techniques Using Catalyzed Reinforcement” (2005), Master’s thesis. (Univ. of Tulsa)
  • Vemuri, Shanti Kumar, MS, 2002-2005,
    Thesis: “Fracture Analysis of Width-Tapered Double Cantilever Beam Specimen Using Finite Element Analysis” (2005). Master’s thesis. (Univ. of Tulsa)
  • Larin, Gabriel, MS, 2004-2005,
    Topic: “Autonomic Healing of Damage in Polymer Matrix Composites” (2005). (Univ. of Tulsa)
  • Ahmed, Syed, MS, 2002-2004,
    Thesis: “Resin Transfer Molding with Dicyclopentadiene and Catalyzed Reinforcement” (2004). Master’s thesis. (Univ. of Tulsa)
  • Palakodeti, Roja, MS, 2002-2004,
    Thesis: “Characterization of Electroactive Polymer Actuators (Artificial Muscles)” (2004). Master’s thesis. (Univ. of Tulsa)
  • Duell, Joshua, MS, 2003-2004,
    Thesis: “Characterization and FEA of a Carbon Composite Overwrap Repair System” (2004). Master’s thesis. (Univ. of Tulsa)

Undergraduate Research Assistants

  • Zach Rueger,
  • Theresa Goeddel,
  • Kelsey Larson,
  • Ryan Hall, George Washington Carver Scholar, Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (2012-present).
  • Riley Hanus, Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program (Summer 2010, 2012), Undergraduate Research Assistant (URA) (2010-2012).
  • Shea Brown, Hua Shu, & Alexzondra Hurns – Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program for Interdisciplinary Research and Education and Emerging Interface Technologies (Summer 2012).
  • Ted Angus, NSF REU (Summer 2012).
  • Mitch Rock, URA (2009-2012).
  • Danielle Carda, URA (2011-2012).
  • Zachariah Rueger, NSF REU (2011), URA (2012).
  • Leo Salat, URA (2011-2012).
  • Kelsey Larson, Iowa State Program for Women in Science and Engineering (PWSE) Intern (Summer 2010), URA (2010-2012).
  • Teresa Goeddel, URA (2010-2012).
  • Thilina Weerasekera, URA (Spring 2010).
  • Mark Rogalski, NSF REU Research Assistant (Summer 2010), SULI program (Summer 2011), URA (2009-2012).
  • Kelly Brianna Dowdy, NSF REU Research Assistant (Summer 2009).
  • Jonathan Henson, NSF REU Research Assistant (Summer 2009).
  • Emily Hoffman, PWSE Intern (Summer 2009).
  • Joshua Leonard, Iowa Space Grant Consortium URA (2008-Present).
  • Brian A. Richard, Iowa Space Grant Consortium URA (2008-2010).
  • Elease McLaurin, PWSE Intern (summer 2008) and Petroleum Research Fund “Supplement for Underrepresented Minority Research (SUMR) (summer 2008).
  • Cory Sents, URA (2007-2009) and NSF REU (summer 2008).
  • Dan Putnam, URA (2006-2008).
  • Ben Mac Murray, Freshman Honors Research Program (2006), URA (2006-2009).
  • Wilber Lio, URA, 2007.
  • Brian Banker, Iowa Space Grant Consortium URA (2007).
  • Karen Haman, PWSE Intern (summer 2007); SULI Intern (SULI) (summer 2008).
  • Serap Aksu (with M. Akinc), (visiting student, Sabanci University, Turkey), (summer 2007).
  • Nicholas Martinez, URA (summer 2007).
  • Rick Rainy, AerE Senior Research Project (AerE 492) URA (2007).
  • Charlotte Mok, PWSE Intern (summer 2006).
  • Nathan Marzen, URA (2006-2007).