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Impact Of Chain Architecture On The Thickness Dependence Of Physical Aging Rate Of Thin Polystyrene Films, Gregory Brown, Elizabeth Lewis, Bryan D. Vogt Jan 2020

Impact Of Chain Architecture On The Thickness Dependence Of Physical Aging Rate Of Thin Polystyrene Films, Gregory Brown, Elizabeth Lewis, Bryan D. Vogt

Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects

The dynamics of polymer thin films have been demonstrated to be significantly altered from the bulk, but the origins of such differences are not well defined. In this work, we seek to understand the differences in the structural dynamics (or physical aging) of polystyrene (PS) through branching and other well defined architectures (comb and centipede). The aging dynamics of ultrathin films (< 30 nm) differ from relatively thick films (100-150nm) with linear PS thin films aging more rapidly than the relatively “bulk-like” thick films. Ellipsometric measurements are used to characterize the physical aging rate of the films. The change in film thickness and refractive index as the films are held below the glass transition temperature (Tg) provides a simple measure of the physical aging. In this study, four different architectures (linear, comb, 4 arm star, and centipede) will be investigated. For each PS architecture, the aging rate will be determined for film thickness ranging ...


Mandela Splash Pad Pre-Construction Plan, Levi Sandbulte Dec 2019

Mandela Splash Pad Pre-Construction Plan, Levi Sandbulte

Theses/Capstones/Creative Projects

In the construction industry, it is the responsibility of the general contractor to take the architect’s ideas and turn it into a real building. Many times this requires ample communication and several drafts. This efficient execution of this process is vital to the completion of a successful project. In this project, I practice this communication process. The challenge presented by the owner is to build an affordable splash pad, and without impacting the construction schedule of the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) that is being built on the same property at the same time. This proposal gives the owner ...


Gd5si4-Pvdf Nanocomposite Films And Their Potential For Triboelectric Energy Harvesting Applications, S. M. Harstad, P. Zhao, N. Soin, A. A. El-Gendy, Shalabh Gupta, Vitalij K. Pecharsky, J. Luo, Ravi L. Hadimani Jun 2019

Gd5si4-Pvdf Nanocomposite Films And Their Potential For Triboelectric Energy Harvesting Applications, S. M. Harstad, P. Zhao, N. Soin, A. A. El-Gendy, Shalabh Gupta, Vitalij K. Pecharsky, J. Luo, Ravi L. Hadimani

Ravi L. Hadimani

The triboelectric energy generators prepared using the combination of self-polarized, high beta-phase nanocomposite films of Gd5Si4-PVDF and polyamide-6 (PA-6) films have generated significantly higher voltage of 425 V, short-circuit current density of 30 mA/m(2) and a charge density of similar to 116.7 C/m(2) as compared to corresponding values of 300 V, 30 mA/m(2) and 94.7 mu C/m(2), respectively for the pristine PVDF-(PA-6) combination. The magnetic measurements of the Gd5Si4-PVDF films display a ferromagnetic behavior as compared to diamagnetic nature of pristine PVDF. The presence of magnetic nanoparticles in the ...


Reshaping, Intermixing, And Coarsening For Metallic Nanocrystals: Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanical And Coarse-Grained Modeling, King C. Lai, Yong Han, Peter M. Spurgeon, Wenyu Huang, Patricia A. Thiel, Da-Jiang Liu, James W. Evans Jun 2019

Reshaping, Intermixing, And Coarsening For Metallic Nanocrystals: Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanical And Coarse-Grained Modeling, King C. Lai, Yong Han, Peter M. Spurgeon, Wenyu Huang, Patricia A. Thiel, Da-Jiang Liu, James W. Evans

James W. Evans

Self-assembly of supported 2D or 3D nanocrystals (NCs) by vacuum deposition and of 3D NCs by solution-phase synthesis (with possible subsequent transfer to a support) produces intrinsically nonequilibrium systems. Individual NCs can have far-from-equilibrium shapes and composition profiles. The free energy of NC ensembles is lowered by coarsening which can involve Ostwald ripening or Smoluchowski ripening (NC diffusion and coalescence). Preservation of individual NC structure and inhibition of coarsening are key, e.g., for avoiding catalyst degradation. This review focuses on postsynthesis evolution of metallic NCs. Atomistic-level modeling typically utilizes stochastic lattice-gas models to access appropriate time and length scales ...


Reshaping, Intermixing, And Coarsening For Metallic Nanocrystals: Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanical And Coarse-Grained Modeling, King C. Lai, Yong Han, Peter M. Spurgeon, Wenyu Huang, Patricia A. Thiel, Da-Jiang Liu, James W. Evans Jun 2019

Reshaping, Intermixing, And Coarsening For Metallic Nanocrystals: Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanical And Coarse-Grained Modeling, King C. Lai, Yong Han, Peter M. Spurgeon, Wenyu Huang, Patricia A. Thiel, Da-Jiang Liu, James W. Evans

Wenyu Huang

Self-assembly of supported 2D or 3D nanocrystals (NCs) by vacuum deposition and of 3D NCs by solution-phase synthesis (with possible subsequent transfer to a support) produces intrinsically nonequilibrium systems. Individual NCs can have far-from-equilibrium shapes and composition profiles. The free energy of NC ensembles is lowered by coarsening which can involve Ostwald ripening or Smoluchowski ripening (NC diffusion and coalescence). Preservation of individual NC structure and inhibition of coarsening are key, e.g., for avoiding catalyst degradation. This review focuses on postsynthesis evolution of metallic NCs. Atomistic-level modeling typically utilizes stochastic lattice-gas models to access appropriate time and length scales ...


Reshaping, Intermixing, And Coarsening For Metallic Nanocrystals: Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanical And Coarse-Grained Modeling, King C. Lai, Yong Han, Peter M. Spurgeon, Wenyu Huang, Patricia A. Thiel, Da-Jiang Liu, James W. Evans Jun 2019

Reshaping, Intermixing, And Coarsening For Metallic Nanocrystals: Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanical And Coarse-Grained Modeling, King C. Lai, Yong Han, Peter M. Spurgeon, Wenyu Huang, Patricia A. Thiel, Da-Jiang Liu, James W. Evans

Patricia A. Thiel

Self-assembly of supported 2D or 3D nanocrystals (NCs) by vacuum deposition and of 3D NCs by solution-phase synthesis (with possible subsequent transfer to a support) produces intrinsically nonequilibrium systems. Individual NCs can have far-from-equilibrium shapes and composition profiles. The free energy of NC ensembles is lowered by coarsening which can involve Ostwald ripening or Smoluchowski ripening (NC diffusion and coalescence). Preservation of individual NC structure and inhibition of coarsening are key, e.g., for avoiding catalyst degradation. This review focuses on postsynthesis evolution of metallic NCs. Atomistic-level modeling typically utilizes stochastic lattice-gas models to access appropriate time and length scales ...


Mechanisms Of Enhanced Thermal Stability Of Polarization In Lead-Free (Bi 1/2na 1/2) 0.94ba 0.06tio 3/Zno Ceramic Composites, Zhongming Fan, Lin Zhou, Tae-Hoon Kim, Ji Zhang, Shan-Tao Zhang, Xiaoli Tan Jun 2019

Mechanisms Of Enhanced Thermal Stability Of Polarization In Lead-Free (Bi 1/2na 1/2) 0.94ba 0.06tio 3/Zno Ceramic Composites, Zhongming Fan, Lin Zhou, Tae-Hoon Kim, Ji Zhang, Shan-Tao Zhang, Xiaoli Tan

Xiaoli Tan

(Bi 1/2Na 1/2)TiO 3-based solid solutions, one of the major systems of lead-free piezoelectric ceramics, exhibit a low thermal depolarization temperature ( T d~100°C). It was reported that by incorporating 30 mol% ZnO particles to form a ceramic composite of (Bi 1/2Na 1/2) 0.94Ba 0.06TiO 3/ZnO, the depolarization process can be shifted up to ~250 °C. In the present work, a variety of advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques, including in situ heating, annular bright-field, high-angle annular dark-field, geometric phase analysis, energy-dispersive spectrum and electron energy-loss spectroscopy, are employed to investigate the ...


Structure And High Performance Of Lead-Free (K0.5na0.5)Nbo3 Piezoelectric Nanofibers With Surface-Induced Crystallization At Lowered Temperature, Yasmin Mohamed Yousry, Kui Tao, Xiaoli Tan, Ayman Mahmoud Mohamed, Yumei Wang, Shuting Chen, Seeram Ramakrishna Jun 2019

Structure And High Performance Of Lead-Free (K0.5na0.5)Nbo3 Piezoelectric Nanofibers With Surface-Induced Crystallization At Lowered Temperature, Yasmin Mohamed Yousry, Kui Tao, Xiaoli Tan, Ayman Mahmoud Mohamed, Yumei Wang, Shuting Chen, Seeram Ramakrishna

Xiaoli Tan

Lead-free potassium and sodium niobate (KNN) nanofiber webs with random and aligned configurations were prepared by electrospinning process from polymer-modified chemical solution. The crystallization process, structure, composition, dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of the nanofibers and nanofiber webs were investigated. Theoretical analysis and experimental results showed that the surface-induced heterogeneous nucleation resulted in the remarkable lower crystallization temperature for the KNN nanofibers with {100} orientation of the perovskite phase in contrast to the bulk KNN gel, and thus well-controlled chemical stoichiometry. Low dielectric loss, large electric polarization, and high piezoelectric performance were obtained in the nanofiber webs. In particular, the ...


Permeability Of Oxygen And Carbon Dioxide Through Pinholes In Barrier Coatings, Petri Johansson, Johanna Lahti, Jorma Vihinen, Jurkka Kuusipalo Jun 2019

Permeability Of Oxygen And Carbon Dioxide Through Pinholes In Barrier Coatings, Petri Johansson, Johanna Lahti, Jorma Vihinen, Jurkka Kuusipalo

Journal of Applied Packaging Research

Abstract

Packaging materials are typically made of multilayer structures combining polymers, metals and inorganic materials. Multilayer structures are selected in order to optimize the thickness and performance in packaging applications. Atomic layer deposited (ALD) aluminium oxide (Al2O3) layer provides good barrier properties against oxygen and carbon dioxide gases i.e. permeation of gases through ALD coated polymer films will reduce remarkably. The target was to study the effect of pinholes on the oxygen and carbon dioxide permeability of ALD coated extrusion-coated packaging paper. Pinholes were artificially generated by ultra violet (UV) laser drilling through the polymer layer ...


Investigation Of Nondestructive Testing Methods For Friction Stir Welding, Hossein Taheri, Margaret Kilpatrick, Matthew Norvalls, Warren Harper, Lucas Koester, Timothy Bigelow, Leonard J. Bond Jun 2019

Investigation Of Nondestructive Testing Methods For Friction Stir Welding, Hossein Taheri, Margaret Kilpatrick, Matthew Norvalls, Warren Harper, Lucas Koester, Timothy Bigelow, Leonard J. Bond

Timothy A. Bigelow

Friction stir welding is a method of materials processing that enables the joining of similar and dissimilar materials. The process, as originally designed by The Welding Institute (TWI), provides a unique approach to manufacturing—where materials can be joined in many designs and still retain mechanical properties that are similar to, or greater than, other forms of welding. This process is not free of defects that can alter, limit, and occasionally render the resulting weld unusable. Most common amongst these defects are kissing bonds, wormholes and cracks that are often hidden from visual inspection. To identify these defects, various nondestructive ...


Structure And High Performance Of Lead-Free (K0.5na0.5)Nbo3 Piezoelectric Nanofibers With Surface-Induced Crystallization At Lowered Temperature, Yasmin Mohamed Yousry, Kui Tao, Xiaoli Tan, Ayman Mahmoud Mohamed, Yumei Wang, Shuting Chen, Seeram Ramakrishna Jun 2019

Structure And High Performance Of Lead-Free (K0.5na0.5)Nbo3 Piezoelectric Nanofibers With Surface-Induced Crystallization At Lowered Temperature, Yasmin Mohamed Yousry, Kui Tao, Xiaoli Tan, Ayman Mahmoud Mohamed, Yumei Wang, Shuting Chen, Seeram Ramakrishna

Materials Science and Engineering Publications

Lead-free potassium and sodium niobate (KNN) nanofiber webs with random and aligned configurations were prepared by electrospinning process from polymer-modified chemical solution. The crystallization process, structure, composition, dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of the nanofibers and nanofiber webs were investigated. Theoretical analysis and experimental results showed that the surface-induced heterogeneous nucleation resulted in the remarkable lower crystallization temperature for the KNN nanofibers with {100} orientation of the perovskite phase in contrast to the bulk KNN gel, and thus well-controlled chemical stoichiometry. Low dielectric loss, large electric polarization, and high piezoelectric performance were obtained in the nanofiber webs. In particular, the ...


Reshaping, Intermixing, And Coarsening For Metallic Nanocrystals: Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanical And Coarse-Grained Modeling, King C. Lai, Yong Han, Peter M. Spurgeon, Wenyu Huang, Patricia A. Thiel, Da-Jiang Liu, James W. Evans Jun 2019

Reshaping, Intermixing, And Coarsening For Metallic Nanocrystals: Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanical And Coarse-Grained Modeling, King C. Lai, Yong Han, Peter M. Spurgeon, Wenyu Huang, Patricia A. Thiel, Da-Jiang Liu, James W. Evans

Chemistry Publications

Self-assembly of supported 2D or 3D nanocrystals (NCs) by vacuum deposition and of 3D NCs by solution-phase synthesis (with possible subsequent transfer to a support) produces intrinsically nonequilibrium systems. Individual NCs can have far-from-equilibrium shapes and composition profiles. The free energy of NC ensembles is lowered by coarsening which can involve Ostwald ripening or Smoluchowski ripening (NC diffusion and coalescence). Preservation of individual NC structure and inhibition of coarsening are key, e.g., for avoiding catalyst degradation. This review focuses on postsynthesis evolution of metallic NCs. Atomistic-level modeling typically utilizes stochastic lattice-gas models to access appropriate time and length scales ...


Surface Engineering Of Annealed High Entropy Alloys Towards Thermodynamically Stable, Anti-Oxidation, Solar Selective Absorbers, Sheppard R. Somers Jun 2019

Surface Engineering Of Annealed High Entropy Alloys Towards Thermodynamically Stable, Anti-Oxidation, Solar Selective Absorbers, Sheppard R. Somers

ENGS 88 Honors Thesis (AB Students)

Concentrating solar power (CSP) systems require receivers that maintain their physical properties at the high operating temperature and are absorbent. The high entropy alloy Fe28.2Ni18.8Mn32.9Al14.1Cr6 (HEA) investigated in this thesis fills these needs by harnessing the HEA’s oxidation process to create a selective solar absorbing layer that grows at a parabolic rate at CSP operating temperatures. Results of this research demonstrate that annealing processes of HEA can yield over 90% solar thermal efficiency by engineering the surface oxidation to be both physically and optically optimized for absorption.


Quantifying Bonding Characteristics Between Uhpc And Normal-Strength Concrete For Bridge Deck Application, Sriram Aaleti, Sri Sritharan Jun 2019

Quantifying Bonding Characteristics Between Uhpc And Normal-Strength Concrete For Bridge Deck Application, Sriram Aaleti, Sri Sritharan

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Publications

Ultrahigh performance concrete (UHPC) is an advanced cementitious material which has excellent mechanical and durability properties, making it appropriate for the rehabilitation of concrete structures. This paper investigates the usage of a thin layer of UHPC overlaying a normal strength concrete (NC) deck. The behavior of the interface connection will have a significant impact on the overall structural and durability performance of the UHPC-NC composite deck system. An integrated experimental and analytical study was conducted to understand the influence of several variables, such as normal concrete strength, interface roughness, and curing condition on the shear transfer behavior across the interface ...


Binary 2d Morphologies Of Polymer Phase Separation: Dataset And Python Toolbox, Viraj Shah, Ameya Joshi, Balaji Sesha Sarath Pokuri, Sambuddha Ghosal, Soumik Sarkar, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, Chinmay Hegde May 2019

Binary 2d Morphologies Of Polymer Phase Separation: Dataset And Python Toolbox, Viraj Shah, Ameya Joshi, Balaji Sesha Sarath Pokuri, Sambuddha Ghosal, Soumik Sarkar, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, Chinmay Hegde

Baskar Ganapathysubramanian

Study of the intricate connection between the design of material distributions (also called morphology or microstructure) and the final properties of the material system has been an attractive research theme for material science community. Such analysis provides ability to synthesize the microstructures exhibiting desired properties. This theme encompasses several material systems including porous materials [26], steels and welds [2], composites [14], powder metallurgy [28], 3D printing [22], energy storage devices as batteries [10], and energy converting devices like bulk hetero-junction solar cells [20]. Microstructure-sensitive design has been used to tailor a wide variety of properties including strengths, heat and mass ...


Project Excel: Web-Based Scanning Electron Microscopy For K-12 Education, L. Scott Chumbley, Connie P. Hargrave, Kristen P. Constant, Brian Hand, Thomas Andre, E. Ann Thompson May 2019

Project Excel: Web-Based Scanning Electron Microscopy For K-12 Education, L. Scott Chumbley, Connie P. Hargrave, Kristen P. Constant, Brian Hand, Thomas Andre, E. Ann Thompson

Constance P. Hargrave

Project ExCEL (Extended Classroom for Enhanced Learning) brings the capabilities of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) into classrooms. University and industry personnel, working together, have developed a web-based interface to allow schools to control a modern SEM. The interface allows a user control of the operating parameters of the microscope, stage movement, and chemical analysis. Such total control is not available on any other system. Since Iowa State University (ISU) pioneered the idea of remote SEM for education, researchers have learned that providing teachers access to sophisticated equipment does not ensure that it will be used. Teachers are busy, and structured ...


Project Excel—Web-Based Sem For K–12 Education, L. Scott Chumbley, Kristen P. Constant, Connie P. Hargrave, Tom Andre May 2019

Project Excel—Web-Based Sem For K–12 Education, L. Scott Chumbley, Kristen P. Constant, Connie P. Hargrave, Tom Andre

Constance P. Hargrave

The goal of Project ExCEL, the Extended Classroom for Enhanced Learning, is to bring the capabilities of Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) into elementary and secondary classrooms. We have developed an entirely web-based interface to allow schools to control a modern SEM. The web interface allows a remote user complete control of all the operating parameters of the microscope, including stage movement and x-ray chemical analysis. Such total control currently is not available on any other system. Since pioneering the idea of remote SEM use for K-12 education in the early 1990s, we have learned that merely providing schools and teachers ...


In-Vitro Comparative Evaluation Of The Physical Properties Of Three Dimensional-Printed And Milled High Performance Ceramics, Laura Torrecillas-Martinez May 2019

In-Vitro Comparative Evaluation Of The Physical Properties Of Three Dimensional-Printed And Milled High Performance Ceramics, Laura Torrecillas-Martinez

Dental Theses

Aim: to investigate the potential role of 3D printing to produce zirconia

restorations and to assess the mechanical properties of the 3D printed zirconia.

Hypotheses: 1) The flexural strength of 3D printed yttria-stabilized zirconia is comparable or superior to milled yttria-stabilized, isostatic pressed zirconia, and 2) thermocycling and chewing simulation does not affect the flexural strength of 3D printed yttria-stabilized zirconia.

Material and methods: 30 bars of printed yttria-stabilized zirconia and 10 bars of milled yttria-stabilized, isostatic pressed zirconia were utilized in this study. Printed zirconia bars were divided in 3 groups (10 bars per group): untreated, thermocycling and chewing ...


Investigation Of Nondestructive Testing Methods For Friction Stir Welding, Hossein Taheri, Margaret Kilpatrick, Matthew Norvalls, Warren Harper, Lucas Koester, Timothy Bigelow, Leonard J. Bond May 2019

Investigation Of Nondestructive Testing Methods For Friction Stir Welding, Hossein Taheri, Margaret Kilpatrick, Matthew Norvalls, Warren Harper, Lucas Koester, Timothy Bigelow, Leonard J. Bond

Electrical and Computer Engineering Publications

Friction stir welding is a method of materials processing that enables the joining of similar and dissimilar materials. The process, as originally designed by The Welding Institute (TWI), provides a unique approach to manufacturing—where materials can be joined in many designs and still retain mechanical properties that are similar to, or greater than, other forms of welding. This process is not free of defects that can alter, limit, and occasionally render the resulting weld unusable. Most common amongst these defects are kissing bonds, wormholes and cracks that are often hidden from visual inspection. To identify these defects, various nondestructive ...


Investigating The Rapid Curing Possibility Of Geopolymer Concrete, Ashlesh Banjara May 2019

Investigating The Rapid Curing Possibility Of Geopolymer Concrete, Ashlesh Banjara

Master's Theses

Recent studies of heat-cured fly ash based green geopolymer concrete have shown its suitability for fabrication of structural members. Fabrication of these structural members requires continuous moderate heating (145°F) for 24 hrs, and an oven essential, for a large member can quickly turn into an energy guzzler, potentially eliminating the green credentials of the product. The proposed research involves the development of a frontal polymerization (FP) method that achieves rapid curing of geopolymer at ambient condition after short-term heat application. Initial work shows thermal FP in geopolymer is a possibility and might be a solution to the problem. The ...


Coinage Metal–Sulfur Complexes: Stability On Metal(111) Surfaces And In The Gas Phase, Jiyoung Lee, Theresa L. Windus, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans, Da-Jiang Liu May 2019

Coinage Metal–Sulfur Complexes: Stability On Metal(111) Surfaces And In The Gas Phase, Jiyoung Lee, Theresa L. Windus, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans, Da-Jiang Liu

James W. Evans

We provide a comprehensive theoretical assessment at the level of density functional theory (DFT) of the stability of various coinage metal–sulfur complexes, both in the gas phase and also for the complexes adsorbed on the (111) surface of the same coinage metal. Our primary interest lies in the latter where earlier scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) experiments were interpreted to suggest the existence of adsorbed S-decorated metal trimers, sometimes as a component of more complex adlayer structures. Recent STM studies at 5 K directly observed other isolated adsorbed metal–sulfur complexes. For these adsorbed species, we calculate various aspects of ...


Coinage Metal–Sulfur Complexes: Stability On Metal(111) Surfaces And In The Gas Phase, Jiyoung Lee, Theresa L. Windus, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans, Da-Jiang Liu May 2019

Coinage Metal–Sulfur Complexes: Stability On Metal(111) Surfaces And In The Gas Phase, Jiyoung Lee, Theresa L. Windus, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans, Da-Jiang Liu

Patricia A. Thiel

We provide a comprehensive theoretical assessment at the level of density functional theory (DFT) of the stability of various coinage metal–sulfur complexes, both in the gas phase and also for the complexes adsorbed on the (111) surface of the same coinage metal. Our primary interest lies in the latter where earlier scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) experiments were interpreted to suggest the existence of adsorbed S-decorated metal trimers, sometimes as a component of more complex adlayer structures. Recent STM studies at 5 K directly observed other isolated adsorbed metal–sulfur complexes. For these adsorbed species, we calculate various aspects of ...


Coinage Metal–Sulfur Complexes: Stability On Metal(111) Surfaces And In The Gas Phase, Jiyoung Lee, Theresa L. Windus, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans, Da-Jiang Liu May 2019

Coinage Metal–Sulfur Complexes: Stability On Metal(111) Surfaces And In The Gas Phase, Jiyoung Lee, Theresa L. Windus, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans, Da-Jiang Liu

Theresa Windus

We provide a comprehensive theoretical assessment at the level of density functional theory (DFT) of the stability of various coinage metal–sulfur complexes, both in the gas phase and also for the complexes adsorbed on the (111) surface of the same coinage metal. Our primary interest lies in the latter where earlier scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) experiments were interpreted to suggest the existence of adsorbed S-decorated metal trimers, sometimes as a component of more complex adlayer structures. Recent STM studies at 5 K directly observed other isolated adsorbed metal–sulfur complexes. For these adsorbed species, we calculate various aspects of ...


Self-Healing Materials For Soft-Matter Machines And Electronics, Michael D. Bartlett, Michael D. Dickey, Carmel Majidi May 2019

Self-Healing Materials For Soft-Matter Machines And Electronics, Michael D. Bartlett, Michael D. Dickey, Carmel Majidi

Michael Bartlett

The emergence of soft machines and electronics creates new opportunities to engineer robotic systems that are mechanically compliant, deformable, and safe for physical interaction with the human body. Progress, however, depends on new classes of soft multifunctional materials that can operate outside of a hard exterior and withstand the same real-world conditions that human skin and other soft biological materials are typically subjected to. As with their natural counterparts, these materials must be capable of self-repair and healing when damaged to maintain the longevity of the host system and prevent sudden or permanent failure. Here, we provide a perspective on ...


Fracture Toughness Improvement Of 𝐀𝐥𝟐𝐎𝟑 Ceramics By Grain Size Control And Ductile Phase Reinforcement, Kesong Wang May 2019

Fracture Toughness Improvement Of 𝐀𝐥𝟐𝐎𝟑 Ceramics By Grain Size Control And Ductile Phase Reinforcement, Kesong Wang

Engineering and Applied Science Theses & Dissertations

This study used grain size control and ductile phase reinforcement to improve fracture toughness of 𝐀𝐥𝟐𝐎𝟑 ceramics. Alpha alumina particles of 100 nm, 0.5-1 micrometers, and 10 micrometers were coated with 1-5 nm nickel by electroless nickel plating (ENP). The coated powders were consolidated at 1200℃-1500℃ by spark plasma sintering (SPS). The sintered samples were annealed at 1100 oC for 1.5 hours and 10 hours to determine the effect of post sintering annealing on hardness and fracture toughness. Density of the samples were measured by the standard Archimedes method using a 5 mL pycnometer. Hardness values were ...


Observation Of Η-Al41sm5 Reveals Motif-Aware Structural Evolution In Al-Sm Alloys, Zhuo Ye, F. Meng, Feng Zhang, Yang Sun, L. Yang, S. H. Zhou, Ralph E. Napolitano, Mikhail I. Mendelev, Ryan T. Ott, Matthew J. Kramer, Cai-Zhuang Wang, Kai-Ming Ho May 2019

Observation Of Η-Al41sm5 Reveals Motif-Aware Structural Evolution In Al-Sm Alloys, Zhuo Ye, F. Meng, Feng Zhang, Yang Sun, L. Yang, S. H. Zhou, Ralph E. Napolitano, Mikhail I. Mendelev, Ryan T. Ott, Matthew J. Kramer, Cai-Zhuang Wang, Kai-Ming Ho

Ralph E. Napolitano

Using an effective genetic algorithm, we uncover the structure of a metastable Al41Sm5 phase that supplements its family sharing similar short-range orders. The phase evolves upon heating an amorphous Al-9.7 at.% Sm ribbon, produced by melt-spinning. The dynamical phase selection is discussed with respect to the structural connections between the short-range packing motifs in the amorphous precursor and those observed in the selected phases. The phase elucidated here is one of several newly discovered large-unit-cell phases found to form during devitrification from the glass in this binary system, further illustrating the power and efficiency of our approach, the important ...


Self-Healing Materials For Soft-Matter Machines And Electronics, Michael D. Bartlett, Michael D. Dickey, Carmel Majidi May 2019

Self-Healing Materials For Soft-Matter Machines And Electronics, Michael D. Bartlett, Michael D. Dickey, Carmel Majidi

Materials Science and Engineering Publications

The emergence of soft machines and electronics creates new opportunities to engineer robotic systems that are mechanically compliant, deformable, and safe for physical interaction with the human body. Progress, however, depends on new classes of soft multifunctional materials that can operate outside of a hard exterior and withstand the same real-world conditions that human skin and other soft biological materials are typically subjected to. As with their natural counterparts, these materials must be capable of self-repair and healing when damaged to maintain the longevity of the host system and prevent sudden or permanent failure. Here, we provide a perspective on ...


Synergy And Timing: A Concurrent Mass Medical Campaign Predicted To Augment Indoor Residual Spraying For Malaria, Richard C. Elliott, David L. Smith, Dorothy C. Echodu May 2019

Synergy And Timing: A Concurrent Mass Medical Campaign Predicted To Augment Indoor Residual Spraying For Malaria, Richard C. Elliott, David L. Smith, Dorothy C. Echodu

Materials Science and Engineering Faculty Publications and Presentations

Background: Control programmes for high burden countries are tasked with charting effective multi-year strategies for malaria control within significant resource constraints. Synergies between different control tools, in which more than additive benefit accrues from interventions used together, are of interest because they may be used to obtain savings or to maximize health impact per expenditure. One commonly used intervention in sub-Saharan Africa is indoor residual spraying (IRS), typically deployed through a mass campaign. While possible synergies between IRS and long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) have been investigated in multiple transmission settings, coordinated synergy between IRS and other mass medical distribution campaigns ...


Efficient Solar-To-Thermal Energy Conversion And Storage With High-Thermal-Conductivity And Form-Stabilized Phase Change Composite Based On Wood-Derived Scaffolds, Bolin Chen, Meng Han, Bowei Zhang, Gaoyuan Ouyang, Behrouz Shafei, Xinwei Wang, Shan Hu May 2019

Efficient Solar-To-Thermal Energy Conversion And Storage With High-Thermal-Conductivity And Form-Stabilized Phase Change Composite Based On Wood-Derived Scaffolds, Bolin Chen, Meng Han, Bowei Zhang, Gaoyuan Ouyang, Behrouz Shafei, Xinwei Wang, Shan Hu

Shan Hu

Solar-to-thermal energy conversion is one of the most efficient ways to harvest solar energy. In this study, a novel phase change composite with porous carbon monolith derived from natural wood is fabricated to harvest solar irradiation and store it as thermal energy. Organic phase change material n-octadecane is physically adsorbed inside the porous structure of the carbonized wood, and a thin graphite coating encapsulates the exterior of the wood structure to further prevent n-octadecane leakage. The carbonized wood scaffold and the graphite coating not only stabilize the form of the n-octadecane during phase change, but also enhance its thermal conductivity ...


Liquid Metal-Elastomer Soft Composites With Independently Controllable And Highly Tunable Droplet Size And Volume Loading, Ravi Tutika, Steven Kmiec, A. B. M. Tahidul Haque, Steve W. Martin, Michael D. Bartlett May 2019

Liquid Metal-Elastomer Soft Composites With Independently Controllable And Highly Tunable Droplet Size And Volume Loading, Ravi Tutika, Steven Kmiec, A. B. M. Tahidul Haque, Steve W. Martin, Michael D. Bartlett

Michael Bartlett

Soft composites are critical for soft and flexible materials in energy harvesting, actuators, and multifunctional devices. One emerging approach to create multifunctional composites is through the incorporation of liquid metal (LM) droplets such as eutectic gallium indium (EGaIn) in highly deformable elastomers. The microstructure of such systems is critical to their performance, however, current materials lack control of particle size at diverse volume loadings. Here, we present a fabrication approach to create liquid metal-elastomer composites with independently controllable and highly tunable droplet size (100 nm ≦ D ≦ 80 μm) and volume loading (0 ≦ φ ≦ 80%). This is achieved through a combination ...