Research Groups

Composite Materials Lab showing sample loading.

Composite Materials Laboratory

The Composite Materials Laboratory conducts research on improving mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties of composites through the use of innovative processing techniques and nano-scale reinforcement. The lab is closely involved with the Institute for Ultra-Strong Composites (US-COMP), which is a NASA Space Technology Research Institute focused on developing novel ultra-strong and lightweight structural materials for use in deep space exploration.

The lab involves researchers in chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, and mechanical engineering.

Contact: Gregory M. Odegard or Paul G. Sanders

Surface Innovations

Surface Innovations

Bioabsorbable Stents

We search for new biodegradable alloys that could revolutionize cardiovascular stent industry.

Antibacterial Materials Antibacterial Materials

We invented new inexpensive antibacterial material and explore its potential applications in water filtration, food packaging, and many others.

RHX Ceramic Dating RHX Ceramic Dating

We study the rates of rehydration and rehydroxylation processes for fired clay-based ceramics as a tool for dating ceramic archeological artifacts.

Smart Surfaces Smart Surfaces

We architecture nanostructures, nanotubes, and molecular layers to control wetting or other properties of surfaces.

Mineral and Materials Processing Mineral and Materials Processing

We have a long tradition of development and testing physical separation technologies for selective recovery of minerals from ores, plastics from waste, and cellulose fibers from wastepaper.

Contact: Jaroslaw W. Drelich

Yun Hang Hu research showing blocky microstructure.

Yun Hang Hu Research Group

Research programs in Prof. Hu's laboratory are centered on using chemical and physical approaches towards the synthesis and the characterization of advanced materials for energy applications, including:

  • Superstructured solid fuel cells
  • Novel electrodes for supercapacitors
  • Utilization of dead leaves toward sustainable development
  • Thermo-photo catalysis and photocatalysis
  • Graphene for solar cells
  • Advanced materials for memristors
  • Synthesis of novel solid materials and liquid fuels from CO2
  • Hydrogen storage materials
  • Heterogeneous catalysis

Contact: Yun Hang Hu