Mortaza Saiedijavash joined the group in Fall, 2014. His research relates to exploring enhancement of thermal conductivity of polymer composites through the idea of simultaneous alignment of polymer lamellae and embedded graphene nanoplatelets. Mortaza recetly published his findings in the journal of Nanoscale and is continuing for his PhD studies on the same topic.
Rajmohan Muthaiah joined the PhD program in Spring 2017. He is using molecular dynamics to simulate the effects of alignment on thermal conductivity. He is investigating the effects of different parameters such as strain rates, and different functionalization schemes on thermal conductivity enhancement.
Fatema Tarranum joined the PhD program in Spring, 2017. She is using ab initio methods based on density functional theory (DFT) to study phonon transport in functionalized graphene. By deriving the harmonic and anharmonic force interactions from DFT, the approach provides unprecedented accuracy in the prediction of thermal conductivity enabling fundamental insights in to the thermal transport processes.
Keaton is exploring high through-plane thermal conductivity of polymer composites through alignment effects. He is using solvent casting to prepare the composite. High through-plane thermal conductivity is achieved by aligning graphene nanoplatelets normal to the polymer film. Thermal conductivity is measured using laser flash thermal diffusivity equipment.
Joshua Karinshak is using molecular dynamics simulations to study thermal transport in composites.
Tiffany Tran is experimentally studying the effects of improving the dispersion of graphene nanoplatelets on thermal conductivity enhancement.
Tyrus is studying thermal transport in composite materials, in, particular, his work investigates enhancing through-plane thermal transport.