Advanced Composites

Polymers are powerful on their own, and adding other elements creates a who new suite of innovative materials. Our researchers are developing new polymer combinations and adding nanoparticles to the mix to create composites that are greater than the sum of their parts—using carbon nanotubes to develop lightweight but strong materials for state-of-the-art vehicles and smarter manufacturing, creating advanced coatings that can respond to light and ambient temperature, and incorporating biomaterials into wind turbine blades and solar panels.

Institutes, centers and labs related to Advanced Composites

Nano Tech

Advincula Research Group

Develops ultrathin or superhydrophobic film coatings, packaging films using nanocomposites and other needs of the oil and gas industry.

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Hore Research Group

Uses theory, simulation and experimentation to study physical phenomena in polymeric systems

Faculty who conduct research in Advanced Composites

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Rigoberto Advincula

Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Explores polymer material nanostructure to discover new phenomena and functionality

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Liming Dai

Kent Hale Smith Professor of Engineering
Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Develops and functionalizes polymeric and carbon nanomaterials for energy applications

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Mike Hore

Assistant Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Combines experiments, theory and simulation to study fundamental problems in the polymer physics of grafted and non-linear polymers

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Hatsuo Ishida

Distinguished Research Professor
Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Develops advanced benzoxazine resins, thermosetting resins based on natural renewable materials and green flame retarding systems

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Ica Manas-Zloczower

Distinguished University Professor
Thomas W. and Nancy P. Seitz Professor of Advanced Materials and Energy
Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Engineering new materials and technologies for industrial applications

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David Schiraldi

Department Chair, Macromolecular Science and Engineering
Peter A. Asseff, PhD, Professor of Organic Chemistry
Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Develops bio-based, flame-retarded plastics, polymer aerogels and packaging materials; and studies properties of polyesters