Nanostructured Materials; Fiber Technology, Materials Processing, Composites
Nanostructured materials are those materials that have some critical dimension on the order of 100 nanometers or less. In some cases this is crystallite size, in other cases it is particle size. Our current work focuses on the use of mechano- and sonochemistry to form functionalized silicon nanoparticles with interesting optical and electronic properties. Through manipulation of the particle size, surface functionality, and defect structures, the optoelectronic properties of these nanoparticles can be controlled and tuned.
Right: Nafion membrane produced from solid state processing of polymer pellets.
B.S., University of Illinois, 1986
M.S., University of Wisconsin, 1987
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1991
Brian graduated with High Distinction with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1986, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the U. of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987 and 1991, respectively. Nanostructured materials and materials processing are Brian’s primary research areas of interest. In particular, his research focuses on functionalize nanoparticles and structure-property relationships in novel hybrid nanocomposites. His professional activities have included Chair and Newsletter co-editor for the AIChE Materials Engineering and Science Division (MESD); Chair of the AIChE New Orleans Local Section; and Chair of the AIChE 2004 Spring National Meeting General Arrangements Committee. Material and Energy Balances, Materials Science and Polymer Engineering and Science are some of the courses he teaches. His research experiences include an NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University Karlsruhe, a German Academic Exchange Fellowship at the University of Freiberg/Sachsen and the German Federal Materials Laboratory, and Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowships at the German Aerospace Agency in Cologne, and the Institute for Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam. He has also served as an industrial consultant to ExxonMobil, Laitrum, and LLB. In addition to over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings and patents, he is the author of the textbook “Materials Engineering and Science for Chemical and Materials Engineers." Brian has given numerous national and international presentations, including over thirty presentations to Louisiana elementary school children though the state’s “Speaking of Science” program.
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