Tuskegee assistant professor to discuss nanocomposite materials

Published: Oct 13, 2008 3:11:05 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334.844.3447

Vijaya Rangari, assistant research professor with the Center for Advanced Materials at Tuskegee University (T-CAM), will present "Nanocomposite Materials for Structural Applications," on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m. in 104 Textile Building. His lecture is hosted by Auburn University's Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering.

Rangari will discuss the challenge facing composite materials researchers for structural applications, including the fabrication of nanocomposite materials with monodispersion of highly reactive nano-sized particles in thermoset or thermoplastic polymers. His presentation will focus on synthesis, fabrication and characterization of four main structural materials. He will also discuss the dispersion, synthesis and microwave curing of epoxy-based nanocomposites for vacuum-assist-resin-transfer-mold (VARTM) applications; polymeric foam core nanocomposites for lightweight and high-strength applications; alignment of acicular nanoparticles to improve the mechanical and antimicrobial properties of textile fibers; and the development of shear thickening fluid for liquid body armor applications.

Rangari received his doctorate in polymer chemistry from Osmania University in India and post doctoral degrees from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India and Bar-Ilan University in Israel. His research interests include synthesis and characterization of various types of nanoparticles with different shapes and sizes using chemical vapor deposition (CVD), sonochemical and microwave techniques; and fabrication, chemical and mechanical characterization of thermoset and thermoplastic polymeric nanocomposites for structural applications. He has published over 50 research articles, 40 conference proceedings and two books.