Research Project Titles sorted by Category

Below is a summary of titles for research project abstracts provided by individual faculty. The research project titles are organized by category, and links are provided to the faculty who are actively researching the area.

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    Research CategoryProject Titles
    Advanced Ceramic Materials
    Projects involving advanced ceramics and their synthesis, processing and mechanical properties.

    Associated Faculty
      Eldon D. Case
      Richard R. Lunt
      Jason Nicholas

    • Molecular and Organic Electronics
    • Microcracking in Bioceramics
    • Mechano-Chemical Coupling in Energy-Related Materials
    • Curvature Relaxation Surface Exchange Measurements
    Advanced Metallic Systems
    Alloy development and process design for improved properties

    Associated Faculty
      Thomas R. Bieler
      Carl Boehlert
      Martin A. Crimp
      David S. Grummon
      Andre Y. Lee
      Robert Y. Ofoli
      K.N. Subramanian

    • Rational design and assessment of catalytic nanoparticles
    • Characterization of damage nucleation in Ti Alloys
    • High Temperature Shape Memory Alloy Development for Use above 500 C.
    • Imaging of Dislocations in Bulk SEM Samples
    • Elevated-Temp Grain Boundary Deformation Processes of Structural Alloys: Grain Boundary Engineering
    • Lead-Free Electronic Solders for Severe Service Conditions
    • Physical-Mechanical Metallurgy of pure Niobium for Superconducting Radio Frequency Cavities
    • Microstructural Evolution from Ageing, Creep and Thermomechanical Fatigue in Lead Free Solder Joints
    • Deformation Transfer and/or Fracture Initiation in Commercial Purity Ti
    • Damage nucleation in pure Ta
    • Thin Film Shape Memory Alloys on Polymeric Substrates for Microactuators
    • Development of Nanostructured Lead-free Solder
    • Radiation Effects on the Structure and Electronic Properties of Carbon Nanotubes
    • Growth and Characterization of Rare-Earth Silicide Nanowires and Nanostructures
    • Nitinol Brazing
    • Functional Superelastic Interlayers for Control of Friction and Wear in Hard-Coated Components
    • Development of In-Situ Electron-Microscopy Techniques
    • The Effect of Boron the Creep and Fatigue Behavior of Ti-6Al-4V(wt.%)
    • Understanding the Microstructural Evolution and Deformation Behavior in Mg-Mn-RE Alloys
    • Characterization and Modeling of Deformation Induced Damage in Ti Alloys
    Biobased Industrial Products
    Projects leading to products made from renewable resources.

    Associated Faculty
      Kris Arvid Berglund
      Bruce E. Dale
      David Hodge
      Carl T. Lira
      Dennis J Miller
      Robert Y. Ofoli
      Tim A. Whitehead

    • Life Cycle Models of Biobased Product Systems
    • Utilization of Renewable Resources
    • Property Measurement and Prediction for Bio-derived Chemicals
    • Hydrogenolysis of Carbohydrate Feedstocks
    • Aqueous Phase Hydrogenation of Organic Acids
    • Advanced Biofuel Blends as Petroleum Diesel Replacements
    • Reactive Separations
    • Distilled Beverage Technology for Value Added Agricultural Products
    • Fractionation of Lignocellulosic Biomass Utilizing Alkaline Pretreatments
    • Catalytic transformation of biorenewables to petrochemicals
    • Beverage technology
    • Alkaline and Oxidative Pretreatments of Lignocellulose
    • Design and Engineering of Protein Function
    Biomaterials
    Development of materials to function in living systems

    Associated Faculty
      Carl Boehlert
      Scott Calabrese Barton
      Eldon D. Case
      Christina Chan
      Lawrence T. Drzal
      David Hodge
      Ilsoon Lee
      Robert Y. Ofoli

    • 'Green’ Biobased Sustainable Polymer and NanoComposite Materials
    • Alkaline and Oxidative Pretreatments of Lignocellulose
    • Microcracking in Bioceramics
    • Engineering Surfaces and Interfaces
    • Tissue Engineering
    • Delivery System
    • Opto-electrochemical characterization of bilayer-embedded biomacromolecules in TIR geometry
    • Biomedical Compatibility of Ti-Al-Nb Alloys for Implant Applications
    • Self-assembled, Nanostructured Biomimetic Interfaces
    • Bio-Carbon Nanomaterials
    • Transport and Stability in Biocatalytic Fuel Cells
    • Photosynthesis on a chip: microscale energy production
    Biomedical Engineering
    Addressing medical problems by application of engineering principles.

    Associated Faculty
      Christina Chan
      S. Patrick Walton
      Tim A. Whitehead

    • Tissue Engineering
    • Systems Biology
    • Metabolic Engineering and Flux Analysis
    • in vitro Interactions of RNAs with Recombinant Human Dicer
    • Molecular Barcode-Labeled Aptamers for Parallel Protein Measurements
    • Quantitative, Genomics-Based Measurement of Transcription Factor Levels
    • Delivery of siRNAs by Polymeric Nanoparticles
    • Design and Engineering of Protein Function
    • Delivery System
    • Biophysical Interactions
    Biomolecular Engineering
    Manipulation of the physical and chemical characteristics of biomolecules for improved performance

    Associated Faculty
      Christina Chan
      S. Patrick Walton
      Tim A. Whitehead

    • Systems Biology
    • in vitro Interactions of RNAs with Recombinant Human Dicer
    • Molecular Barcode-Labeled Aptamers for Parallel Protein Measurements
    • Quantitative, Genomics-Based Measurement of Transcription Factor Levels
    • Delivery of siRNAs by Polymeric Nanoparticles
    • Design and Engineering of Protein Function
    • Delivery System
    Biotechnology
    Projects combining biology and microbiology with engineering.

    Associated Faculty
      Carl Boehlert
      Christina Chan
      Bruce E. Dale
      Martin C Hawley
      Ilsoon Lee
      Ramani Narayan
      Robert Y. Ofoli
      S. Patrick Walton
      Tim A. Whitehead
      R Mark Worden

    • Life Cycle Models of Biobased Product Systems
    • Utilization of Renewable Resources
    • Conversion of Biomass into Fuel and Chemicals
    • Biodegradation and Composting Studies
    • Biobased and Recyclable Composite Materials
    • Metabolic Engineering
    • Multiphase Biocatalysis
    • Metabolic Engineering and Flux Analysis
    • Engineering Surfaces and Interfaces
    • Protein Expression
    • Catalytic transformation of biorenewables to petrochemicals
    • Opto-electrochemical characterization of bilayer-embedded biomacromolecules in TIR geometry
    • Rational design and assessment of catalytic nanoparticles
    • Biomedical Compatibility of Ti-Al-Nb Alloys for Implant Applications
    • Self-assembled, Nanostructured Biomimetic Interfaces
    • Bio-Carbon Nanomaterials
    • Wrinkle-free Nanomechanical Films
    • in vitro Interactions of RNAs with Recombinant Human Dicer
    • Molecular Barcode-Labeled Aptamers for Parallel Protein Measurements
    • Quantitative, Genomics-Based Measurement of Transcription Factor Levels
    • Delivery of siRNAs by Polymeric Nanoparticles
    • Design and Engineering of Protein Function
    • Photosynthesis on a chip: microscale energy production
    • Systems Biology
    Colloid and Interface Science
    Projects studying large charged molecules and/or molecules at interfaces between phases.

    Associated Faculty
      Ilsoon Lee
      Robert Y. Ofoli

    • Novel Fabrication of Nanostructured Particles with an Arbitrary Shape
    • Rational design and assessment of catalytic nanoparticles
    • Engineering Surfaces and Interfaces
    • Catalytic transformation of biorenewables to petrochemicals
    • Opto-electrochemical characterization of bilayer-embedded biomacromolecules in TIR geometry
    • Self-assembled, Nanostructured Biomimetic Interfaces
    • Bio-Carbon Nanomaterials
    • Nanomixing or Nanodispersion of Nanomaterials
    • Wrinkle-free Nanomechanical Films
    Electronic Materials
    Materials and processing for enabling microelectronic, optical, and electromechanical systems

    Associated Faculty
      Thomas R. Bieler
      Martin A. Crimp
      Tim Hogan
      Andre Y. Lee
      Ilsoon Lee
      Richard R. Lunt
      Donald Morelli
      K.N. Subramanian

    • Microstructural Evolution from Ageing, Creep and Thermomechanical Fatigue in Lead Free Solder Joints
    • Nanostructured Bulk Thermoelectric Materials and Devices
    • Lead-Free Electronic Solders for Severe Service Conditions
    • Engineering Surfaces and Interfaces
    • Development of Nanostructured Lead-free Solder
    • Radiation Effects on the Structure and Electronic Properties of Carbon Nanotubes
    • Growth and Characterization of Rare-Earth Silicide Nanowires and Nanostructures
    • Molecular and Organic Electronics
    • New Materials for Thermoelectric Energy Conversion
    Energy Production
    Projects concerning production and utilization of energy.

    Associated Faculty
      Scott Calabrese Barton
      Eldon D. Case
      Bruce E. Dale
      Lawrence T. Drzal
      David Hodge
      Tim Hogan
      Carl T. Lira
      Richard R. Lunt
      Jason Nicholas
      Robert Y. Ofoli
      Yue Qi

    • Utilization of Renewable Resources
    • Property Measurement and Prediction for Bio-derived Chemicals
    • Life Cycle Models of Biobased Product Systems
    • Processing and Characterization of Thermoelectric Materials
    • Alkaline and Oxidative Pretreatments of Lignocellulose
    • Nanostructured Bulk Thermoelectric Materials and Devices
    • Molecular and Organic Electronics
    • Fractionation of Lignocellulosic Biomass Utilizing Alkaline Pretreatments
    • Mixed-feed Direct Methanol Fuel Cells
    • Nanomaterials (Graphene Nano-Platelets) as Multifunctional Materials for Energy and Polymers
    • Photosynthesis on a chip: microscale energy production
    • Mechano-Chemical Coupling in Energy-Related Materials
    • Curvature Relaxation Surface Exchange Measurements
    • Predict the electron and ion transport in complex materials and interphases
    • Predict the chemical-mechanical degradation in Li-ion batteries
    Environmental Research
    Projects studying the environmental impact of processes, and/or remediation.

    Associated Faculty
      Bruce E. Dale
      Richard R. Lunt

    • Life Cycle Models of Biobased Product Systems
    • Molecular and Organic Electronics
    Metabolic Engineering
    The study of intracellular pathways in areas of biomedical and biotechnology.

    Associated Faculty
      Christina Chan
      Tim A. Whitehead

    • Metabolic Engineering and Flux Analysis
    • Systems Biology
    • Design and Engineering of Protein Function
    Nanomaterials
    Improving material properties by manipulating atomic structure at the nanometer scale

    Associated Faculty
      Scott Calabrese Barton
      Christina Chan
      Lawrence T. Drzal
      Martin C Hawley
      Krishnamurthy Jayaraman
      Andre Y. Lee
      Ilsoon Lee
      Richard R. Lunt
      Jason Nicholas
      Robert Y. Ofoli
      Yue Qi

    • Nanomaterials (Graphene Nano-Platelets) as Multifunctional Materials for Energy and Polymers
    • Carbon Nanotube Synthesis with Microwave Plasma Chemical Vapor Deposition
    • Polymer Nanocomposites and Nanocomposite Foams
    • Catalytic transformation of biorenewables to petrochemicals
    • Delivery System
    • Development of Nanostructured Lead-free Solder
    • Engineering Surfaces and Interfaces
    • Tissue Engineering
    • Opto-electrochemical characterization of bilayer-embedded biomacromolecules in TIR geometry
    • Molecular and Organic Electronics
    • Self-assembled, Nanostructured Biomimetic Interfaces
    • Bio-Carbon Nanomaterials
    • Transport and Stability in Biocatalytic Fuel Cells
    • Mixed-feed Direct Methanol Fuel Cells
    • Novel Fabrication of Nanostructured Particles with an Arbitrary Shape
    • Nanomixing or Nanodispersion of Nanomaterials
    • Migration of Nanomaterials from Polymer Nanocomposite Systems
    • Wrinkle-free Nanomechanical Films
    • Rational design and assessment of catalytic nanoparticles
    • Photosynthesis on a chip: microscale energy production
    • Mechano-Chemical Coupling in Energy-Related Materials
    • Curvature Relaxation Surface Exchange Measurements
    • The impact of environment on forming and machining light-weight materials
    Polymer Composites
    Projects studying polymers strengthened by fibers or other materials

    Associated Faculty
      Lawrence T. Drzal
      Martin C Hawley
      Krishnamurthy Jayaraman
      Andre Y. Lee
      Ilsoon Lee
      K.N. Subramanian

    • Electromagnetic Processing of Polymers and Composites
    • Nanomaterials (Graphene Nano-Platelets) as Multifunctional Materials for Energy and Polymers
    • Polymer Nanocomposites and Nanocomposite Foams
    • 'Green’ Biobased Sustainable Polymer and NanoComposite Materials
    • Polymer Composites with Low CTE Particulate Fillers
    • Engineering Surfaces and Interfaces
    • Durability Characterization of POSS-based Polyimides and Carbon-Fiber Composites
    • Self-assembled, Nanostructured Biomimetic Interfaces
    • Bio-Carbon Nanomaterials
    • Expanded and Oriented Particulate Polymer Composites
    • Wrinkle-free Nanomechanical Films
    Polymer Science and Engineering
    Projects involving properties and/or processing of polymeric materials.

    Associated Faculty
      Lawrence T. Drzal
      Krishnamurthy Jayaraman
      Andre Y. Lee
      Ilsoon Lee
      Ramani Narayan

    • Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Polymers
    • Engineering and Design of Natural-Synthetic Polymer Composite Systems
    • Reactive Extrusion Processing
    • Extrusion and extensional flow of thermoplastic elastomers
    • Molecular Dynamics in Polymeric Glass Transition
    • Nanomaterials (Graphene Nano-Platelets) as Multifunctional Materials for Energy and Polymers
    • Structure-Property Relationships of Polymer Nanocomposites
    • Engineering Surfaces and Interfaces
    • Self-assembled, Nanostructured Biomimetic Interfaces
    • Bio-Carbon Nanomaterials
    • Novel Fabrication of Nanostructured Particles with an Arbitrary Shape
    • Nanomixing or Nanodispersion of Nanomaterials
    • Expanded and Oriented Particulate Polymer Composites
    • Wrinkle-free Nanomechanical Films
    Rheology and Multiphase Flow
    Projects for understanding the behavior of fluid flow fields.

    Associated Faculty
      Scott Calabrese Barton
      Krishnamurthy Jayaraman
      Ilsoon Lee
      Charles A Petty

    • Novel Fabrication of Nanostructured Particles with an Arbitrary Shape
    • Relaxation Models for Turbulent Mass Transfer Near Free and Rigid Interfaces
    • Drag Reduction by High Molecular Weight Polymers
    • Extrusion and extensional flow of thermoplastic elastomers
    • Polymer Nanocomposites and Nanocomposite Foams
    • Mixed-feed Direct Methanol Fuel Cells
    • Nanomixing or Nanodispersion of Nanomaterials
    Separation Science
    Projects focusing on separation/purification technologies.

    Associated Faculty
      Kris Arvid Berglund
      David Hodge
      Carl T. Lira
      Dennis J Miller
      Charles A Petty

    • Crystallization of foods and pharmaceuticals
    • Effects of Polymer Additives on Hydrocyclone Performance
    • Fractionation of Lignocellulosic Biomass Utilizing Alkaline Pretreatments
    • Reactive Separations
    Structural Materials
    Metals, ceramics, and polymers for optimized mechanical performance

    Associated Faculty
      Thomas R. Bieler
      Carl Boehlert
      Martin A. Crimp
      Krishnamurthy Jayaraman
      Ilsoon Lee

    • Deformation Transfer and/or Fracture Initiation in Commercial Purity Ti
    • Elevated-Temp Grain Boundary Deformation Processes of Structural Alloys: Grain Boundary Engineering
    • Imaging of Dislocations in Bulk SEM Samples
    • Microstructural Evolution from Ageing, Creep and Thermomechanical Fatigue in Lead Free Solder Joints
    • Engineering Surfaces and Interfaces
    • Understanding Processing-Microstructure-Property Relationships of Structural Magnesium Alloys
    • Self-assembled, Nanostructured Biomimetic Interfaces
    • Bio-Carbon Nanomaterials
    • Novel Fabrication of Nanostructured Particles with an Arbitrary Shape
    • Development of In-Situ Electron-Microscopy Techniques
    • The Effect of Boron the Creep and Fatigue Behavior of Ti-6Al-4V(wt.%)
    • Expanded and Oriented Particulate Polymer Composites
    • Wrinkle-free Nanomechanical Films
    • Characterization and Modeling of Deformation Induced Damage in Ti Alloys
    Sustainable Economy
    Projects aimed at life-cycle analysis and products/processes using renewable resources.

    Associated Faculty
      Scott Calabrese Barton
      Bruce E. Dale
      David Hodge
      Carl T. Lira
      Richard R. Lunt
      Dennis J Miller
      Jason Nicholas
      Robert Y. Ofoli
      Tim A. Whitehead

    • Life Cycle Models of Biobased Product Systems
    • Utilization of Renewable Resources
    • Molecular and Organic Electronics
    • Property Measurement and Prediction for Bio-derived Chemicals
    • Hydrogenolysis of Carbohydrate Feedstocks
    • Aqueous Phase Hydrogenation of Organic Acids
    • Reactive Separations
    • Fractionation of Lignocellulosic Biomass Utilizing Alkaline Pretreatments
    • Catalytic transformation of biorenewables to petrochemicals
    • Rational design and assessment of catalytic nanoparticles
    • Transport and Stability in Biocatalytic Fuel Cells
    • Mixed-feed Direct Methanol Fuel Cells
    • Alkaline and Oxidative Pretreatments of Lignocellulose
    • Design and Engineering of Protein Function
    • Photosynthesis on a chip: microscale energy production
    • Mechano-Chemical Coupling in Energy-Related Materials
    • Curvature Relaxation Surface Exchange Measurements