Prabhakar Singh

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UTC Endowed Chair Professor
Ph.D., University of Sheffield (1978), England

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Center for Clean Energy Engineering
44 Weaver Rd. Storrs CT 06269
Phone: (860) 486-8379
Email: singh@engr.uconn.edu  

 

 

 


Current Research

  • High temperature energy conversion including SOFC and oxy-combustion
  • High temperature electrochemistry- fuel cells, electrolysis and gas separation membranes
  • Functional materials – perovskites, fluorites, ionic and electronic conducting ceramics
  • Oxidation of metals and alloys in complex environment, protective coatings
  • Advanced energy systems and efficient utilization of abundant natural gas
  • Molten salt systems – fuel cells, batteries and carbon capture
  • Hydrogen production and high temperature electrolysis
  • High temperature Fe, Ni and Co based alloys and surface protection under aggressive environment; Metal-hydrogen interaction
  • Carbon capture and utilization

 


Awards & Honors

2012 Member, Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering
2009 United Technologies Endowed Chair Professor
2009 Member, Washington Academy of Science
2008 Fellow National Association of Corrosion Engineers
2008 Scientific and Technical Achievement award – PNNL
2006 Outstanding Performance Award – PNNL
2005 Chairman, Energy Committee, ASM International
2003 Fellow, American Ceramic Society
1998 Fellow, American Society for Metals

Recent Publications

M.R. Anisur, Ashish Aphale, Michael Reisert, Pawan Kumar Dubey, Su Jeong Heo, Junsung Hong, Kailash Patil, Hui Xu, Chao-Yi Yuh, Prabhakar Singh ”Stability of ceramic matrix materials in molten hydroxide under oxidizing and reducing conditions” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2020

M Reisert, V Berova, A Aphale, P Singh, MC Tucker “Oxidation of porous stainless steel supports for metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2020.

J Hong, SJ Heo, P Singh “Combined Cr and S poisoning behaviors of La1−xSrxMnO3±δ and La1−xSrxCo1−yFeyO3−δ cathodes in solid oxide fuel cells” Applied Surface Science Volume 530, 15 November 2020, 147253 2020

MF Serincan, U Pasaogullari, P Singh “Controlling reformation rate for a more uniform temperature distribution in an internal methane steam reforming solid oxide fuel cell” Journal of Power Sources 468, 2283 2020

Hanping Ding, Wei Wu, Chao Jinag, Yong Ding, Wenjuan Bian, Boxun Hu, Prabhakar Singh, Christopher J Orme, Lucun Wang, Yunya Zhang, Dong Ding Ding“Self-sustainable protonic ceramic electrochemical cells using a triple conducting electrode for hydrogen and power production” Nature Communications 11 (doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-15677-z), 19078 2020

A Aphale, J Hong, B Hu, P Singh “Development and Validation of Chromium Getters for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Power Systems” JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments), e59623 3 2019

J Hong, Y Ko, KY Cho, DG Shin, P Singh, DH Riu “In situ generation of graphene network in silicon carbide fibers: Role of iodine and carbon monoxide” Carbon 158, 110-1202020

J Hong, SJ Heo, AN Aphale, B Hu, P Singh “ H2O Absorption Assisted Sr-Segregation in Strontium Nickel Oxide Based Chromium Getter and Encapsulation with SrCO3” Journal of the Electrochemical Society 166 (2), F59         4          2019

J Hong, A Aphale, SJ Heo, B Hu, M Reisert, S Belko, P Singh “Strontium Manganese Oxide Getter for Capturing Airborne Cr and S Contaminants in High-Temperature Electrochemical Systems” ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces            3          2019

SJ Heo, J Hong, A Aphale, B Hu, P Singh “ Chromium Poisoning of La1-xSrxMnO3±δ Cathodes and Electrochemical Validation of Chromium Getters in Intermediate Temperature-Solid Oxide Fuel Cells” Journal of The Electrochemical Society 166 (13), F990-F995 3 2019

M Reisert, A Aphale, D Taylor, J Graf, P Singh, B Hu, SJ Heo, J Hong “ Solid State Electrochemical Oxygen Separation and Compression” ICES 2019           

A Aphale, M Reisert, J Hong, SJ Heo, B Hu, P Singh “Capture of Trace Airborne Contaminants: Application to Electrochemical Systems” ICES 2019                     

M Reisert, A Aphale, P Singh “ Observations on Accelerated Oxidation of a Ferritic Stainless Steel Under Dual Atmosphere Exposure Conditions” Energy Technology  2          2019

P Hitscherich, A Aphale, R Gordan, R Whitaker, P Singh, L Xie, P Patra, … “ Electroactive graphene composite scaffolds for cardiac tissue engineering” Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A 106 (11), 2923-2933    13 2018

N Li, M Asadikiya, Y Zhong, P Singh” Evolution of porous YSZ surface morphology in YSZ-MnOx system” Journal of the American Ceramic Society      1          2018

A Aphale, MA Uddin, B Hu, SJ Heo, J Hong, P Singh “ Synthesis and stability of SrxNiyOz getter for solid oxide fuel cells” Journal of the Electrochemical society 165 (9), F635-F640 8 2018

RL Winter, P Singh, MK King, MK Mahapatra, U Sampathkumaran “Protective ceramic coatings for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) balance of plant components” Advances in Materials Science and Engineering 2018         1          2018

V Manthina, G Song, P Singh, M Mahapatra “Silica free sealing glass for sodium–beta alumina battery” International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology           2          2018

AN APHALE, B HU, M REISERT, A PANDEY, P SINGH “Oxidation Behavior and Chromium Evaporation From Fe and Ni Base Alloys Under SOFC Systems Operation Conditions”  JOM: the journal of the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society     4          2018

A Aphale, L Narayan, B Hu, A Pandey, P Singh “Surface pre-treatment of alumina forming alloy and its implication on Cr evaporation” ECS Transactions 85, 57-63     2018

Avanish Mishra’s Journey from Astrophysics into the Field of MSE

By Kyra Arena, Written Communications Assistant

photo of LANL Postdoctoral Researcher, Avanish Mishra

LANL Postdoctoral Researcher, Avanish Mishra

When it comes to your major or career, have you ever had a change of heart? UConn’s former MSE Postdoctoral Researcher, Avanish Mishra, certainly had. By his educational background, he is a physicist with a specialization in astrophysics, something he describes as “quite an exciting field to explore.”  

Although he enjoyed this area of concentration, while preparing for his Ph.D. entrance exams and interviews, he began to enjoy materials science and quantum mechanics. “Here, I saw how the principles of quantum mechanics dictate materials functionalities and responses,” says Mishra. And so, Mishra’s passion for MSE began. Thus, he decided to change career paths and get a Ph.D. in Computational Materials Science from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, in 2019 under the guidance of Professor Abhishek Kumar Singh.   

In his Ph.D., Mishra co-developed India’s first computational materials database aNANt. The database “shares the structures and electronic properties of computationally designed two-dimensional functional materials (MXenes) in a single platform” and currently contains data records for over 23,000 materials data. “As a graduate student, I worked on the first-principles modeling of materials and informatics, along with that I also learned about different length scales for materials modeling and respective challenges,” he says. 

C. Barry Carter, MSE Professor, encouraged Mishra to apply for a postdoctoral position with Professor Avinash Dongare at UConn. “He told me about Professor Dongare’s research and exciting future possibilities for me,” states Mishra. “I liked the idea of learning a new set of materials modeling tools and extending my understanding of first-principlesmodeling onto a higher length-scale.” Hence, he joined Professor Avinash Dongare’s research group in May 2019 as a postdoctoral researcher. 

Professor Avinash Dongare’s research group focuses on “the development and application of materials modeling, data analysis, and visualization methods to investigate structure-property relationships of materials as well as the evolution of microstructures ranging from atomic scale to mesoscale in various environments.” 

“I really enjoyed working with Professor Dongare, especially because I felt he has been very supportive throughout, gave me constructive feedback during our discussions, and most importantly trusted me with utter confidence,” says Mishra. “I am very fortunate to have a mentor like him, and I feel he has contributed significantly towards my professional and personal development.” 

One highlight from his time at MSE was getting to work as a part of the Center for Research Excellence on Dynamically Deformed Solids (CREDDS). Mishra and graduate student Marco Echeverria ran virtual experiments of shock deformation in metallic materials. They used this research to characterize defect structures, which helps validate current computational methods and guide future experiments. “I acknowledge all the members of CREDDS for their immense help and support,” states Mishra. “It gave me an excellent opportunity to work closely with experimentalists.” 

In 2021, Mishra co-published five research papers alongside Professor Dongare and others. His published first-author paper focuses on fingerprinting shock-induced deformation via virtual diffraction, which helps to complement and explain experiential in-situ diffractograms and characterize materials without any destructive means. His second first-author paper centers on understanding the phase transformation mechanisms and factors affecting the dynamic response of Fe-based microstructures at the atomic scales, which is essential for studying various other properties of multiphase metallic materials. 

“Avanish has always been excited to learn new capabilities and loves the challenge to build something of his own that can help us understand the science,” says Professor Dongare. “His time here working with me and the students in my group has led to several new computational capabilities at UConn that are currently being finalized for publication. It has been a pleasure working with him and to see him grow as a researcher.”

As a prior MSE professional staff member, Mishra is expanding his gained knowledge of atomistic modeling and machine learning with Professor Dongare and Professor Singh to understand materials response and get fundamental insights by characterizing atomistic structure using machine learning.  His work is important for designing high-performance materials for applications in extreme environments. For instance, he works to find an alternative for existing materials, such as replacing or improving metals and alloys in various applications. “The work I carried out at UConn has direct application in designing promising materials for extreme applications and could be extended to various fields where the materials undergo slow or fast dynamic deformation. Understanding of dynamic deformation of metallic materials is fundamental to the maintenance of nuclear deterrents as well,” says Mishra.  

Recently, Mishra started a position at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) as a postdoctoral researcher. LANL’s goal is to solve national security challenges. Here, he analyzes atomistic structures using machine learning and extends that insight to the next level of modeling.  

Mishra hopes that he will always be a part of the field of materials science and engineering. “I like doing research and want to mentor the next generation of scientists and engineers to make the world a better and safe place by addressing challenges in MSE,” he says. For those wishing to pursue a career in MSE, Mishra suggests that students should be curious, should ask questions without any fear of judgment, should be open to new ideas, and be keen to build connections with their peers. He also recommends meeting UConn’s two favorite dogs: Johnathan XIV and Officer Tildy! “Every time I saw any one of them, it made my day,” says Mishra. 

Overall, Mishra’s journey into the field of MSE is inspiring not only for current students but for those who’ve recently discovered their passion for MSE. His narrative teaches people that it is okay to change career paths. Following your heart will not only make you successful, but you’ll have fun too! 

Faculty


CORE MSE FACULTY 


 

Mark Aindow

Mark Aindow
Professor
Executive Director for Innovation
External Engagement, and Industry Relations

m.aindow@uconn.edu

Defects and Interfaces, Microstructural Development in Alloys and Thin Films & Electron Microscopy


 

professor alpay

S. Pamir Alpay
Interim Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor

pamir.alpay@uconn.edu

Materials Modeling, Functional Materials, Metallurgy


 

professor brody

Harold D. Brody
Distinguished Professor

brody@engr.uconn.edu

Materials Processing, Alloy Casting and Solidification & Process Models


 

Avinash Dongare

Avinash M. Dongare
Associate Professor
Director for Graduate Studies

dongare@uconn.edu

 

Atomic Scale Modeling, Mesoscale Modeling, Microstructural Evolution, Mechanics of Materials, Defects, Interfaces, Materials Under Extreme Environments


 

professor frame

Lesley D. Frame
Assistant Professor

lesley.frame@uconn.edu

 

Metals Processing, Manufacturing, Corrosion, Residual Stress, Phase Transformations, Structure – Property – Processing Relationships


 

professor gao

Nanomaterials Synthesis, Characterization and Manipulation, Nanotechnology for Energy, Environmental and Biomedical Applications


 

professor hebert

Rainer Hebert
Professor
Director of Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Center
Associate Director of IMS

rainer.hebert@uconn.edu

 

Phase Transformations, Metals & alloys, Metalic Glasses & Severe Plastic Deformation Processing


 

Bryan Huey, Professor of materials science and engineering on May 5, 2016. (/UConn Photo)

Bryan D. Huey
Department Head, Professor

bryan.huey@uconn.edu

 

Scanning Probe Microscopy, Photovoltaics, Data Storage Dynamics, Nano-Bio-Mechanics, Functional Ceramics


 

Jasna Jankovic

Advanced Imaging and Spectroscopy Techniques, Nanomaterials for Clean Energy Applications, Fuel Cells, Batteries, Structure-Property-Performance Correlation


 

professor kattamis

Solidification and Metals Joining, Materials Processing, Thin Coatings & Tribology


 

professor laurencin

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
University Professor
Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Chair Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Chief Executive Officer, Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering

laurencin@uchc.edu

Regenerative Engineering, Advanced Biomaterials, Nanotechnology, Polymer Chemistry, Polymer Physicsy


 

professor lee

Seok-Woo Lee
Associate Professor
Castleman Term Professor in Engineering Innovation 
Director for Undergraduate Studies

seok-woo.lee@uconn.edu

Mechanical Behavior of Advanced Structural Materials, Dislocation Plasticity, Fracture Mechanics, Nano-Mechanics, Deformation Under Cryogenic Environment, High Strain Rate Deformation, Materials for Space Exploration, Metal Additive Manufacturing


 

professor leek

Fiona Leek
Director Undergraduate Laboratories
Assistant Professor-in-Residence

fiona.leek@engr.uconn.edu

Polymer Characterization and Failure Analysis


 

professor maric

Radenka Maric
Interim President | University of Connecticut
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor

maric@engr.uconn.edu

Novel Materials for High Temperature Fuel Cells


 

professor nakhmanson

Serge M. Nakhmanson
Associate Professor
Interim Associate Department Head

serge.nakhmanson@uconn.edu

Multiscale Modeling of Materials, Multifunctional Ferroics, Soft Materials


 

Volkan Ortalan

Volkan Ortalan
Associate Professor

vortalan@uconn.edu

Ultrafast Electron Microscopy, Aberration-corrected In-situ TEM, Heterogeneous Catalysts, Materials Under Extreme Conditions, Polymers, Low-dimensional Materials, Additive Manufacturing


 

George Rossetti

George A. Rossetti Jr.
Associate Professor
Director of Professional Education (MENG & Certificate Programs)

george.rossetti_jr@uconn.edu

Dielectric & Piezoelectric Ceramics, Ferroelectricity, Phenomenological Modeling, Electrical & Thermophysical Properties Characterization


 

professor singh

 

Prabhakar Singh
UTC Endowed Chair Professor

singh@engr.uconn.edu

High Temperature Materials, Oxidation and Corrosion, Electrochemistry, Solid Oxide Fuel Cells


 

professor wang

Design and Fabrication of Flexible, Multifunctional Structures and Electronics, Mechanics of Deformation and Fracture of Materials, Energy Storage and Conversion 


 

photo of Yuanyuan Zhu on June 7, 2022. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Yuanyuan Zhu
Assistant Professor
MSE Honors Program Director

yuanyuan.2.zhu@uconn.edu

Advanced and In-situ STEM, Deep Learning, Heterogenous Catalysis, Irradiation Effects, Functional Nanomaterials


FACULTY with AFFILIATE APPOINTMENTS


 

professor khan

Yusuf Khan
Associate Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UConn Health Center

ykhan@uchc.edu

Tissue Engineering, Biocompatible and Biodegradable Scaffolds


 

Sangamesh Kumbar

Sangamesh Kumbar
Associate Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UConn Health Center

kumbar@uchc.edu

Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery Applications


 

Lakshmi Nair

Lakshmi Nair
Associate Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UConn Health Center

nair@uchc.edu

Regenerative Engineering, Injectable Hydrogels, Nanostructured Materials, Drug Delivery


 

Syam Nukavarapu Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Syam Nukavarapu
Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering

syam.nukavarapu@uconn.edu

Biomaterials, Engineered Matrices, Tissue Engineering


ADDITIONAL FACULTY in MSE GRADUATE PROGRAM (eligible as primary advisors for PhD/MS students)


 

professor suib

Steven L. Suib
Director of IMS
Board of Trustees Professor
Department of Chemistry

steven.suib@uconn.edu

Solid State Inorganic Chemistry, Zeolites and Microporous Materials, Environmental Chemistry, Plasma Chemistry and Catalysis, Semiconductors, Inorganic Photocatalysis, Batteries, Ceramics


 

photo of Menka Jain

Menka Jain
Associate Professor
Department of Physics

menka.jain@uconn.edu

Functional Metal-oxide Materials


 


TEACHING, RESEARCH, ADJUNCT FACULTY and SCHOLARS 


 

Dr. Ryan M. Deacon

Alloy Development, High Temperature Corrosion, Materials Characterization with Electrons and X-rays


 

Dan Goberman

High Temperature Environmental Barrier Coatings for Aerospace Applications


 

Weiming Lu

Weiming Lu
Adjunct Professor

weiming.lu@uconn.edu

Carbon Materials and their Applications


 

photo of Rajiv Naik

Rajiv Naik
Visiting Professor

rajiv.naik@uconn.edu

Composite Materials, Materials Design, Mechanical Properties


 

professor nayak

First-principles Thermodynamics, Defects in Solids, Defect Induced Magnetism and Structural Transformations in Complex Oxides


 

professor ojard

Greg Ojard
Adjunct Professor

greg.ojard@uconn.edu

Experimental Characterization of Mechanical Properties of Advanced Materials


 

Sanjubala Sahoo on Nov. 16, 2017. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

First-principles Modeling, Physics and Chemistry of Surfaces, Catalysis and Magnetism


 

professor schaffoener

Ceramics and Composites, Corrosion, High Temperature Materials Processing


 

professor scoter

Diane J. Van Scoter
Associate Professor in Residence
Management & Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM)

dvanscoter@engr.uconn.edu

Process Improvement and Development of STEM Teaching Methods and Materials


 

professor wei

Mei Wei
Research Professor

mei.wei@uconn.edu

Tissue Engineering, Scaffolds, Biomimetic Coatings, Ceramic-Polymer Composites, Nanomaterials, Drug Delivery


EMERITUS FACULTY 


 

C. Barry Carter
Emeritus Professor

Maurice Gell
Emeritus Professor

Norbert D. Greene
Emeritus Professor

Eric Jordan
Emeritus Professor


 

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  Name, Title Email Research Topic  
Mark Aindow
Professor
Executive Director for Innovation, External Engagement, and Industry Relations
Email30x30 Defects and Interfaces, Microstructural Development in Alloys and Thin Films & Electron Microscopy  
Professor Alpay S. Pamir Alpay
Associate Dean for Research and Industrial Partnerships;
GE Professor in Advanced Manufacturing; Executive Director, UConn IPB/Tech Park
Email30x30 Materials Modeling, Functional Materials, Metallurgy  
Harold D. Brody
Distinguished Professor
Email30x30 Materials Processing, Alloy Casting and Solidification & Process Models  
Avinash Dongare Avinash M. Dongare
Associate Professor
United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Professor in Engineering Innovation
Email30x30 Atomic Scale Modeling, Mesoscale Modeling, Microstructural Evolution, Mechanics of Materials, Defects, Interfaces, Materials Under Extreme Environments  
Lesley D. Frame
Assistant Professor
Email30x30 Metals Processing, Manufacturing, Corrosion, Residual Stress, Phase Transformations, Structure – Property – Processing Relationships  
Pu-Xian Gao
Professor
Email30x30 Nanomaterials Synthesis, Characterization and Manipulation, Nanotechnology for Energy, Environmental and Biomedical Applications  
Rainer Hebert
Rainer Hebert
Associate Professor, Castleman Professor in Engineering Innovation, Director of Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center, and Associate Director of IMS
Email30x30 Phase Transformations, Metals & alloys, Metalic Glasses & Severe Plastic Deformation Processing  
Bryan Huey Bryan D. Huey
Department Head, Professor
Email30x30 Scanning Probe Microscopy, Photovoltaics, Data Storage Dynamics, Nano-Bio-Mechanics, Functional Ceramics  
Jasna Jankovic Jasna Jankovic
Assistant Professor
Email30x30 Advanced Imaging and Spectroscopy Techniques, Nanomaterials for Clean Energy Applications, Fuel Cells, Batteries, Structure-Property-Performance Correlation  

Theo Z. Kattamis
Professor
Email30x30 Solidification and Metals Joining, Materials Processing, Thin Coatings & Tribology  
Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
University Professor and Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor
Email30x30 Advanced Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Biodegradable Polymers, Nanotechnology  
Seok-Woo Lee
Assistant Professor, Castleman Term Professor in Engineering Innovation 
Email30x30 Mechanical Behavior of Materials at Multi-Length Scales, In-situ Cryogenic Nanomechanical Characterization, Computer Simulations of Dislocations, Single Crystal Growth, Laser-beam Lithography, Polymer Nanocomposites  
Fiona Leek on Oct. 24, 2019. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo) Fiona Leek
Director Undergraduate Laboratories, Assistant Professor-in-Residence
Email30x30 Polymer Characterization and Failure Analysis  

Radenka Maric
Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, CT Clean Energy Fund Professor of Sustainable Energy
Email30x30 Novel Materials for High Temperature Fuel Cells  

Serge M. Nakhmanson
Associate Professor and Director for Undergraduate Studies
Email30x30 Multiscale Modeling of Materials, Multifunctional Ferroics, Soft Materials  
Volkan Ortalan Volkan Ortalan
Associate Professor
Email30x30 Ultrafast Electron Microscopy, Aberration-corrected In-situ TEM, Heterogeneous Catalysts, Materials Under Extreme Conditions, Polymers, Low-dimensional Materials, Additive Manufacturing  
George Rossetti George A. Rossetti Jr.
Associate Department Head,
Associate Professor
Email30x30 Dielectric & Piezoelectric Ceramics, Ferroelectricity, Phenomenological Modeling, Electrical & Thermophysical Properties Characterization  
Stefan Schaffoener Stefan Schaffoener
Assistant Professor
Email30x30 Ceramics and composites, Corrosion, High temperature materials processing  
Prabhakar Singh
UTC Endowed Chair Professor
Email30x30 High Temperature Materials, Oxidation and Corrosion, Electrochemistry, Solid Oxide Fuel Cells  
Yuanyuan Zhu Yuanyuan Zhu
Assistant Professor
Email30x30
Advanced and In-situ STEM, Deep Learning, Heterogenous Catalysis, Irradiation Effects, Functional Nanomaterials  
   
Faculty with Affiliate Appointments
 
Yusuf Khan
Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UConn Health Center
Email30x30 Tissue Engineering, Biocompatible and Biodegradable Scaffolds  
Sangamesh Kumbar Sangamesh Kumbar
Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UConn Health Center

Email30x30

Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery Applications  
Lakshmi Nair Lakshmi Nair
Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UConn Health Center
Email30x30

Regenerative Engineering, Injectable Hydrogels, Nanostructured Materials, Drug Delivery

 
Syam Nukavarapu Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Syam Nukavarapu
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Email30x30

Biomaterials, Engineered Matrices, Tissue Engineering

 
   
Additional Faculty in MSE Graduate Program
 

Menka Jain
Associate Professor, Department of Physics

Email30x30 Synthesis, Characterizations, and Understanding Structure-Property Relationships of Various Interesting Functional and Multifunctional Materials (i.e. Dielectric, Ferroelectric, Ferromagnetic, Multiferroic, Magnetoelectric, Thermoelectric)  
Liisa Kuhn Liisa T. Kuhn
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Email30x30 Biomaterial Scaffolds for Drug Delivery and Bone Tissue Engineering  
Jeffrey McCutcheon
Associate Professor
Email30x30 Membrane Separations, Polymer Electrospinning, Forward Osmosis/Osmotic Power  

 

Richard Parnas
Professor

Email30x30

Biofuels Process Design, Biodegradable Polymers, Pervaporation Membranes, and Biomass Extraction  
Steven L. Suib
Director of IMS, Board of Trustees Professor, Professor of Chemistry
Email30x30 Solid State Inorganic Chemistry, Zeolites and Microporous Materials, Environmental Chemistry, Plasma Chemistry and Catalysis, Semiconductors, Inorganic Photocatalysis, Batteries, Ceramics  
Brian Willis
Associate Professor
Email30x30 Nanotechnology, Nanofabrication, Photocatalysis, Plasmonics  
   
Teaching, Research & Adjunct Faculty
   
Dr. Ryan M. Deacon

Ryan M. Deacon
Adjunct Professor

Email30x30 Alloy Development, High Temperature Corrosion, Materials Characterization with Electrons and X-rays  
Maurice Gell
Research Professor
Email30x30 Advanced Coatings Technology Development for Enhanced Durability, Superior Thermal Barrier Coatings  
Daniel Goberman
Adjunct Professor
Email30x30 High Temperature Environmental Barrier Coatings for Aerospace Applications  
Weiming Lu Weiming Lu
Adjunct Professor
Email30x30 Carbon Materials and their Applications  
Rajiv Naik Rajiv Naik
Adjunct Professor
Email30x30 Composite Materials, Materials Design, Mechanical Properties  
Greg Ojard
Adjunct Professor
Email30x30 Experimental Characterization of Mechanical Properties of Advanced Materials  
Professor Ramamurthy Ramprasad Rampi Ramprasad
Research Professor
Email30x30 Rational Materials Design Using First Principles and Data-driven Methods  
Diane J. Van Scoter
Associate Professor in Residence, MEM
Email30x30 Process Improvement and Development of STEM Teaching Methods and Materials  
Mei Wei
Research Professor
Email30x30 Tissue Engineering, Scaffolds, Biomimetic Coatings, Ceramic-Polymer Composites, Nanomaterials, Drug Delivery  
   
Emeritus Faculty
     
Professor C. Barry Carter C. Barry Carter
Emeritus Professor
Email30x30 Interfaces & Defects; Metals, Ceramics, Materials and Semiconducters; Nanomaterials; TEM, SEM and AFM. Materials for Energy Products and Storage; MSE Education  
  James M. Galligan
Emeritus Professor
Email30x30    
  Norbert D. Greene
Emeritus Professor
Email30x30    
Eric Jordan
United Technologies Professor of Advanced Materials Processing
Email30x30 Mechanical Behavior of Materials, High Temperature Materials, Thermal Barrier Coatings, Thermal Spray Processing and Properties, and Nano Crystalline Materials  
Harris L. Marcus
Emeritus Professor
Email30x30 Freeform Fabrication, Mechanical Behavior, Fatigue, Nanotechnology & Photonic Crystals  
  John E. Morral
Emeritus Professor
Email30x30    
  Donald Potter
Emeritus Professor
Email30x30 Materials Characterization, AFM, SEM, TEM, XRD  

Professors, Professionals and Students Mingle and Celebrate at MSE Banquet

By Marlese Lessing

UCMA Social Chair Grace Quinlan opens the presentations at the 2018 MSE Banquet.

UCMA Social Chair Grace Quinlan opens the presentations at the 2018 MSE Banquet.

Students, alumni and faculty of the University of Connecticut Department of Materials Science and Engineering celebrated their, and their peers’, accomplishments at the annual MSE banquet, held at the Alumni Center at the end of the Spring semester.

The event featured speeches, awards and connections between students and their instructors, as well as graduated professionals working within the field of materials sciences. Over two dozen graduate students also joined in, bringing the attendance total to 100.

MSE department head and professor Dr. Bryan D. Huey said that it was “gratifying” watch the event grow, and that the involvement of the department’s alumni helped to make the night both successful, and a learning experience for the students attending.

MSE undergraduates gathered for a group photo at the 2018 MSE Banquet.

MSE undergraduates gathered for a group photo at the 2018 MSE Banquet.

“One of the highlights of the night was when everyone in the banquet hall doing some form of research stood up. That was a telling moment of just how actively involved so many of our students are in their education,” Huey said. “Compounded with widespread participation in other clubs and sports, and of course extensive outreach through the materials student chapters, engineering ambassadors, engineers without borders and related programs, you really began to understand why our students are so well positioned to make a difference during and beyond their years at UConn.”

The event was organized by the UConn Material Advantage Student Chapter (UCMA)and UConn Chapter of theMaterials Research Society (MRS),two student-based organizations who help create outreach events and activities based on materials science and engineering.

The banquet was first held in 2013, Huey said, and has since expanded with further innovation and attendance from students, faculty and alumni.

“I am especially grateful to all of our banquet organizers since the event began in 2013, as this really has been a student-driven event all along” Huey said. “I am especially grateful to all of our banquet organizers since the event began in 2013, as this really has been a student-driven event all along. And while 100 attended on Friday, this can easily double, given our strong alumni base—we hope many more of them join this MSE family gathering next year.”

New members of Alpha Sigma Mu (the MSE honors society) line up to be recognized.

New members of Alpha Sigma Mu (the MSE honors society) line up to be recognized.

UCMA was the primary organizer of the event this year, said organization president and rising senior Kenna Ritter.

“We worked very closely with the Department and the Materials Research Society, but we were involved in almost all aspects of planning this event from catering, venue booking, program planning,” Ritter said. “All the UCMA officers were dedicated to doing the best work we could put forward so that we could host an event we were proud of.”

While previous banquets have focused on, and featured, keynote speakers from alumni and industry professionals, this year student and department accomplishments were at the forefront, Ritter said.

“Last year, we invited Fred Anderson, founder of Advantec Engineering LLC to speak to us about failure analysis in the legal system and we also invited Dr. Prabhakar Singh to speak about his experiences in material science and engineering, “Ritter said. “This year… we spoke about all the events and clubs that our members participate in both with Material Advantage and with the School of Engineering. In addition, we had a representative from MRS speak about the achievements of graduate students.”

Distinguished Professor Dr. Harold Brody poses with Katherine Brody at the 2018 MSE Banquet.

Distinguished Professor Dr. Harold Brody poses with Katherine Brody at the 2018 MSE Banquet.

Alumni were encouraged to attend, and invited to the event by way of networking, Ritter said.

“We reached out to alumni through the MSE Alumni LinkedIn Page, we collaborated with the UConn Foundation to email alumni invitations, and we also used word of mouth to encourage alumni to attend,” Ritter said.

While this year’s attendance, on both the student and alumni part, was successful, Ritter said that she would like to increase attendance in the future and continue to emphasize the importance of celebrating the department’s achievements.

“This banquet is important to the department because it gives professors and students a chance to interact with each other in a different environment,” Ritter said. “Professors and graduate students are doing a lot of research that is being support by the university. This banquet is a good opportunity to acknowledge all the hard work and commitment put forth by everyone.”

Su Jeong Heo Wins Baker Award for Fuel Cell Research

By Amanda Olavarria

(Left to right) Professor Prabhakar Singh, graduate student Su Jeong Heo, Dr. Frank Wolak, Vice President at FuelCell Energy, and the Fuel Cell Seminar Board of Directors.

(Left to right) Professor Prabhakar Singh, graduate student Su Jeong Heo, Dr. Frank Wolak, Vice President at FuelCell Energy, and the Fuel Cell Seminar Board of Directors.

Su Jeong Heo, Ph.D. candidate at MSE was awarded first place for the 2017 Dr. Bernard S. Baker Award in fuel cell research at the 2017 Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition.

She received this award for “developing a knowledge base that allows for obtaining longer life of molten carbonate fuel cell (MCFC) power generations systems and in particular a mechanistic understanding of the growth mechanisms of LiAlO2 in a molten carbonate fuel cell (MCFC) matrix.” This award acknowledges students who are pursuing graduate research in advancing fuel cell technologies. It was created in honor of fuel cell pioneer Dr. Bernard S. Baker and is distributed once a year to three exceptional students worldwide. Su is honored to be following the footsteps of Dr. Baker in developing clean and efficient fuel cell power generation systems. She is interested in advanced material development, fuel cell research, and smart manufacturing that allows for cost effective deployment of clean power systems. Currently, Su is pursuing doctoral research in the Material Science and Engineering department and the Center for Clean Energy Engineering under the advisement of Professor Prabhakar Singh.

UCMA’s Annual Networking Banquet Provides Invaluable Resources to Students

By Amanda Campanaro

Jordan Kovacs, graduating UCMA Vice President, begins the program with a short speech about learning from our failures.

Jordan Kovacs, graduating UCMA Vice President, begins the program with a short speech about learning from our failures.

Nearly 50 undergraduates, professors, industry professionals and graduate students turned out for the fourth annual UConn Material Advantage networking banquet, held at UConn Hillel March 23.

Fred Anderson, M.S., P.E.,founder of Advantec Engineering LLC, presents a case study on a recent consultation.

Fred Anderson, M.S., P.E.,founder of Advantec Engineering LLC, presents a case study on a recent consultation.

The banquet hosted two guest speakers: Frederic C. Anderson, M.S., P.E., founder of Avantec Engineering LLC and Principle Investigator; and Professor Prabhakar Singh, Director of UConn’s Center for Clean Energy Engineering, Director of the Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation (CEI) and UTC Endowed Chair Professor in Fuel Cell Technology.

“Both speakers stressed the importance of curiosity and observing situations from an untraditional point of view. Taking our failures and learning from them is what leads to breakthrough, and ultimately, success,” says Brittany Nelson, secretary-elect of UCMA.

The banquet is one of many events the chapter holds to stimulate interest in and provide resources for materials science and engineering. UCMA strives to establish a community for materials science and engineering students at UConn, and to provide valuable experiences for the undergraduates for professional development.

Andrew Nguyen (left) and Justin Webster both donated money earned from participating in Materials Science and Technology Competitions.

Andrew Nguyen (left) and Justin Webster both donated money earned from participating in Materials Science and Technology Competitions.

“Being able to network with professors and industry professionals in a semi-relaxed environment is invaluable to our members. Most students wouldn’t normally see such a diverse group of engineers and researchers in the same room without an organized setting like this,” says Kenna Ritter, fourth semester MSE major and president-elect of UCMA.

Professor Prabhakar Singh, Director of UConn’s Center for Clean Energy Engineering, Director of the Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation (CEI) and UTC Endowed Chair Professor in Fuel Cell Technology, speaks about his success and failures in his career.

Professor Prabhakar Singh, Director of UConn’s Center for Clean Energy Engineering, Director of the Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation (CEI) and UTC Endowed Chair Professor in Fuel Cell Technology, speaks about his success and failures in his career.

Many undergraduate members are interested in the companies that the industry professionals work in. “Even if our members don’t end up working directly with people they meet at the banquet, they have the valuable advice of someone who works at that company,” says Kenna.

Graduate students, professors, alumni and many industry professionals attended the event. “Undergraduates have the opportunity to meet with others who have different experiences in the field of MSE,” she says. “Being able to talk to others with more experience is always an invaluable opportunity.” UCMA’s goal is to foster the Materials Science community at UConn.

Student members organized the event with the help of their faculty advisors and staff members Lorri Lafontaine, Administrative Services Specialist, Heike Brueckner, Webmaster and Publicist, and Kaitlyn Cullen, Administrative Services Assistant. “We began preparations at the end of last semester,” says Kenna. “It’s a massive undertaking but we are all really happy with the final results of all of our hard work.”

They have already discussed plans and ideas for expanding banquet and making it an even better overall experience for everyone who comes. “Everyone who attends really likes the program we plan, and the food as well,” Kenna says.

All 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 UCMA Officers.( Left to right) Jordan Kovacs, Yanghuang (Bert) Lu, Victoria Reichelderfer, Ryan Chapman, Hetal Patel, Amanda Giroux, Kenna Ritter, Jordan Gomes, Brittany Nelson, Justin Webster, Zachary Thatcher.

All 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 UCMA Officers.( Left to right) Jordan Kovacs, Yanghuang (Bert) Lu, Victoria Reichelderfer, Ryan Chapman, Hetal Patel, Amanda Giroux, Kenna Ritter, Jordan Gomes, Brittany Nelson, Justin Webster, Zachary Thatcher.

Students, professors and alumni work together to complete “Two Truths and a Lie” for the Race to Taste, the short competitions to decide who gets their food first. A centerpiece featuring their element-themed table names is visible.

Students, professors and alumni work together to complete “Two Truths and a Lie” for the Race to Taste, the short competitions to decide who gets their food first. A centerpiece featuring their element-themed table names is visible.

Seminars Spring 2016

M.S. students and Ph.D. students are required to attend all seminars to earn MSE 6401 course credit. You may substitute up to 3 seminars each semester. Students need to complete and submit a missed seminar make-up form. Click here to download the seminar make-up form.

Date Time Location Speaker Organization Topic
1/29/2016 10:00 a.m. IMS-20

Dr. Robert Bianco
FASM – Manager Materials R&D,
Central Engineering

UTC Aerospace Systems 

Oxidation of C/C Friction Materials for Aircraft Braking Applications

 2/12/2016 10:00 a.m. IMS-20

Dr. Mrityunjay Singh
Chief Scientist,
President of the American Ceramic Society

Ohio Aerospace Institute 

Human Space Exploration: Risks and Challenges

 

 4/8/2016 10:00 a.m. IMS-20

Dr. Stephen Ducharme,
Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

 Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience Organic Ferroelectrics 
 4/15/2016 10:00 a.m. IMS-20

Dr. Ibrahim Karaman
Professor and Head, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

 Texas A&M University Unusual Functionalities in Martensitically Transforming Materials
 4/22/2016 10:00 a.m. IMS-20  

Dr. Vilas G. Pol
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Associate Professor of Materials Purdue

 Purdue University Advanced Electrode Materials for Rechargeable Batteries

 

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Female STEM Trailblazers

By Giorgina Paiella

Professor Radenka Maric and MSE Graduate Student Sapna Gupta Named 2015 Women of Innovation

Congratulations to Dr. Radenka Maric and Sapna Gupta, who have recently been named 2015 Women of Innovation by the Connecticut Technology Council (CTC).

Sapna Gupta, MSE Ph.D. candidate

Sapna Gupta, MSE Ph.D. candidate

The CTC honored fifty-six Connecticut women for innovation and leadership in the science, math, technology, and engineering disciplines at the 11th annual Women of Innovation Awards Gala on April 1. Ten of these women were granted awards in the academic, entrepreneurial, large business, small business, youth, collegian, and community innovation and leadership categories. Professor Maric was named a category winner in research innovation and leadership, and Sapna was recognized as a category winner in collegian innovation and leadership.

Professor Maric is the CT Clean Energy Fund Professor of Sustainable Energy in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (CBE) and Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). Dr. Maric’s research interests include structural ceramics, hydrogen production and separation, and the development of new materials and novel structures for energy storage and conversion. In particular, Professor Maric’s research focuses on improving the performance-to-cost ratio of fuel cell materials and components via changes to microstructure and composition of the materials and components. She is the author of over 150 scientific publications.

Sapna is a Ph.D. candidate in the MSE department working under the advisement of Professor Prabhakar Singh, director of the Center for Clean Energy Engineering. Her research interests include ceramics, high temperature electrochemical systems, mixed electrically and ionically conducting high temperature materials, and the characterization and evaluation of chemical and structural stability of materials in an aggressive environment. Sapna is the founder and president of UConn Keramos and serves as a delegate to The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) President’s Council of Student Advisors. She is the recipient of many fellowships, awards, and distinctions, including an honorable mention for the Fuel Cell Seminar and Energy Exhibition’s 2014 Baker Student Researcher Award.

In recent years, the UConn MSE department has been strongly represented at the Women of Innovation Awards Gala. Last year, Ph.D. student Zengmin Xia was named a 2014 category winner for collegian innovation and leadership. Through their innovative research and community involvement, Dr. Maric and Sapna continue this legacy, serving as exceptional role models to future generations of female leaders in the STEM fields.


 

Paiyz Mikael and Alexandra Merkouriou Named Outstanding Women Scholars

(Left to Right) Dr. Kent Holsinger (Vice Provost  for Graduate Education, Dean of the Graduate School, and EEB Professor), Paiyz Mikael, and  Dr. Mun Choi (Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs)

(Left to Right) Dr. Kent Holsinger (Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Dean of the Graduate School, and EEB Professor), Paiyz Mikael, and
Dr. Mun Choi (Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs)

MSE Ph.D. graduate Paiyz Mikael and 2015 graduate Alexandra Merkouriou have recently been named outstanding women scholars.

The outstanding senior women academic achievement awards were established in 1993 as part of the University of Connecticut’s 100 Years of Women celebration. The awards recognize outstanding female undergraduates and graduate students from each of UConn’s fourteen schools and colleges for their academic excellence and dedication to research and service within the university community. The 2015 distinguished female scholars were honored at the Outstanding Senior Women Academic Achievement Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 8 at the UConn Alumni Center.

Paiyz graduated with an honors degree in biology from Southern Connecticut State University before coming to UConn to pursue her master’s in biomedical engineering and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering. Paiyz’s doctoral dissertation, “Hybrid Matrix Design for Cartilage-mediated Segmental Bone Tissue Engineering,” focuses on the development of mechanically superior 3D scaffolds for segmental bone defects. Her research centers on a bone tissue creation process that takes place naturally during fetal development. The process requires the development of a polymeric-hydrogel scaffold system that is mechanically compatible with the mechanical properties of bone. The use of a biodegradable smart scaffold and autologous stem cells is extremely promising and has immediate potential for clinical application.

The first two years of Paiyz’s graduate work were supported by a prestigious National Science Foundation GK-12 fellowship, which allowed her to work closely with teachers and students at Hartford’s A.I. Prince Technical High School. She developed fun, hands-on STEM activities in the classroom and helped to establish mentoring collaboration between the high school and a neighboring charter middle school. Paiyz is dedicated to encouraging young students, especially young women, to become future mentors and leaders in STEM. She has served as the leading graduate student at the GE-UConn girls’ summer camp and an engineering instructor at the Renzulli Academy summer program, in addition to mentoring several undergraduate and graduate students. Advisor Dr. Syam Nukavarapu reflects, “Paiyz is the go-to student in my lab.”

(Left to Right) Dr. Daniel Burkey (Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Diversity and CBE Professor), Alexandra Merkouriou, Kathleen Holgerson (Director of the Women’s Center), and Dr. Mun Choi (Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs)

(Left to Right) Dr. Daniel Burkey (Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Diversity and CBE Professor), Alexandra Merkouriou, Kathleen Holgerson (Director of the Women’s Center), and Dr. Mun Choi (Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs)

Alexandra is a member of the 2015 MSE undergraduate class. Beginning in the summer after her freshman year, Alexandra has served as the assistant lab manager in the undergraduate MSE labs, which she credits as the “launch pad” of her later experiences in MSE. During her sophomore year, Alexandra helped MSE lab manager Adam Wentworth with the junior MSE lab (MSE 3055) and was ultimately introduced to Professor Bryan Huey. Under Dr. Huey’s advisement, she worked on several projects, including an analysis of the topography of several materials and mapping the piezoelectric properties of lead zirconate titanate. For the past two years, Alexandra has served as the president of Material Advantage, a student organization that promotes professional development among its members while also developing outreach activities that teach K-12 students about materials engineering. The club’s annual banquet not only serves as a fundraiser for the organization, but also provides undergraduate and graduate MSE students the opportunity to network with professors and industry professionals. In addition to dedicated members and officers, Alexandra notes that none of Material Advantage’s events would have been possible without the continual support of Dr. Avinash Dongare and Dr. Pamir Alpay. This past year, Alexandra also served as the leader of Time Capsule to Mars (TC2M), a collaboration among seven American universities to send a time capsule to the surface of Mars.

During her undergraduate career, Alexandra was selected as an intern at Unilever in Trumbull, CT, which ultimately became the corporate sponsor of her senior design capstone project. She was awarded third place at senior design day for her project, “Bimodal HDPE Resin Grades for Bottle Weight Reduction and Equivalency,” which she completed under the advisement of Dr. Pamir Alpay. In July, Alexandra will start working in the Edison Engineering Development Program at GE.
When prompted for a favorite professor and course in MSE, Alexandra reflects:

That’s really difficult— I don’t have just one. The whole department has been instrumental to my success and I could not have done it without them. Selecting a favorite class is just as difficult. Looking back at all of my classes since freshman year, I’d have to say that it was less about the exact content of the class and more about how it was presented that really stood out to me. I could always count on Dr. Goberman to show true passion and excitement for materials, and his classes always got me even more excited about where my life could be heading. Dr. Huey’s classes always challenged me to think outside the box and reassured me that creativity is really important, even if most of our classes dealt with equations and theories. Dr. Brody’s classes taught me what it meant to be an engineer and work in a team. I’d have to say that it’s because of my team that I made it to where I am today. And finally, Dr. Aindow’s classes showed me what it meant to be a materials scientist. He always had a great way of tying in what we learned from our other classes and bringing it all into perspective.

As outstanding women scholars, Paiyz and Alexandra serve as exemplary role models to future female students and leaders in MSE

Senior Design Day 2015

MSE seniors presented their senior design projects on Friday, May 1st, 2015 at Gampel Pavilion. With a total of 21 projects and 41 students participating, the event showcased the department’s exeptional student talent.

Congratulations to our graduating seniors and the MSE Senior Design Project final presentation winners!

Capstone First Place 2015_11st Prize: $1.500
Zeiss MultiSEM Sample Mount by Eric Bousfield, Stephen Ecsedy, and Kyle Keeley
Industry Sponsor: Carl Zeiss Microscopy, LLC
Industry Advisor: Pascal Anger, Dr. Kyle Crosby
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Puxian Gao

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Castone Second Place 20152nd Prize: $1.000
Impact Testing of Circuit Breaker Enclosures to Simulate Short Circuit Conditions by Douglas Hendrix and Nicholas DeMello
Industry Sponsor: GE Energy Management
Industry Advisor: Haritha Namduri
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Bryan Huey

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Capstone Third Place 2015_13rd Prize: $750
Bimodal HDPE Resin Grades for Bottle Weight Reduction and Equivalency by Alexandra Merkouriou
Industry Sponsor: Unilever
Industry Advisor: Warren Kleeman, Julie Zaniewski
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Pamir Alpay

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Other Capstone Design Projects:

Additive Metal Processing for Production of Surgical Device Components by Pamela Dyer and Andrew Fasano
Industry Sponsor: Covidien
Industry Advisor: Dr. William Powers
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Rainer Hebert


Salt Penetrometry for Design of Reduced Defect Filters by Marc Bennett, Noveen Delaram, and Jason Monnes
Industry Sponsor: KX -Technologies, Inc
Industry Advisor: Bruce Taylor, William Li
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Rampi Ramprasad, Dr. Fiona Leek


Marmon Utility ESP Cable Systems by Cody Andelin and Jackson McMillan
Industry Sponsor: Marmon Utility-Kerite Pump Cable
Industry Advisor: Mohamed Alameh, Michael Norton
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Prabhakar Singh


Al-Li Alloy Peening and Impact on HCF Behavior by Timothy James
Industry Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney
Industry Advisor: James Hensen
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Avinash Dongare


Impact of Alloy Overaging on Mechanical Properties by Riordan Hoffman and James Lee
Industry Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney
Industry Advisor: Dr. Max A. Kaplan
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Seok-Woo Lee


Temperature and Time Limitations on PTFE Material by Luke McCarthy and Samuel Wentworth
Industry Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney
Industry Advisor: Curtis Riewe
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Serge Nakhmanson


Oxidation Effects on Nickel Base Superalloys at Intermediate Temperatures by Benjamin Bedard
Industry Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney
Industry Advisor: Dr. Mario Bochiechi
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Mark Aindow


Local Heat Treatment by James Kos
Industry Sponsor: PTR-Precision Technologies, Inc
Industry Advisor: Amber Black, Gary LaFlamme, John Rugh
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Pamir Alpay


Hydrogen Embrittlement of Cu Cables by Samantha Brantley and Wieslaw Kapalczinksi
Industry Sponsor: Rockbestos-Suprenant Cable Corporation, Inc
Industry Advisor: Daniel Masakowski, Ivan Stannard
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Rainer Hebert


Tooling and Processing Optimization for Complex Geometry, Nonferrous Castings by Kevin La and Lauren Salisbury
Industry Sponsor: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and Sikorsky Innovations, Inc
Industry Advisor: William Fallon, Paul Inguanti
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Hal Brody


Design of Stress Relief Heat Treatments of Austenitic Stainless Steels by Allie Clark and Jennifer Heiser
Industry Sponsor: Ulbrich Stainless Steels and Special Metals, Inc.
Industry Advisor: Sean Ketchum, Will Keenan
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Hal Brody


DMLS In 718 Heat Treatment by Jordan Parley and Timothy Siu
Industry Sponsor: UTC Aerospace Systems
Industry Advisor: Dr. Sergey Mironets
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Rainer Hebert


Evaluation of Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) of Aerospace Alloys by Eric Anderson and David Twohill
Industry Sponsor: UTC Aerospace Systems
Industry Advisor: Stephen Pasakarnis
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Seok-Woo Lee


Mechanical Properties of AL6061 with Al4043 Welds by Benjamin Bilancieri, Terry Ng, and Nicholas Poulos
Industry Sponsor: UTC Aerospace Systems
Industry Advisor: Callie Benson
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Rainer Hebert, Prof. Theo Kattamis


UTAS Additive Manufacturing of a Cold Plate by Gabrielle Charno and Spencer Lambrecht
Industry Sponsor: UTC Aerospace Systems
Industry Advisor: Colette Fennessy
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Rainer Hebert


Improving Tensile Strength Consistency Around High Carbon Steel Rings by Brenden Mil-Homens and Joseph Pacheco
Industry Sponsor: Nucor
Industry Advisor: Charlie Hyatt
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Rainer Hebert


Non-Destructive Test for Incoming Nylon Fabrics Prior to Metalizing by Rheanna Ward and Kacie Wells
Industry Sponsor: Swift Textile Metallizing
Industry Advisor: Antonio Luna
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Rainer Hebert, Dr. Fiona Leek


Improved Methods of Pretreating Polymer Fiber Prior to Metalizing by Alexander Westlund and Bartek Wojciechowski
Industry Sponsor: Swift Textile Metallizing
Industry Advisor: Antonio Luna
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Radenka Maric

 

Professor Radenka Maric and MSE Graduate Student Sapna Gupta Named 2015 Women of Innovation

By Giorgina Paiella

The 2015 Women of Innovation top category winners. (Photo credit CT Technology Council)

The 2015 Women of Innovation top category winners. (Photo credit: CT Technology Council)

 Congratulations to Dr. Radenka Maric and Sapna Gupta, who have recently been named 2015 Women of Innovation by the Connecticut Technology Council (CTC).

The CTC honored fifty-six Connecticut women for innovation and leadership in the science, math, technology, and engineering disciplines at the 11th annual Women of Innovation Awards Gala on April 1. Ten of these women were granted awards in the academic, entrepreneurial, large business, small business, youth, collegian, and community innovation and leadership categories. Professor Maric was named a category winner in research innovation and leadership, and Sapna was recognized as a category winner in collegian innovation and leadership.

Professor Maric is the CT Clean Energy Fund Professor of Sustainable Energy in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (CBE) and Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). Dr. Maric’s research interests include structural ceramics, hydrogen production and separation, and the development of new materials and novel structures for energy storage and conversion. In particular, Professor Maric’s research focuses on improving the performance-to-cost ratio of fuel cell materials and components via changes to microstructure and composition of the materials and components. She is the author of over 150 scientific publications.

MSE graduate student Sapna Gupta, category winner in collegian innovation and leadership.

MSE graduate student Sapna Gupta, category winner in collegian innovation and leadership.

Sapna is a Ph.D. candidate in the MSE department working under the advisement of Professor Prabhakar Singh, director of the Center for Clean Energy Engineering. Her research interests include ceramics, high temperature electrochemical systems, mixed electrically and ionically conducting high temperature materials, and the characterization and evaluation of chemical and structural stability of materials in an aggressive environment. Sapna is the founder and president of UConn Keramos and serves as a delegate to The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) President’s Council of Student Advisors. She is the recipient of many fellowships, awards, and distinctions, including an honorable mention for the Fuel Cell Seminar and Energy Exhibition’s 2014 Baker Student Researcher Award.

In recent years, the UConn MSE department has been strongly represented at the Women of Innovation Awards Gala. Last year, Ph.D. student Zengmin Xia was named a 2014 category winner for collegian innovation and leadership. Through their innovative research and community involvement, Dr. Maric and Sapna continue this legacy, serving as exceptional role models to future generations of female leaders in the STEM fields.

MSE Graduate Student Spotlight: Sapna Gupta

By Giorgina Paiella

GuptaSapna_WIn her years at UConn thus far, Sapna Gupta has achieved impressive feats that demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and innovative thinking.

Sapna has worked as a research assistant in the UConn Center for Clean Energy Engineering since 2011, focusing on the development of electrically and ionically conducting high temperature ceramics for energy conversion systems and oxygen gas separation devices under advisor Professor Prabhakar Singh. Her research interests include ceramics, high temperature electrochemical systems, mixed electrically and ionically conducting high temperature materials, and the characterization and evaluation of chemical and structural stability of materials in an aggressive environment. In addition to her research, Sapna has served as a teaching assistant for Mechanical Behavior of Materials (MSE 3004) and Introduction to Structure, Properties, and Processing of Materials II (MSE 2001).

Prior to joining UConn in 2011, Sapna received her bachelor’s of technology in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Trichy in India in 2010. She will be entering her fourth year in the MSE Ph.D program this coming fall.

“During the past three years of my graduate career,” Sapna reflects, “I have been introduced to various facets of research: critical assessment of literature, long hours of comparative study, precise documentation, frustration over unanticipated results, requirement for continuous perseverance, and the joy of solving a problem or making a discovery. This experience fascinates me and continues to pique my interest in research and development.”

Sapna’s passion for learning is evident in the many fellowships, distinctions, and awards that she has received. Last summer, she pursued a research internship at Praxair Technology Center to work on materials development for oxygen transport membrane systems. At UConn, she is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest, most selective, and most prestigious honor society. Within the materials science and engineering discipline, she is a member of the Materials Research Society (MRS), The American Ceramic Society (ACerS), Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), The American Society for Metals (ASM International), and The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS).

An extension of her extracurricular involvement and interest in ceramic education, Sapna formed a UConn chapter of Keramos last fall. One of twelve student chapters across the country, the national professional ceramic engineering fraternity aims to stimulate scholarship, character, and development in students while promoting interest in the professional aspects of ceramic engineering, technology, and science. As chapter president, Sapna helped to plan and organize two Keramos events this year. Early in the semester, the group welcomed the Litchfield County 4-H organization to the UConn Center for Clean Energy Engineering, where members ranging in age from seven to seventy learned about fossil fuels, renewable energy, and cutting-edge materials research. They had the opportunity to view scientific demonstrations, see how a hydrogen fuel cell worked, and take a tour of the center. To increase the visibility of Keramos within the MSE department, the chapter also hosted an egg drop challenge, where students were provided with a packet of office supplies and 45 minutes to build a device capable of protecting an egg from a two-story fall. Bridging her leadership and involvement in several materials societies, Sapna also serves as finance committee chair on The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA). The student-led committee of delegates aims to engage students in ACerS activities and facilitate the development of a ceramics community by increasing collaboration across various student organizations, universities, and academic departments.

Sapna was most recently featured as a guest columnist in the May 2014 issue of the American Ceramic Society Bulletin, where she detailed her journey as an international graduate student and the unique experiences offered to her as a member of the UConn MSE community:

 “My experiences as an international graduate student have been holistic because of the skills and knowledge they have endowed me and because they have shown me how people from various cultures approach the same problem from different angles. Through my experiences, I have learned that nothing is impossible to a willing heart and mind.”

Research

Faculty by Research Areas

greenarrowAdditive Manufacturing and Materials Processing greenarrowAdvanced Ceramics greenarrowBiomaterials and Tissue Engineering greenarrowMaterials for Energy Applications greenarrowMaterials Genomics and Integrated Modeling greenarrowNanoscience and Nanotechnology



Additive Manufacturing and Materials Processing

Name Email Research Interests
Mark Aindow
Professor and Associate Director of the Institute of Materials Science
Email30x30 Defects and Interfaces, Microstructural Development in Alloys and Thin Films & Electron Microscopy
S. Pamir Alpay
Professor and Department Head
Email30x30 Multiscale Modeling of Materials, Ferroic and Multiferroic Materials, Tunable Dielectrics for Microwave Devices, Electrothermal Properties, Materials in Electrical Contacts
Harold D. Brody
Distinguished Professor
Email30x30 Materials Processing, Alloy Casting and Solidification & Process Models
Avinash M. Dongare
Assistant Professor
Email30x30 Computational Materials Science, Nanostructured Materials and Interfaces, Thin Film Growth, Mechanics of Materials, Corrosion, Nuclear Materials, Multi-Scale Modeling
Pu-Xian Gao
Associate Professor
Email30x30 Nanomaterials Synthesis, Characterization and Manipulation, Nanotechnology for Energy, Environmental and Biomedical Applications
Rainer Hebert
Associate Professor and Director for Undergraduate Studies
Email30x30 Phase Transformations, Metals & alloys, Metalic Glasses & Severe Plastic Deformation Processing

 


Advanced Ceramics

Name Email Research Interests
C. Barry Carter
Professor
Email30x30 Interfaces & Defects; Metals, Ceramics, Materials and Semiconducters; Nanomaterials; TEM, SEM and AFM. Materials for Energy Products and Storage; MSE Education
Pu-Xian Gao
Associate Professor
Email30x30 Nanomaterials Synthesis, Characterization and Manipulation, Nanotechnology for Energy, Environmental and Biomedical Applications
Rainer Hebert
Associate Professor and Director for Undergraduate Studies
Email30x30 Phase Transformations, Metals & alloys, Metalic Glasses & Severe Plastic Deformation Processing
Bryan D. Huey
Associate Professor and Director for Graduate Studies
Email30x30 Scanning Probe Microscopy, Nanoscience, Electronic Materials, Textures & Ceramics
Cato Laurencin
University Professor, Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery
Email30x30 Advanced Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Biodegradable Polymers, Nanotechnology
Radenka Maric
CT Clean Energy Fund Professor of Sustainable Energy
Email30x30 Novel Materials for High Temperature Fuel Cells
Serge M. Nakhmanson
Associate Professor
Email30x30 Multiscale Modeling of Materials, Multifunctional Ferroics, Soft Materials

George Rossetti Jr.
Associate Professor
Email30x30 Electroceramic Materials, Crystal Chemistry and Physics & Ceramic Processing Science
Prabhakar Singh
Professor and Director of the Center for Clean Energy Engineering
Email30x30 Fuel Cells & Energy
Mei Wei
Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
Email30x30 Tissue engineering, Scaffolds, Biomimetic Coatings, Ceramic-Polymer Composites, Nanomaterials, Drug Delivery

 


Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Name Email Research Interests
 Yusuf Khan
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, UConn Health Center
Email30x30 Tissue Engineering & Biocompatible & Biodegradable Scaffolds
Sangamesh Kumbar
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, UConn Health Center
Email30x30 Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery Applications
Cato Laurencin
University Professor,
Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery
Email30x30 Advanced Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Biodegradable Polymers, Nanotechnology
Lakshmi Nair
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, UConn Health Center
Email30x30 Injectable Hydrogels, Nanomaterials, Bioactive Biomaterials, Surface Modification, Tissue Engineering
Syam Nukavarapu
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, UConn Health Center
Email30x30 Advanced Biomaterials and Matrices for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Mei Wei
Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
Email30x30 Tissue engineering, Scaffolds, Biomimetic Coatings, Ceramic-Polymer Composites, Nanomaterials, Drug Delivery

 


Materials for Energy Applications

Name Email Research Interests
C. Barry Carter
Professor
Email30x30 Interfaces & Defects; Metals, Ceramics, Materials and Semiconducters; Nanomaterials; TEM, SEM and AFM. Materials for Energy Products and Storage; MSE Education
Pu-Xian Gao
Associate Professor
Email30x30 Nanomaterials Synthesis, Characterization and Manipulation, Nanotechnology for Energy, Environmental and Biomedical Applications
Radenka Maric
CT Clean Energy Fund Professor of Sustainable Energy
Email30x30 Novel Materials for High Temperature Fuel Cells
Rampi Ramprasad
Professor
Email30x30 Rational Materials Design Using First Principles and Data-driven Methods
Prabhakar Singh
Professor and Director of the Center for Clean Energy Engineering
Email30x30 Fuel Cells & Energy

 


Materials Genomics and Integrated Modeling

Name Email Research Interests
S. Pamir Alpay
Professor and Department Head
Email30x30 Multiscale Modeling of Materials, Ferroic and Multiferroic Materials, Tunable Dielectrics for Microwave Devices, Electrothermal Properties, Materials in Electrical Contacts
Avinash M. Dongare
Assistant Professor
Email30x30 Computational Materials Science, Nanostructured Materials and Interfaces, Thin Film Growth, Mechanics of Materials, Corrosion, Nuclear Materials, Multi-Scale Modeling
Serge M. Nakhmanson
Associate Professor
Email30x30 Multiscale Modeling of Materials, Multifunctional Ferroics, Soft Materials
Rampi Ramprasad
Professor
Email30x30 Rational Materials Design Using First Principles and Data-driven Methods
George Rossetti Jr.
Associate Professor
Email30x30 Electroceramic Materials, Crystal Chemistry and Physics & Ceramic Processing Science

 


Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Name Email Research Interests
Mark Aindow
Professor and Associate Director of the Institute of Materials Science
Email30x30 Defects and Interfaces, Microstructural Development in Alloys and Thin Films & Electron Microscopy
C. Barry Carter
Professor
Email30x30 Interfaces & Defects; Metals, Ceramics, Materials and Semiconducters; Nanomaterials; TEM, SEM and AFM. Materials for Energy Products and Storage; MSE Education
Pu-Xian Gao
Associate Professor
Email30x30 Nanomaterials Synthesis, Characterization and Manipulation, Nanotechnology for Energy, Environmental and Biomedical Applications
Bryan D. Huey
Associate Professor and Director for Graduate Studies
Email30x30 Scanning Probe Microscopy, Nanoscience, Electronic Materials, Textures & Ceramics
Serge M. Nakhmanson
Associate Professor
Email30x30 Multiscale Modeling of Materials, Multifunctional Ferroics, Soft Materials

 

Greg Ojard

Portrait of Greg OjardGreg Ojard
Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., Iowa State University (1991)

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
97 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3136
Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Office: IMS-111
Phone: (860) 486-4029
Email: greg.ojard@uconn.edu

 

 


Research Interests

One of Dr. Ojard’s interests is experimental characterization of mechanical properties of advanced materials such as ceramic matrix composites and materials for extreme environments. His work focuses on developing new methods to determine key properties that cannot be determined from standard test methods. He develops approaches to utilize non-destructive methods for on-site evaluation of mechanical properties as well as the presence of defects. These are key techniques that need to be developed as materials are considered for aggressive applications such as in gas turbine engines and the next generation of space vehicles.


Awards & Honors

2008 Pratt & Whitney Leadership Award, UTC Mechanical Systems Group of 8
2003 Best Paper Award, International Gas Turbine Institute, Ceramics Committee
1994 Manned Flight Awareness Team Award, NASA, Support of Si3N4 Bearing Insertion

Recent Publications

Santhosh, U., Ahmad, J., Ojard, G., Miller, R., and Gowayed, Y. (2016). “Deformation and Damage Modeling of Ceramic Matrix Composites under Multiaxial Stresses”. Composites Part B, 90, 97-106. 

Ojard, G., Smyth, I., Gowayed, Y., Santhosh, U. and Ahmad, J. (2016) “Ceramic Matrix Composites: Concurrent Development of Materials and Characterization Tools”, in Advanced and Refractory Ceramics for Energy Conservation and Efficiency: Ceramic Transactions, Volume 256 (eds H.-T. Lin and J. Hemrick), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781119234593.ch6 

Ojard, G., Smyth, I., Santhosh, U., Ahmad, J. and Gowayed, Y. (2014) “Durability Results from Ceramic Matrix Composite with Differing Porosity Levels”, in Mechanical Properties and Performance of Engineering Ceramics and Composites IX (eds D. Singh and J. Salem), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781119031192.ch3 

Ojard, G., Smyth, I., Santhosh, U., Gowayed, Y. and Jarmon, D. C. (2015) “Ceramic Matrix Composites: Residual Tensile Testing after Intermediate Temperature Oxidation”, in Mechanical Properties and Performance of Engineering Ceramics and Composites X: A Collection of Papers Presented at the 39th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ed D. Singh), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781119211310.ch6 

Imelda Smyth, Greg Ojard, Unni Santhosh, Jalees Ahmad, and Yasser Gowayed, “Comparison of Results from Different NDE Techniques from Ceramic Matrix Composites with Varying Porosity Levels”. 41st Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation AIP Conf. Proc. 1650, 1193-1202 (2015); doi: 10.1063/1.4914730 

Greg Ojard, Douglas Doza, Zhong Ouyang, Paul Angel, Imelda Smyth, Unni Santhosh, Jalees Ahmad, and Yasser Gowayed, “Thermal and Destructive Interrogation of Ceramic Matrix Composites”. 41st Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation AIP Conf. Proc. 1650, 298-305 (2015); doi: 10.1063/1.4914623 

Gowayed, Abouzeida, Smyth, Ojard, Ahmad, Santhosh, & Jefferson. (2015). “The role of Oxidation in Time-Dependent Response of Ceramic-Matrix Composites”. Composites Part B, 76, 20. 

Greg Ojard, Dan Goberman, and John Holowczak, “Acoustic Emission as a Screening Tool for Ceramic Matrix Composites”. 43rd Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, Volume 36, AIP Conf. Proc. 1806, 020027-1-020027-8; doi 10.10631/1.4974568 

Zhong Ouyang, Imelda Smyth, Greg Ojard, Unni Santhosh, Jalees Ahmad, and Yasser Gowayed, “Thermographic Investigation of Damage in Ceramic Matrix Composites”. 40th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation AIP Conf. Proc. 1581, 1631-1638 (2014); doi: 10.1063/1.4865019 

Smyth, I., Ojard, G., Magdefrau, N., Santhosh, U., Ahmad, J. and Gowayed, Y. (2015) “Ceramic Matrix Composites: Effect of defects on fatigue and Nondestructive Evaluation”, in Mechanical Properties and Performance of Engineering Ceramics and Composites X: A Collection of Papers Presented at the 39th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ed D. Singh), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781119211310.ch7 

UConn MSE Department Contributes to Green Campus Initiatives

By Giorgina Paiella

C2E2buildingInitially founded as the Connecticut Global Fuel Cell Center in 2001, the Center for Clean Energy Engineering (C2E2) has played a key role in sustainability at the University of Connecticut. The Center’s green campus ventures include a variety of projects, including carbon capture, natural resource conservation, power management, smart power transmission, fuel cells, and solar and wind energy.

This past July heralded the official launch by Governor Dannel Malloy of the Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation (CEI) at UConn, with the goal of accelerating statewide, national, and global adoption and deployment of cost-effective, sustainable energy technologies. The Center was established through a partnership among UConn, the State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and Fraunhofer USA (U.S. subsidiary of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe’s largest applied R&D organization). The Fraunhofer Center is one of only seven Fraunhofer research centers in the nation, focusing on advanced technologies pertaining to energy storage, fuel cells, in-stream hydro and power management and distribution. Currently located in Depot Campus, there are plans to relocate the Fraunhofer Center to the UConn Technology Park once it opens.

cleanEnergyStudentsIn August C2E2 also received $2.14 million in state funding to create an independent microgrid system with the goal of enhancing UConn’s ability to provide power to the surrounding community in storm-related emergencies.  UConn was one of nine grant recipients chosen from more than 20 institutional and municipal applicants to receive this award.  The microgrid will allow core Depot Campus buildings to stay operational when the state faces major storm-related outages and will provide warming centers for the public.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is heavily engaged in C2E2 efforts, with many MSE affiliated faculty involved in research and engineering at the Center. singhProfessor Prabhakar Singh is the Center Director and United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Endowed Chair Professor of Fuel Cell Technology in the MSE department at UConn. Professor Singh conducts research in high temperature energy systems with focus on systems efficiency, long term operation, and functional and structural materials for aggressive environments. His research interests also include solid- liquid- gas interactions, clean and efficient electrochemical energy conversion and storage systems including advanced fuel cells, clean combustion, concentrated solar thermal storage, hydrocarbon processing and utilization, high temperature coatings, and novel synthesis techniques. Professor Singh’s current research programs include the quantification of oxide vaporization in humidified environments, accelerated corrosion under dual atmosphere exposure conditions, electrode- electrolyte interface degradation under electrolysis conditions, and enzymatic sulfur cleanup from bio-derived fuels and carbon capture utilizing a solid- liquid agglomerated adsorbent.

maric_radenka_profile2012Professor Radenka Maric, CT Clean Energy Fund Professor of Sustainable Energy, also contributes to sustainable campus efforts. Dr. Maric holds appointments in both the MSE and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) Departments. Her research focuses on the development of improved materials and processing techniques for the manufacture of fuel cells as well as innovative processing of materials using reactive spray deposition technology (RSDT).  Professor Maric has concentrated on the investigation of a wide variety of electrode processes, with particular emphasis on the study and modification of electrode surfaces in order to achieve the formation of new thin film materials with interesting and useful properties. She also studies the impact of the processing conditions on electrode surface characteristics and other electrochemical reactions. The focus of this work has also been to develop a deeper understanding of electrochemical reaction kinetics and mechanisms.  Her current research engages with fuel cells and batteries, hydrogen generation, nanomaterials and thin film coating, ceramic processing, electrochemical sensors, and gasification and biofuels.

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Another key member of MSE at the Center for Clean Energy Engineering is Professor Manoj Mahapatra who is leading his research in advanced functional materials development for applications in clean and efficient solid oxide fuel cell power systems, oxygen transport membranes for oxycombustion and reliable seals for high temperature large scale stationary energy storage. In September 2013, Professor Manoj Mahapatra joined the team as an Assistant Professor in Residence.  Professor Mahapatra also teaches MSE4034 Corrosion Environmental Protection in the masters of Engineering discipline. 

Keramos Chapter Founded at UConn

By Giorgina Paiella

UConn-KeramosMs. Sapna Gupta, a Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) graduate student, has founded a University of Connecticut chapter of Keramos with the support of her team leaders and chapter advisor Professor Prabhakar Singh. The chapter was formally announced during the Materials Science and Technology (MS&T ’13) conference in Montreal, Canada.

David-GreenACerS-presidentKeramos, the National Professional Ceramic Engineering Fraternity, aims to stimulate scholarship, character, and development in students while promoting interest in the professional aspects of ceramic engineering, technology, and science. There are currently 12 student chapters across the country actively promoting the ideals of Keramos and ceramic engineering.

Ms. Gupta is a Ph.D. candidate in the MSE Department and Center for Clean Energy Engineering who worked with the Keramos Board of Directors to create an UConn Keramos chapter. She is pursuing research toward the development of clean and efficient energy systems, with a focus on high temperature ceramic materials and the development of advanced concepts and designs for new processes. Ms. Gupta presently works on the development and characterization of advanced ionically, electronically, and mixed conducting ceramic oxides for applications in high temperature electrochemical systems under the supervision of Professor Prabhakar Singh, Director of the Center for Clean Energy Engineering and Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation. Ms. Gupta is also a current finance Committee Chair of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA) and was recently invited to the ACerS New England section meeting to provide a brief introduction on PCSA goals and activities.

She hopes to use the chapter as a platform to encourage and promote involvement and participation of students and faculty members from diverse backgrounds with the common goal of encouraging the future growth of Keramos and The American Ceramic Society. She states, “I am very proud to be a part of the ACerS, Keramos and PCSA. My desire is to contribute to the advancement of science and technology through research, development, and education, thereby serving mankind.”

Congratulations and best of luck to the chapter! The leadership positions for the organization are as follows:

  • President: Sapna Gupta
  • Vice President: Austin McDannald
  • Treasurer: Nasser Khakpash
  • Secretary: Alan Harris
  • Herald: Chen Jiang

For more information on Keramos, visit http://ceramics.org/classes/keramos. Contact Sapna Gupta for UConn Keramos chapter details and information on how to become a member.

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Manoj Kumar Mahapatra

MahapatraManoj_profileManoj Kumar Mahaprata
Assistant Professor-in-Residence
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (2009)

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
97 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3136
Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Office: C2E2-108
Phone:(860) 486 4284
Fax: (860) 486 4745
Email: mkmanoj@engr.uconn.edu

 

Special Activities

Member: American Ceramic Society

Research Statement

Manoj’s research interests include developing materials and establishing structure-property-performance relationships as well as  materials’ corrosion mechanisms for diverse applications. The research areas encompass ceramics and glasses for advanced energy systems, high temperature coatings, ultra high temperature ceramics, CO2 mineralization and utilization, and inertization of wastes.
 

Previous Positions

2012-2013 Assistant Research Professor, Center for Clean Energy Engineering, UConn
2010-2012 Post doctoral Fellow, Center for Clean Energy Engineering, UConn
2007-2009 Graduate Research Assistant, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
2005-2006 Scientist, Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Hyderabad, India
2001-2002 Research Fellow, Central Glass and Ceramic Institute (CGCRI), Council for the Scientific Research (CSRI), Kolkata, India

Patent

K. Lu and M. K. Mahapatra “Barium oxide, calcium oxide, magnesia, and alkali oxide free glass seals for solid oxide fuel/electrolyzer cells (SOFC/SOEC)” Publication No. WO  2010/123745 A1 (2010).

Recent Publications

S. Gupta, M. K. Mahapatra, and P. Singh, “Phase Transformation, Thermal Expansion and Electrical Conductivity of Lanthanum Chromite” Materials Research Bulletin, 48 (2013) 3262-3267.
 
N. Li, M. Keane, M. K. Mahapatra, and P. Singh, “Mitigation of the delamination of LSM anode in solid oxide electrolysis cells using manganese-modified YSZ” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 38 (2013) 6298-6303.

 N. Li, M. K. Mahapatra, and P. Singh, “Sintering of porous strontium doped lanthanum manganite-yttria stabilized zirconia composite in controlled oxygen atmosphere at 1400°C” Journal of Power Sources, 221 (2013) 57-63.

M. K. Mahapatra, P. Singh, and S. Misture, “Manganese induced modifications in yttria stabilized zirconia” Applied Physics Letters, 101 (2012) 131606.
 
M. Keane, M. K. Mahapatra, A. Verma, and P. Singh, “LSM-YSZ interactions and anode delamination in solid oxide electrolysis cell” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 37 (2012) 16776 -16785.
 
M. K. Mahapatra, S. Bhowmick, N. Li, and P. Singh “Role of oxygen pressure on the stability of lanthanum strontium manganite-yttria stabilized zirconium oxide composite” Journal of the European Ceramic Society 32 (2012) 2341-2349.
 
M. K. Mahapatra and K. Lu, “Sealing evaluation of an alkaline earth silicate glass for solid oxide fuel/electrolyzer cells” Fuel Cells 11 (2011) 436-444.
 
M. K. Mahapatra and K. Lu, “Seal glass compatibility with bare and (Mn,Co)3O4 coated Crofer 22 APU alloy in different atmospheres” Journal of Power Sources 196 (2011) 700-708.
 
M. K. Mahapatra and K. Lu, “Effect of atmosphere on interconnect-seal glass interaction for solid oxide fuel/electrolyzer cells” Journal of the American Ceramic Society 94 (2011) 875-885.

MSE Senior Capstone Design 2013

On May 3rd and 10th, Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) students, faculty, and industry advisors convened to observe the final Capstone Design Project presentations. The Senior Capstone Design Project course educates UCONN’s MSE students in innovation in the materials engineering arena, leadership, and provides the students with a deep exposure to real-life challenges. Through their final year, students planned, designed, and researched projects dealing with unsolved material issues local companies face. The 19 projects were sponsored by UTC Aerospace Systems, Sikorsky, Rockbestos-Suprenant Cable, Delta Industries, and Ulbrich Stainless Steels and Specialty Metals, among others. The projects involved materials ranging from carbon fiber composites, nickel-based superalloys to yttria-stabilized zirconia thermal barrier coatings. Challenges also encompassed the modeling of the heat flow in electron beam welds and the casting of objects in complex geometries.

The MSE department presented awards to the top three student project presentations. 1st place ($1500) was awarded to Gabriel Paun for his project  A Predictive Model for Specification and Control of Advanced Electron Beam Welding sponsored by PTR-Precision Technologies, Inc. The project’s goal was to use an advanced electron beam welding process to join and repair nickel based superalloy, which is the material used in aircraft turbine blades. Paun focused on using computer simulation to simulate heat flow during welding, and analyze the results to predict welding parameters which would be output to control PTR’s newest welding system, which can fire multiple simultaneous electron beams.

The 2nd place ($1000) was awarded to Bryan Liggett for his project entitled Design Method to Predict End Properties in 300 Series Stainless Steels Based on Specific Chemistries. Liggett presented results that indicated that variations within the chemical composition ranges allowed by the standards set for stainless steel grades can alter their strengthening behavior during manufacturing. Typically these complex commercial alloys contain at least seven variable alloying elements that significantly their response to rolling and drawing processes.  A method to predict steel behavior during processing has been proposed and its potential advantages and drawbacks were discussed. Ulbrich’s Shaped Wire Division sponsored this study.

The 3rd place ($750) was awarded to Jason Chan for his project presentation A Predictive Model for Filtration Efficiency sponsored by KX-Technologies. Chan presented that filtration is one way to address one of today’s biggest issues with water in developing and developed nations. The performance of these filters is affected by factors such as flow rate and total flow volume, and more importantly, by the materials that comprise the filters. There is clearly a need to optimize and understand the capabilities of these filters. Such an understanding would save time from constant testing, reduce costs, and provide insight on their performance. Chan proposed an empirical model to predict the performance of these filters.

Faculty member Dr. Harold Brody maintains strong collaborative relationships with local companies to provide students with real-world problems and with industry advisors to work with MSE faculty to guide the students through their Senior Capstone Projects. “We are very appreciative of the continuing strong support of regional industry for our educational program, which is unique among public universities in New England.  I am pleased to see so many graduates of the UConn-MSE program advance to leadership positions and to return to campus as industry advisors to our Capstone Design Project students,” says Professor Brody.

MSE thanks the Senior Capstone Design Judges 2013:

  • Robert Klancko, Klancko and Klancko Associates
  • Thomas Cameron, Ultimate Ni/Ti
  • Jason Brown, General Dynamics-Electric Boat
  • Edward Kurz, UConn-IMS Associates Program

 

(Left to right)Teaching assistant Daisy Ramos, Senior Capstone Design Project Competition 1st place winner Gabriel Paun, 3rd place winner Jason Chan, 2nd place winner Bryan Liggett, and Professor Hal Brody.

(Left to right) Teaching assistant Daisy Ramos, Senior Capstone Design Project Competition 1st place winner Gabriel Paun, 3rd place winner Jason Chan, 2nd place winner Bryan Liggett, and Professor Hal Brody.

 

All Senior Design Projects 2013

Title: Welding Process Qualification

Sponsor:
Industry Advisors:
Faculty Advisor:
MSE Student:

Delta-Industries
James Janiak and Joseph Gangi
Prof. Harold D. Brody
Melissa Farnham

Title: Corrective Action for Surface Corrosion of 7075 Forgings
Sponsor:                 Consolidated Industries
Industry Advisors:   Tim McHenry, Christopher W. Jackson, Graham Clark
Faculty Advisor:      Prof. Prabhakar Singh
MSE Student:         Kayla Molnar

Title: Corrosion Reduction in Concentrated Solar Power
Sponsor:                  Alstom Power
Industry Advisor:      Dr. Ripi Singh
Faculty Advisor:       Prof. Prabhakar Singh
MSE Student:          Alexander Franchino

Title: Materials and Device Design for Next Generation Ultrasonic Transducers
Sponsor:                 United Technology Research Center
Industry Advisors:   Dr. Joseph Mantese and Dr. Tony Vincitore
Faculty Advisor:      Dr. George Rossetti
MSE Student:         Kayla Nicewicz

Title: Develop Criteria for Selection of Polymeric Compound for Specific Cable Applications
Sponsor:                 General Cable Corporation
Industry Advisors:   Koksal Tonyali and Chris Medling
Faculty Advisor:      Prof. Mei Wei
MSE Student:         Timothy Plourde

Title: Design of a Wear Resistance Coating for Diesel Fuel Injection Application
Sponsor:                 Stanadyne Corporation
Industry Advisors:   Angie Cheung and Joseph Paganini
Faculty Advisor:       Prof. Avinash Dongare
MSE Students:        Connor O’Neill and Patrick Brueckner

Title: High Temperature Aging of Carbon Fiber / Bismaleimide Composites
Sponsor:                 UTC-Aerospace Systems
Industry Advisors:   Michael Folsom and David Grulke
Faculty Advisors:     Prof. Puxian Gao
MSE Student:          David Wikholm

Title: Design Characteristics of Alternate Anaerobic Adhesives
Sponsor:                 UTC Aerospace Systems
Industry Advisors:   Michael Folsom and David Grulke
Faculty Advisor:       Prof. Bryan Huey
MSE Students:        Zackary Hixon, Jacob Wrubel and Stephen Consoles           

Title: Design a Method to Predict End Properties in 300 Series Stainless Steels Based on Specific Chemistries
Sponsor:                 Ulbrich Stainless Steels & Specialty Metals – Shaped Wire
Industry Advisors:   Erica Pehmoeller and Chris DeConti
Faculty Advisor:      Prof. C. Barry Carter
MSE Student:         Bryan Liggett

Title: Bonded Joint Design
[Multidisciplinary MSE, ME, and MEM]
Sponsor:                 Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and Sikorsky innovations, Inc
Industry Advisors:   Paul Inguanti, Dr. Michael Urban, William Fallon
Faculty Advisors:     Profs. H.D. Brody (MSE), E. Jordan (ME), and Z. Bzymek (MEM)
MSE Students:        Ryan Adams, Blake Knox, and Scott Sperl
ME/MEM Students: Nikolay Kolev, Michael Minopoli, Wade Moore, and Ryan McGuire

Title: Aluminum Brazing
[Multidisciplinary MSE and ME]
Sponsor:                 Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and Sikorsky innovations, Inc
Industry Advisors:   Paul Inguanti, Dr. Michael Urban, William Fallon
Faculty Advisors:     Prof. Theo Kattamis (MSE) and Prof. Eric Jordan (ME)
MSE Students:       Jillian Falcetti, Adam Marco, and Brian Becerra
ME Students:          Haruka Kanesaka, Ashley LaPlante, and Eric Parsons

Title: Thermal Barrier Coatings for Thermoset Composite Materials
Sponsor:                  Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and Sikorsky innovations, Inc
Industry Advisors:    Paul Inguanti, Dr. Michael Urban, William Fallon
Faculty Advisor:       Prof. Radenka Maric
MSE Student:          Erik Rogoff

Title: Nondestructive Detection of Ply Wrinkles in Thick Composite Laminates
Sponsor:                 Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and Sikorsky innovations, Inc
Industry Advisors:   Paul Inguanti, Dr. Michael Urban, William Fallon
Faculty Advisor:      Prof. Bryan Huey
MSE Students:       Cody Donecker and Stephen Wieczerzak

Title: Tooling and Processing Optimization for Complex Geometry, Nonferrous Castings
Sponsor:                  Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and Sikorsky innovations, Inc
Industry Advisors:    Zachary Stone, Tapas Mukherji, Paul Inguanti, William Fallon
Faculty Advisor:       Prof. Harold D. Brody
MSE Students:        Drew Capolupo and Timothy Batt

Title: A Predictive Model for Filtration Efficiency
Sponsor:                 KX -Technologies, Inc
Industry Advisors:   Andrew Lombardo and Dr. Frank Brigano
Faculty Advisor:       Prof. Pamir Alpay
MSE Student:          Jason Chan

Title: Design Paradigm for Oxidation Resistance
Sponsor:                 Pratt and Whitney Aircraft
Industry Advisors:   Daryl Slade Stolz
Faculty Advisor:       Prof. Rainer Hebert
MSE Student:          Austin Poucher

Title: A Predictive Model for Specification and Control of Advanced Electron Beam Welding
Sponsor:                 PTR-Precision Technologies, Inc
Industry Advisors:   John Rugh and Gary LaFlamme
Faculty Advisor:       Prof. Pamir Alpay
MSE Student:          Gabriel Paun

Title: Improved Sunlight Resistance for Cable Jacket Compounds
Sponsor:                 Rockbestos-Suprenant Cable Corporation, Inc
Industry Advisors:   Dr. Daniel Masakowski
Faculty Advisors:     Prof. R. Ramprasad and Dr. Fiona Leek
MSE Student:          Brandon Moffitt

Title: Improve Predictive Criteria Relating Chemistry and Process Parameters to Strength of Hot Rolled Steel Reinforcing Bar
Sponsor:                 Nucor Steel Connecticut
Industry Advisors:   John Brasell and Charles Hyatt
Faculty Advisor:       Prof. Harris Marcus
MSE Students:        Cody Unger and Nicholas Santoro

 

New MSE Research Awards

MSE would like to recognize its professors to whom research funding has recently been awarded.

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Prof. M. Aindow

Dr. Mark Aindow received a grant from the U.S. Chrome Corporation for his project entitled Processing/Microstructure/Property Relationships in Electroplated Cobalt-Phosphorus Hard Coatings, totaling $154,348 over a two-year period.  Dr. Mark Aindow has been a UConn MSE professor since 1999, and served as the Director of the MSE Program for three years.  The focus of Dr. Aindow’s research group is microstructural development in engineering materials. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Liverpool in 1989.

 

 

 

 

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Prof. R. Maric

Dr. Radenka Maric and Dr. Ugur Pasaogullari (a professor in Mechanical Engineering) received a one-year grant from Advent Technologies for their project entitled One Step Direct Deposition of Durable Cathodes for High Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC), totaling $167,156 over one year. Additionally, a team consisting of Dr. Maric, MSE Professor C.  Barry Carter, and Chemical Engineering Professor William Mustain was awarded a $50,000 grant from the DoE/Proton OnSite for Single Step Manufacturing of Low Catalyst Loading Electrolyzer MEAs.  Dr. Radenka Maric is the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Professor of Sustainable Energy at UConn, and has been an MSE professor since 2010. Prior to her position at UConn, Dr. Maric worked in industry in several different countries.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Kyoto in 1996.

 

 

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Prof. P. Singh

Finally, Dr. Prabhakar Singh, Dr. Ugur Pasaogullari, and Dr. Steven Suib (Professor of Chemistry) received a two-year, $205,593 DoE/Fuel Cell Energy grant for their project entitled Thermally Integrated Solid State Hydrogen Separator and Compressor Development Support.  Dr. Prabhakar Singh is the Director of the Center for Clean Energy Engineering and UTC Chair Professor of Fuel Cell Technology. Prior to his position at UConn, he served as the Fuel Cell Development Director at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield in 1978.

New Research Awards

The Materials Science & Engineering Program would like to recognize their respective faculty members who have recently been granted new funding initiatives.

C. Barry Carter, Radenka Maric and Chris Cornelius, Department of Education, Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need: Nanostructures and Devices for Energy Production and Storage, 8/12-8/15, $399,798.

Rainer Hebert, UTC/Pratt & Whitney, Electron Beam Melting Technology Development, 8/12-5/13, $77,424.

Radenka Maric, BIC, Low Cost Electrode Development: Reactive Spray Deposition Technology (RSDT), 7/12-9/12, $21,493.

Ramamurthy Ramprasad and Hom Sharma (graduate student), EPA, Computational and Experimental Investigation of Catalyst Deactivation to Design Sulfur-Resistant Emissions Oxidation Catalysts, 8/12-8/15, $51,000.

Prabhakar Singh, Ramamurthy Ramprasad and Manoj Mahapatra, DoE/National Energy Technology Laboratory, Study of the Durability of Doped Lanthanum Manganite and Cobaltite Based Cathode Materials under “Real World”  Air Exposure Atmospheres, 10/12-9/14, $499,372.

Prabhakar Singh, DoE/Praxair, Development of OTM Electrode Degradation Mechanism, 7/12-9/15, $331,566.

Prabhakar Singh, United Technologies Research Center, Micro XCT Analysis at UConn, 5/12-7/12, $5,000.

Mei Wei, NSF, I-Corps: Novel Apatite/Collagen Scaffolds for Bone Repair, 7/12-12/12, $50,000.

Yusuf Khan

khan_yusuf2011_profileYusuf Khan
Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, UConn Health Center
Ph.D., Drexel University (2005)

University of Connecticut Health Center
263 Farmington Avenue, Unit MC3711
Farmington, CT 06030
Office: ARBE-7038
Phone: (860) 679-4097
Email: ykhan@uchc.edu

 

 

Current Research

  • Tissue Engineering
  • Bioactive polymeric surfaces
  • Chemical modification of polymeric surfaces
  • Ion-donor ceramics

Current Research Group

Post Doctoral Fellow      
Keshia Ashe
Clarke Nelson
Farzana Sharmin
James Veronick
     

Professional Activities

Session Chair: Creating a Biomaterials Curriculum (2011), Society for Biomaterials, Orlando, FL
Session Chair: Scaffold Assisted Bone Defect Repair/Regeneration, 2011 Society for Biomaterials, Orlando, FL
Committee Member: Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Public Health Effectiveness of the FDA 510(k) Clearance Process
Session Chair: Adipose Tissue Engineering and Biomaterial-Guided Stem Cell Behavior (2010), Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting,
Seattle, WA
Vice Chair: Orthopaedic Biomaterials Special Interest Group, Society for Biomaterials
Vice Chair: Biomaterials Education Special Interest Group, Society for Biomaterials Member: American Society for Testing and Materials, Secretary, Tissue Eng. Med. Products
Member: LCME Task Force University of CT Health Center (2008)
Calhoun Fellow: Drexel University (2000-2005)

Research Statement

The treatment of musculoskeletal defects, particularly bone defects, due to trauma, congenital defects, or other anomalies is dominated by the use of autografts and allografts. Autografts are tissue that is harvested from a donor site within a patient and re-implanted at the defect site. Allografts are tissue harvested from a cadaver. Each solution, however, has limitations and presents a need for suitable alternatives.

Our research interests lie in finding solutions to these problems through tissue engineering. The development of biocompatible and biodegradable scaffolds capable of sustaining cellular migration, proliferation, and differentiation is central to my work. Through the use of biodegradable polymers alone and in combination with ceramic materials, we are investigating strategies to synthesize scaffolds that are also capable of delivering proteins and growth factors essential for complete and adequate healing of bone defects.

Specific work includes design and synthesis of novel scaffold structures capable of sustaining substantial mechanical loading while having a 3-dimensional structure conducive to substantial cellular migration throughout the structure interior. Scaffolds are evaluated through extensive physical, chemical, and mechanical testing, cell viability and protein expression, and finally with in vivo bone defect models that test the overall healing potential of the constructs.

Other laboratory interests include development of bioactive polymeric surfaces to encourage bone ingrowth and bone-implant interface strength. Studies in this area included the chemical modification of polymeric surfaces and the incorporation of ion-donor ceramics, both of which initiate a calcium phosphate deposition on the surface of materials, ultimately leading to enhanced healing and bone formation. Additionally, methods to incorporate scaffolds into minimally invasive healing modalities is also underway.

Previous Positions

2006-2008 Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
2005-2006 Assistant Professor of Research, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
1990-1994 Senior Research Assistant Laboratories for Structural Neuroscience Mclean Hospital

Awards & Honors

2004 Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings Ribbon Award
2003 Whitaker Travel and Professional Development Award
2003 Tissue Engineering Special Interest Group Graduate Student Award, Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting, Reno NV
2002 Orthopaedic Special Interest Group Graduate Student Award, Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting, Tampa Bay, FL
1999 Certificate of Recognition, Sigma Xi Research Society

Recent Publications

Tissue-engineered matrices as functional delivery systems: adsorption and release of bioactive proteins from degradable composite scaffolds. Cushnie EK, Khan YM, Laurencin CT. J Biomed Mater Res A. 2010 Aug;94(2):568-75.

Biodegradable polyphosphazene-nanohydroxyapatite composite nanofibers: scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. Bhattacharyya S, Kumbar SG, Khan YM, Nair LS, Singh A, Krogman NR, Brown PW, Allcock HR, Laurencin CT. J Biomed Nanotechnol. 2009 Feb;5(1):69-75.

Functionalization of chitosan/poly(lactic acid-glycolic acid) sintered microsphere scaffolds via surface heparinization for bone tissue engineering. Jiang T, Khan Y, Nair LS, Abdel-Fattah WI, Laurencin CT. J Biomed Mater Res A. 2010 Jun 1;93(3):1193-208

Tissue engineering of bone: a primer for the practicing hand surgeon. Taylor ED, Khan Y, Laurencin CT. J Hand Surg Am. 2009 Jan;34(1):164-6.

Induction of angiogenesis in tissue-engineered scaffolds designed for bone repair: a combined gene therapy-cell transplantation approach. Jabbarzadeh E, Starnes T, Khan YM, Jiang T, Wirtel AJ, Deng M, Lv Q, Nair LS, Doty SB, Laurencin CT. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Aug 12;105(32):11099-104. Epub 2008 Aug 4. Erratum in: Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Dec 23;105(51):20558.

Fracture repair with ultrasound: clinical and cell-based evaluation. Khan Y, Laurencin CT. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2008 Feb;90 Suppl 1:138-44.

Tissue engineering of bone: material and matrix considerations. Khan Y, Yaszemski MJ, Mikos AG, Laurencin CT. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2008 Feb;90 Suppl 1:36-42.

In vitro and in vivo evaluation of a novel polymer-ceramic composite scaffold for bone tissue engineering. Khan Y, El-Amin SF, Laurencin CT. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2006;1:529-30.

Apatite nano-crystalline surface modification of poly(lactide-co-glycolide) sintered microsphere scaffolds for bone tissue engineering: implications for protein adsorption. Jabbarzadeh E, Nair LS, Khan YM, Deng M, Laurencin CT. J Biomater Sci Polym Ed. 2007;18(9):1141-52.

Amorphous hydroxyapatite-sintered polymeric scaffolds for bone tissue regeneration: physical characterization studies. Cushnie EK, Khan YM, Laurencin CT. J Biomed Mater Res A. 2008 Jan;84(1):54-62.

Human endothelial cell growth and phenotypic expression on three dimensional poly(lactide-co-glycolide) sintered microsphere scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. Jabbarzadeh E, Jiang T, Deng M, Nair LS, Khan YM, Laurencin CT. Biotechnol Bioeng. 2007 Dec 1;98(5):1094-102.

Curriculum and Course Guide

The Materials Science and Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

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Course Selection and Advising Guide

  https://mse.engr.uconn.edu/mse-honors-requirements Plan of Study

Curriculum Flow Chart (before 2021 Fall)

Curriculum Flow Chart (2021 Fall or after)

  https://mse.engr.uconn.edu/mse-honors-requirements Honors Requirements
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Course Selection Template

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 Freshman Year – First Semester

 
Course Name
Credits
CHEM 1127Q (or 1147Q)* General Chemistry 4
MATH 1131Q (or 1151Q)* Calculus I 4
ENGR 1000 Orientation to Engineering 1
CSE 1010 Introduction to Computing for Engineers 3
ENGL 1007, 1010, 1011 (or 2011)* Seminar in Academic Writing 4
  General Education Elective
(Content Area 1)
3
  Total 19

* honors course


Freshman Year – Second Semester

 
Course Name
Credits
CHEM 1128Q (or 1148Q)* General Chemistry 4
MATH 1132Q (or 1152Q)* Calculus II 4
ENGR 1166 Foundations of Engineering 3
  General Education Elective (Content Area 2) 3
  General Education Elective (Content Area 2) 3
  Total 17

* honors course

 

Sophomore Year – First Semester

 
Course Name
Credits
PHYS 1501Q Physics for Engineers I 4
MATH 2110Q Multivariable Calculus 4
PHIL 1104 Philosophy and Social Ethics* 3
MSE 2001 Introduction to Structure, Properties, and Processing of Materials I 3
CE 2110 Applied Mechanics I 3
  Total 17

* Philosophy and Social Ethics is the General Education Elective Content Area 1. So, the total 6-credit requirement
of Content Area 1 is fulfilled with the other 3 credits taken in the first semester of freshmen year.

 

Sophomore Year – Second Semester

 
Course Name
Credits
PHYS 1502Q Physics for Engineers II 4
MATH 2410Q Elementary Differential Equations 3
MSE 2002 Introduction to Structure, Properties, and Processing of Materials II 3
MSE 2053 Materials Characterization and Processing Laboratory* 1
(CE 3110) (Mechanics of Materials)**
Free Elective*** (See Note C below)
3
  General Education Elective (Content Area 4) 3
  Total 17

*Caution: MSE 2053 must be taken at least in the second semester of Junior year because it is the pre-requisite of MSE 3055. If MSE 2053 is taken after the second semester of Junior year, the graduation will be delayed.
**Mechanics of Materials (CE 3110) is the mandatory class only for a student who matriculates before 2021 Fall semester.
***A student who matriculates in 2021 Fall or after can take free elective instead of CE 3110. Free elective can be taken any semesters.

 

Junior Year – First Semester

 
Course Name
Credits
MSE 3001 Applied Thermodynamics of Materials 4
MSE 3003 Phase Transformation, Kinetics & Applications 3
MSE 3055 Materials Processing and Microstructures Laboratory 1
  Professional Elective (See Note A below) 3
  Technical Elective (See Note C below) 3
  General Education Elective (Content Area 4) 3
  Total 17

 


Junior Year – Second Semester

 
Course Name
Credits
MSE 3002 Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing 4
MSE 3004 Mechanical Behavior of Materials 3
MSE 3056 Mechanical Behavior Laboratory 2
  Professional Elective (See Note A below) 3
  Technical Elective (See Note B below) 3
  Total 15


Senior Year – First Semester

 
Course Name
Credits
MSE 4003 Materials Characterization 3
MSE 4001 Electrical and Magnetic Properties of Materials 3
MSE 4004 Thermal/Mechanical Processing of Materials 3
MSE 4901W Capstone Design Project I 3
  Professional Elective (See Note A below) 3
  Total 15


Senior Year – Second Semester

 
Course Name
Credits
(MSE 4005) (Processing of Materials in the Liquid and Vapor State)* (3)
MSE 4902W Capstone Design Project II 3
  Professional Elective (See Note A below) 3
  Professional Elective (See Note A below) 3
  Technical Elective (See Note B below) 3
  Total 12

 

Total Credits
129

 

Curriculum for B.S.E. in Materials Science & Engineering
The BSE-MSE Curriculum requires a minimum of 129 credits to satisfy graduation requirements. Thirty-one (31) credits in mathematics and basic sciences, fifty-five (55) credits in engineering, and nineteen to twenty-two (19-22) credits in general education courses are specified. The student will elect a minimum of twelve (12) credits from a list of recommended professional electives (Note A) and a minimum of nine (9) credits from a list of recommended technical electives (Note B). At least three credits of technical elective courses must be in mathematics or basic sciences. The student can take three credits of free elective from courses at any level in any discipline at student’s discretion.

Note A: Recommended Professional Electives 
– Fifteen (15)
credits for a student who matriculates in 2021 Fall or after
– Twelve (12) credits for a student who matriculates before 2021 Fall.
Recommended professional elective courses: 15 credits from: any 3000 or 4000 level MSE elective course, BME 3700 or 4701, CHEG 3156, or ME 3217 or 3228. Up to three credits of MSE 4097 or 4996 and up to three credits of MSE 4099 can satisfy the Professional Elective requirement. Students may take multiple instances of MSE 4095 or 4098, which all may count as Professional Electives in MSE, provided each instance covers a different topic. Students with GPA of 3.2 or greater may elect letter-grade graduate courses. Any substitutions must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the School of Engineering Undergraduate Dean. 

Note B: Recommended Technical Electives    
Nine credits selected from all 2000, 3000, and 4000 courses in the basic sciences, mathematics and in any engineering discipline other than Materials Science and Engineering are accepted as technical electives. At least 3 credits must be selected from the basic sciences or mathematics: Mathematics (MATH), Biological Sciences (BIOL), Chemistry (CHEM), Molecular & Cell Biology (MCB), Physics (PHYS), and Statistics (STAT).Courses typically selected to satisfy the technical elective requirement include:

CHEM 2443 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2444 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 3563 Physical Chemistry
CHEM 3564 Physical Chemistry II
ECE 3002 Electrical Circuits
ECE 4244 Nanotechnology II
ENGR 4243 Nanoscience and Nanotechnology I
MCB 2000 Intro. to Biochemistry,lll
ME 3253 Linear Systems Theory
ME 3255 Computational Mechanics
MATH 2210Q Applied Linear Algebra
MATH 3160 Probability
MATH 3210 Abstract Linear Algebra
PHYS 3401 Introductory Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS 3402 Introductory Quantum Mechanics II
STAT 3025Q Statistical Methods – Calc Level I
STAT 3075 Statistical Methods – Calc Level II
STAT 3345Q Probability Models Engineers

Note C: Free Electives
Three credits, selected from courses at any level in any discipline at student’s discretion


MSE Honors Requirements


Concentration Requirements

MSE concentrations were removed beginning fall 2018. For those still eligible and interested, please find the Plan of Study forms below.

pdficon Concentration in Biomaterials   pdficon Concentration in Metallurgy 
pdficon Concentration in Electronic Materials   pdficon Concentration in Nanomaterials
pdficon Concentration in Energy Materials      

 

Three Materials Science Professors Elected as Members of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE)

Professor S. Pamir Alpay, Professor Radenka Maric, and Professor Prabhakar Singh are newly elected members to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. The Academy is a non-profit institution patterned after the National Academy of Sciences. The Academy’s main objectives are to provide information and advice on science and technology to the government, industry and people of Connecticut and to encourage youths interest in science, engineering, and technology.

The Membership is limited to 400 distinguished scientists and engineers from Connecticut’s academic, industrial and institutional communities.

Professor S. Pamir Alpay is recognized for his seminal contributions to the science and engineering of materials in the areas of: thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformations in ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, and shape memory thin films as well as in tunable materials for microwave devices.

 

Professor Radenka Maric specializes in the development and improvement of ceramics for solid-oxide fuel cells. She is an expert on the use of Nanostructured Materials as a key component for emerging applications. She is a leading developer in the manufacturing and commercialization of engineered fine particles, especially using the reactive spray deposition technology (RSDT) which she has helped pioneer and has installed at UConn.

Professor Prabhakar Singh has made outstanding technical contributions to the field of electrochemistry and electrochemical fuel cell power generation systems development, the understanding of high temperature materials corrosion in complex multi-oxidant and bi-polar exposure conditions, and metallic and ceramic functional materials development. Additionally, he is recognized for his vision for public-private partnerships and “Science to Systems” research in fields ranging from advanced energy conversion systems to the efficient utilization of fuels and power management and delivery; and for mentoring and training graduate and undergraduate students and active participation in outreach activities at local community middle and high schools to promote science and engineering disciplines.

Presentations of the Materials Science and Engineering 2010-11 Capstone Design Projects

Congratulations all on an excellent set of final oral report presentations of the Materials Science and Engineering 2010-11 Capstone Design Projects on Friday, April 29.

As in previous years we asked three individuals who are experienced with the practices and requirements of our UConn-MSE engineering design course to serve as judges to evaluate the design and communication skills of the seniors who were making their final capstone
project presentation.

The three judges for the current project year are

  • Dr. Donald Potter, Emeritus Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, UConn
  • Mr. Blair Smith, Engineering Fellow, Materials Engineering, Hamilton-Sundstrand, and
  • Dr. Ed Kurz, Director, IMS Associates Program, UConn.

As the judges delivered their list of award winners, remarked that the quality of presentations were uniformly very good. There was not a big gap between those selected for awards and the remainder of the presenters. The selections of the judging panel follow.

First Place Project Title: Determine and Prevent Galvanic Corrosion when Carbon Fiber Composites are Fastened to Steel
Student Team: Kathryn Czaja and Aaron Wall
Sponsor: General Dynamics-Electric Boat
Industry Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Hall
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Prabhakar Singh
Award: $1500

Second Place Project Title: Control Morphology of Bubbles in Si (He/H implants) Student
Team: Ryan Keech
Sponsor: Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates
Industry Advisors: Dr. Julian G. Blake
Faculty Advisor: Professor Bryan Huey
Award: $1000

Third Place Project Title: Optimization of the T74 Temper for 7055HF
Student: Ryan Godlewski
Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney Aircraft
Industry Advisors: Dr. Agnieszka Wusatowska-Sarnek and Dr. Thomas J Watson
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Mark Aindow
Award: $500