Dr. Tsu-Wei Chou
Pierre S. du Pont Chair of Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Delaware
102 Spencer Lab
Newark, DE 19716
Personal website: http://sites.udel.edu/chou
Dr. Tsu-Wei Chou is the Pierre S. du Pont Chair of Engineering at the University of Delaware. Dr. Chou received the B.S. degree in civil engineering from the National Taiwan University (1963), the M.S. degree in materials science from Northwestern University (1966) and the Ph.D. degree in materials science from Stanford University. He joined the faculty of the University of Delaware in 1969. Dr. Chou also has served as a visiting professor in the following institutes: Argonne National Laboratory 1975-76, British Science Research Council 1976, the University of Witerwatersrand, South Africa 1977, National Commission for the Investigation of Space, Argentina 1981, Germany Aerospace Research Establishment 1982, London Branch Office, Office of Naval Research 1983, Tongji University, China 1990, Tokyo Science University, Japan 1990, and Industrial Research Institute, Japan 1997. Dr. Chou is an Honorary Research Professor of the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Northwestern Polytechnical University as well as an Advisory Professor of Tongji University of China. He has performed composites technology assessments in Europe and Asia for ONR and ARO, respectively.
Dr. Chou's research interests are in materials science, applied mechanics, fiber composite materials, piezoelectric materials, and nanocomposites. He has authored over 335 archival journal papers and book chapters in these areas with a total ISI citation of over 11,000. Dr. Chou is the author of the book, Microstructural Design of Fiber Composites, Cambridge University Press, England (1992), the co-author of the book, Composites Materials and Their Use in Structures, Elsevier Applied Science, London (1975), and the editor of several books. Dr. Chou is a Fellow of ASME, ASM, ASC, ACerS, TMS and AIAA, and a recipient of the Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award and the Worcester Reed Warner Medal of ASME, the Distinguished Research Award of American Society for Composites, and the Francis Alison Medal as well as the Medal of Excellence in Composite Materials of the University of Delaware. Dr. Chou is the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Composites Science and Technology. He has been recognized by ISI as one of the "Highly Cited Researchers" in the world. Dr. Chou has been named among top 100 materials scientists (ranked 34th) of the past decade (2000-2010) by Times Higher Education. Dr. Chou is honored as a World Fellow by the International Committee on Composite Materials, and is the recipient of the Nadai Medal of ASME in 2013.
- “The effective interfacial shear strength of carbon nanotube fibers in an epoxy matrix characterized by a microdroplet test,” Carbon, 50, 1271-1279 (2012), with M. Zu, Q.W. Li, Y.T. Zhu, M. Dey, G.J. Wang, W.B. Lu, J.M. Deitzel, J.W. Gillespie Jr. and J.H. Byun.
- “Electromechanical Response and Failure Behavior of Aerogel-Spun Carbon Nanotube Fibers under Tensile Loading,” Journal of Material Chemistry, 22, 6792-6798 (2012), with A.S. Wu, J.W. Gillespie Jr., D. Lashmore and J. Rioux.
- “A State-of-Art Review of Carbon Nanotube Fibers: Oppertunities and Challenges,” Advanced Materials, 24, 1805-1833 (2012), with W.B. Lu, M. Zu, J.H. Byun and B. S. Kim.
- “The use of Taguchi optimization in determining optimum electrophoretic conditions for the deposition of carbon nanofiber on carbon fibers for use in carbon/epoxy composites,” Carbon, 50, 2853-2859 (2012), with Y. Q. Wang, J. H. Byun, B. S. Kim and J. I. Song.
- “Strain rate-dependent tensile properties and dynamic electromechanical response of carbon nanotube fibers,”Carbon, 50, 3876-3881 (2012), with A.S. Wu, X, Nie, M.C. Hudspeth, W.W Chen, D. Lashmore, M. Schauer, E. Tolle and J. Rioux.
- “Characterization of carbon nanotube fiber compressive properties using tensile recoil measurement,” ACS Nano, 60, 4288-4297 (2012), with M. Zu, W. B. Lu, Q. W. Li and Y. T. Zhu.
- “Carbon nanotube fibers as torsion sensors,” Applied Physics Letters, 100, 201908-3 (2012), with A. S. Wu, X. Nie, M. C. Hudspeth, W. W. Chen, D. S. Lashmore, M. W. Schauer, Erick Towel, J. Rioux.
- "Carbon Nanotube Fibers for Advanced Composites." Materials Today, 15, 302-310 (2012), with A. S. Wu.
- “Stress relaxation in carbon nanotube-based fibers for load-bearing applications,” Carbon, 52, 347-355 (2012), with M. Zu, Q. W. Li, Y. T. Zhu, Y. Zhu, G. J. Wang, and J. H. Byun.
- “Optimization of processing parameters of the chemical vapor deposition process for synthesizing high-quality single-walled carbon nanotube fluff and roving,” Composites Science and Technology, 72, 1855-1862 (2012), with N. H. Tai, H. M. Chen, Y. J. Chen, and J. R. Liang.
- “Sensing of damage and healing in three-dimensional braided composites with vascular channels,” Composites Science and Technology, 72, 1618-1626 (2012), with A. S. Wu, A. M. Coppola, M. J. Sinnott, E. T. Thostenson, J. H. Byun, and B. S. Kim.
- “Carbon nanotube film interlayer for strain and damage sensing in composites during dynamic compressive loading,” Applied Physics Letters, 101, 221909 (2012), with A. S. Wu, W. -J. Na, W. –R. Yu, and J. –H .Byun.
- “Carbon Nanotube Fiber Based Stretchable Conductor,” Advanced Functional Materials, 23, 789–793 (2013), with M. Zu, Q.W. Li, G.J. Wang, and J. H. Byun.
- “Microstructural evolution of carbon nanotube fibers: deformation and strength mechanism,” Nanoscale, 5, 2002–2008 (2013), with X. Liu, W. B. Lu, O. M. Ayala, L. P. Wang, A. M. Karlsson, and Q. S. Yang.
- “Mechanical behavior and structural evolution of carbon nanotube films and fibers under tension: a coarse-grained molecular dynamics study,” Journal of Applied Mechanics, 80, 051015 1-9 (2013), with W. B. Lu, X. Liu, Q. W. Li, and J. H. Byun.
- “Carbon nanotube fiber based stretchable wire-shaped supercapacitors,” Advanced Energy Materials (2013), DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201300759, with P. Xu, T. L. Gu, Z. Y. Cao, B. Q. Wei, J. J. Yu, F. X. Li, J. H. Byun, W. B. Lu, Q. W. Li.
Modeling & characterization of polymer-,metal- and ceramic-based fiber composites; nanocomposites
Carbon nanotube based damage sensing of composites; modeling and characterization of carbon nanotube fibers and their composites
Fiber composites; nanocomposites; piezoelectric materials
Micro- and nano-mechanics of anisotropic and inhomogeneous material systems
International collaborative research programs; exchange of students and researchers