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Major Faculty Members for the Institute for Materials Research & Innovation

William Chirdon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
Areas of Research Interest in the Field of Advanced Materials and Manufacturing: Polymers and Polymer Composites:
  • Sustainable composites made from bioprocessing and agricultural wastes
  • Heat transfer
  • Polymers
  • Thermal analysis of polymers
  • Novel polymers for enhanced oil recovery
  • Structure/property relationships in polymers
  • Part and flow rate detection from image analysis
Dilip Depan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
Areas of Research Interest in the Field of Advanced Materials and Manufacturing: Polymers, Semi-Conducting Polymers, and NanoMaterials:
  • Processing-structure-property relationship in hybrid materials, semi-conducting polymers, neural interfaces for neural tissue engineering, and functional response of osteoblasts on biomaterials.
  • Tissue engineering scaffolds of natural and synthetic bio-polymers. Controlled drug delivery systems based on functionalized hybrids.
  • Synthesis and functionalization of gold, silver, and magnetic nanoparticles.
  • Metal nanoparticles (Titanium) and Titanium based alloys for antibacterial and bone tissue engineering applications, respectively.
William Emblom, Ph.D.
Instructor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Areas of Research Interest in the Field of Advanced Materials and Manufacturing: Metal Forming, Friction Stir Welding, and Material characterization:

Stamp forming and forming light weight metals (Aluminum) for automotive components.

  • Adaptive Forming Processes using Intelligent Die Systems
  • Near micro and microscale sheet and tube hydroforming
  • Microscale strain measurement systems (grid measurement – currently 127 microns)
  • Material characterization
  • Friction stir welding aluminum and magnesium.
  • 2-d Digital Image Correlation
  Daniel Gang, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
Areas of Research Interest in the Field of Advanced Materials and Manufacturing: Novel Functional Materials for Environmental Applications:
Ordered Mesoporous Carbon series:
  • Development and Evaluation of Nano-Scaled Mesoporous Sorbents for Space Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS)
  • Nano-Scale Mesoporous Sorbents (NSMS) Development for Space Lightweight Contingency Water Recovery Systems (LWC-WRS)
  • Novel Sorbent Development for Space Missions and International Space Stations Water Recovery Systems
Functional Material series:
  • Functionalized Ordered Nano-porous Carbons (FONCs) Development for Mercury Reduction from Coal Power Plant Emission
  • GAC-Based Iron-Containing Adsorbents Development for Selenium (Se) Removal from Coal Mine Wastewater
  • Reactive Polymer Coated Absorbents for Chromium (Cr) and Arsenic (As) Removal and Recovery from Toxic Waste Stream
  • Iron Based Chitosan Adsorbent Development for Arsenic (As) Removal form Acid Mine Drainage (AMD)
  • Modified Poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PVP) Coated Silica Gel Adsorbent Development for Chromium (VI) Removal from Aqueous Solution
  • Functional Open Graded Friction Courses (FOGFC) materials for in situ highway runoff treatment
Novel Hydrophobic Silica Adsorbent Development for in Situ Burning of Oil Spills from Sea Water
  Ahmed Khattab, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Industrial Technology
Areas of Research Interest in the Field of Advanced Materials and Manufacturing: Polymer Composite Materials, Nanocomposites, and Materials Processing and Characterization:
  • Nanocomposites and Advanced Composite Materials Manufacturing and Process Development
  • Processing- microstructure-property relations in composite materials
  • Materials Testing and Characterization
  • Design and Manufacturing, CAD/CAM
Mohammad Khattak, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
Areas of Research Interest in the Field of Advanced Materials and Manufacturing: Materials Testing and Characterization, Transportation Materials, Pavement Design and Evaluations, and Numerical and statistical modeling:
Infrastructure and Transportation Materials Design, Testing and Evaluation
  • Conventional Asphalt concrete, Polymer modified asphalt concrete, Open graded friction courses, Stone matrix asphalts, etc
  • Ordinary Concrete Mixtures, Fiber reinforced concrete mixtures
  • Sustainable construction materials- Such as Geopolymer Concretes, Recycled Asphalt concrete, Recycled portland cement concrete
  • Soil stabilization (Cement. Lime, Asphalt, Industrial waste)
  • Soil physical and mechanistic materials characteristic
Pavement Design (Rigid and Flexible)
  • Empirical mechanistic design
  • Mechanistic empirical design
Pavement Management Systems design and Evaluation
  • Pavement treatment selection models
  • Pavement and pavement treatment performance models
  • Life cycle cost analysis (LCCA)
Nondestructive Pavement Structural Evaluations
  • Falling weight deflectometer testing
  • In situ pavement layer material properties
Numerical and statistical modeling
  • Micromechnaical Discrete Element modeling
  • Finite Element Modeling
  • Linear and Nonlinear Statistical Modeling
  • Mechanistic Material Modeling
  Mohammad Madani, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Areas of Research Interest in the Field of Advanced Materials and Manufacturing: Materials for Electronics Applications.
Carl McIntyre, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
Areas of Research Interest in the Field of Advanced Materials and Manufacturing: Nanofluid Rheology, Suspension Rheology, Electrorheology, Magnetorheology, Polymer Rheology, Dielectric Properties of Nanomaterials:
  • Processing of solutions and liquids containing nanoparticles
  • Processing of polymer and plastic melts
  • Processing of mixtures using high electric and magnetic fields
  • Optimization of flow properties of material
  Mehdi Mokhtari, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Petroleum Engineering
Areas of Research Interest in the Field of Geomechanics, Hydraulic Fracturing, Mechanical and Acoustical Characterization of Rocks, Rock Fracture Characterization, Roughness, Nano Coating,:
  • Mechanical properties of anisotropic shale formations: Tensile, shear, and acoustical properties
  • Complex fracture mechanics
  • Characterization of heterogeneity and anisotropy
  • Nano coating
  • Fracture surface characterization
  • Petrophysics of shale formations (resistivity, pore scale studies, organic content, saturation, permeability, porosity)
  Thomas Pesacreta, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Areas of Research Interest in the Field of Advanced Materials and Manufacturing: Materials Characterization, Atomic Force Microscopy, and Scanning Electron Microscopy.
  Gabriela Petculescu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Physics
Areas of Research Interest in the Field of Advanced Materials and Manufacturing: Nondestructive Tests, Elastic and Magnetic Properties of Solids:
  • Ultrasonic techniques to extract information about the lattice dynamics and the physical properties of solids
  • Resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS) and pulse-echo, with expansions into surface/Lamb waves and nonlinear ultrasonics.
  • Developing ultrasonic sensors for structural-health-monitoring of composite structures
  • Measurements in vacuum and at low-temperature (above 2.1 K).
  Jonathan Raush, P.E.
Senior Research Scientist
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Areas of Research Interest in the Field of Advanced Materials and Manufacturing: Multi-scale Modeling and Simulation, High Performance Metals and Alloys, Materials Testing and Characterization, Additive Manufacturing:
  • Integrated Computational Materials Engineering including ab initio and classical molecular dynamics, finite element modeling, calculation of phase diagram analysis
  • Additive manufacturing of metal alloys
  • High temperature, high pressure materials
  • Liquid metals
  • High entropy alloys
  • Testing and characterization including elastic properties, thermogravimetric analysis, electrostatic levitation, spectroscopy, electron and optical microscopy
  • Failure analysis
  Abdennour Seibi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Petroleum Engineering
Areas of Research Interest are in the Field of Applied Mechanics and Advanced Materials.
  • Experimental/stress analysis of metallic and composite materials
  • Applied finite element modeling
  • Materials Testing and Characterization
  • Advanced materials processing, design, and characterization
  • Metal forming
  • Downhole tubular expansion
  • Drilling automation
  • Drilling fluids
  • Fracture mechanics and fatigue
  • Casing cementing
  • Flexible pavement design
  • Structural Integrity of wellbore and surface facilities
  Jovan Tatar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
Areas of Interest in the High Performance Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Externally bonded Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composites in concrete structures
  • Multiscale material characterization
  • Interfacial fracture mechanics
  • Large scale testing of reinforced and prestressed concrete structural members
  • Durability of infrastructure
  • Structural concrete codes and specifications
  Charles Taylor, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Areas of Research Interest in the Field of Advanced Materials and Manufacturing: Biomaterials, Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing for Prosthesis:
  • Bio-compatibility of heart valve leaflet materials
  • Spatial material property control in biomaterials to better approximate in vivo tissue mechanics
  • Additive manufacturing applications to patient specific modeling and device design
  • Investigation of advanced manufacturing methods for rapid prosthesis development
Wu Xu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
Areas of Research Interest in the Field of Function and 3-D Structure of Biomolecules:
  • Functional Study of Biomolecules
  • Synthesis of Biomolecules by Enzymatic Reactions
  • Purification of Biomolecules
  • Characterization of Biomolecules by Spectroscopy
  • 3-D Structure Analysis of Biomolecules
  Pengfei Zhang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Industrial Technology
Areas of Research Interest in the of Advanced Materials and Manufacturing: smart materials and the processing:
  • Shape memory polymers
  • Self-healing polymer composites
  • Multi-functional materials
  • Non-destructive testing
  • 3D printing technology
Qian Zhang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
Areas of Interest in the High Performance Infrastructure Materials
  • High performance fiber reinforced cementitious composites
  • Multifunctional materials
  • Self-healing of cementitious composites
  • Multiscale material characterization and modeling
  • Durability of concrete material
  • Fire safety of structures
Xiao-Dong Zhou, Ph.D.
The Stuller Endowed Chair
Director of the Institute for Materials Research and Innovation
Professor
B.S., Chemical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, 1994
M.S., Chemical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, 1997
Ph.D. Ceramic Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla, 2001
Website: www.zhoulab.com
Email: zhou@louisiana.edu
Office: 337-482-5910
Madison Hall, Room 218-E