Dr. Erik T. Thostenson
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Delaware
126 Spencer Lab
Newark, DE 19716
Personal website: http://www.me.udel.edu/thostens
Dr. Thostenson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware. Professor Thostenson's research focuses on processing and characterization of composite materials focusing on carbon nanotube and advanced fiber reinforcements toward the development of novel multifunctional composites and micro/nano mechanics modeling techniques. His research has been widely cited in the scientific literature (ISI database). During the course of his research he has developed novel processing and characterization techniques for the development of structure/property relationships in nanotube-reinforced polymer and ceramic composites. Thostenson, who also holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Delaware, performed his master's and Ph.D. research at the University of Delaware's Center for Composite Materials. Dr. Thostenson also has a Bachelors' degree in Composite Materials Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) from Winona State University.
Thostenson recently received a Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He also was the recipient of the Elsevier Young Composites Researcher Award from the American Society for Composites recognizing researchers who early in their career have made a significant impact on the science and technology of composite materials through a sustained research effort. He was also the recipient of the inaugural Hayashi International Memorial Award from the Japan Society for Composite Materials, recognizing outstanding young international researchers in the field of composites. Thostenson also received the Allan P. Colburn Prize for outstanding dissertation in the engineering and mathematical sciences (University of Delaware Office of Graduate Studies), the Roy L. McCullough Scholars Award for exceptional contributions to the literature on composite materials, and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) Outstanding Graduate Student Award.
A. S. Lim, Z. R. Melrose, E. T. Thostenson and T-W. Chou, "Damage sensing of adhesively-bonded hybrid composite/steel joints using carbon nanotubes," Composites Science and Technology, 71(9): 1183-1189 (2011)
L. M. Gao, E. T. Thostenson, Z. G. Zhang and T-W. Chou, "Sensing of Damage Mechanisms in Fiber-Reinforced Composites under Cyclic Loading Using Carbon Nanotubes," Advanced Functional Materials, 19(1): 123-130 (2009).
E. T. Thostenson and T-W. Chou, "Carbon Nanotube Networks: Sensing of Distributed Strain and Damage for Life Prediction and Self-Healing," Advanced Materials, 18(22): 2837-2841 (2006).
E. T. Thostenson and T-W. Chou, "On the Elastic Properties of Carbon Nanotube-Based Composites: Modeling and Characterization," Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 36(5): 573-582 (2003).
E. T. Thostenson, Z. F. Ren and T-W. Chou, "Advances in the Science and Technology of Carbon Nanotubes and their Composites: A Review," Composites Science and Technology, 61(13): 1899-1912 (2001).
Processing and Characterization of Composite Materials Focusing on Carbon Nanotube and Advanced Fiber Reinforcements, Novel Multifunctional Composites, Micro/Nano Mechanics Modeling Techniques, Structural Health Monitoring and Nanotube-Based Damage Sensing.
Carbon Nanotubes, Polymer Nanofibers, Nanocomposites, in situ Sensing with Carbon Nanotubes, Nanomaterials Dispersion.
Composite Materials Manufacturing, Characterization and Analysis. Air Force Young Investigator Award Recipient.
Processing, Characterization and Modeling of Fiber Composites and Nanostructured Materials, Structure/Property Relations, Carbon Nanotubes, Nanoparticles.
Modeling and Characterization of Composite Materials, Experimental Mechanics, Nanomechanics.
Multifunctional Composites for Defense Applications.
Co-PI of Global Research Lab Program (Korea Institute of Materials Science).