Georgia Tech engineering professor to discuss nanocomposites

Published: Nov 6, 2008 8:49:21 AM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334.844.3447

Meisha Shofner, assistant professor of polymer, textile and fiber engineering and materials science and engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will present "Surface Area Effects in Polymer Nanocomposites" on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. in 104 Textile Building. Her lecture is hosted by Auburn University's Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering.

She will present nanocomposite materials as novel alternatives to traditional composites and bulk materials due to the properties, unique structure and large surface area of nanoscale fillers. She will also address nanoparticle surface area, which was studied to determine its role in composite reinforcement and possible use as a general parameter to understand nanocomposite behavior.

Shofner received her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas-Austin in 1997 and doctoral degree in materials science and engineering from Rice University in 2004. She then conducted post-doctoral research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in materials science and engineering.

Her research interests include the processing and physical properties of polymer matrix composite materials with specific emphasis on nanocomposites. Her research group focuses on manipulating the excess interfacial area provided by nanoscale fillers to create composite materials with novel properties. Shofner was the recipient of the Solvay Advanced Polymers Young Faculty Award in 2006 and the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities in 2007. She is a registered professional engineer in Georgia.

For more about the Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering at Auburn University visit http://eng.auburn.edu/programs/pfen/index.html.