UAB professor to discuss carbon nanotubes

Published: Oct 21, 2008 4:17:40 PM
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Derrick Dean, associate professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB), will present "Carbon Nanotube/Polymer Nanocomposites: Effect of Interfacial Chemistry and Processing on Structure and Properties," on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 3:30 p.m. in 136 Ross Hall McMillan Auditorium. His seminar is hosted by Auburn University's Department of Chemical Engineering.

Dean's research group is working to elucidate the structure-morphology-property relationships of polymers and polymer-based composite materials, with specific emphasis on nanostructured polymer systems bio and non-bio applications. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Tuskegee University. He was a member of the Beta Kappa Chi and Alpha Kappa Mu honor societies, as well as a distinguished graduate from the Air Force ROTC program. Dean received an educational delay from the Air Force to pursue a doctorate in materials science and engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He then served fours years in the Air Force as the morphology team leader for the polymer branch in the materials directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio. Dean also served as the leader of the polymer physics team in the advanced technology group at BF Goodrich in Brecksville, Ohio. He has been a member of UAB's faculty since January 2004.

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