Research

Faculty Research Matrix

  Research Area Faculty Expertise Strategic Initiatives

NAME

Aerospace
Engineering
Biomechanics
Design
Science
Dynamics
& Control Theory
Fluid
Mechanics
Heat Transfer
& Thermodynamics
Materials
Engineering
Solid
Mechanics
Energy
Environment
Life &
Health Sciences
Global
Initiative
Advani
Suresh G. Advani
  X Characterization and Transport Phenomena for Fuel Cells, Hydrogen Production and Storage and Hybrid Transit Vehicles X Rheology, Process Modeling and Manufacturing Science in Composites Manufacturing             X Flow of Viscous Resins, Suspensions and Non-Newtonian Fluids X Heat transfer in material processing and transport in fuel cells X Characterization of Composite Materials and Fuel Cell Membrane, Gas Diffusion Media and Flow Fields   X Light Weight Materials, Solar Thermal Cycles for Hydrogen Production, Wind Blade Manufacturing X Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Storage    
AssanisDennis Assanis
Dennis Assanis
  X Internal combustion engines, power management                 X Internal combustion engines, power management     X Internal combustion engines, power management X Internal combustion engines, power management    
Buchanan
Thomas S. Buchanan
X Engineering: musculoskeletal modeling, neural control of movement, patient-specific modeling using MRI and ultrasound, muscle mechanics. Medicine: orthopaedics, radiology, neurology, rehabilitation.           X Mechanical models of how muscles generate forces and how such forces affect loads in cartilage and ligaments; applications to osteoarthritis, stroke and sports medicine.                 X Director of the Delaware Rehabilitation Institute, which brings together faculty across campus to study physical rehabilitation.  
Buckley
Jenni Buckley
X Medical device design & mechanical testing           X Medical device design & mechanical testing; Biomechanical optimization of orthopaedic surgical procedure X               X Medical device design; best practices in medical industry-academic research partnerships  
Burris
David L. Burris
X Soft tissue tribology including cartilage, meniscus, hydrogels; lubrication and load support mechanisms; Osteoarthritis; tissue wear and degeneration, biomaterials engineering and joint replacement X Wind turbine design, tribology, and reliability; energy conservation via design and synthesis of novel low friction tribomaterials X Design and synthesis of tribological composite materials, functionally graded materials, hierarchically structured materials, multifunctional materials (strength, lubricity, dissipation of frictional power)   X Low friction, low wear polymer nanocomposites for tribological applications; design; synthesis; characterization of dispersion, mechanical properties, crystallinity, crystalline morphology, interphase, tribology X Tribo-materials to lubricate moving mechanical assemblies in extreme air and space environments X Cartilage load support and lubrication, relating tissue structure and function, relating deterioration of tissue structure and function, and understanding role in Osteoarthritis X Precision instrument design       X Solid lubricant engineering; polymers science, composites, and nanocomposites; metal matrix composites, nanocomposite tribological coatings, diamond-like carbon, Polytetrafluoroethylene, Molybdenum disulfide and composites X Contact and interface mechanics, failure of materials X Wind turbine design, tribology, and reliability; energy conservation via design and synthesis of novel low friction tribomaterials   X Osteoarthritis (OA); functional consequences of tissue wear and degeneration, early stage OA and treatment, biomaterials engineering and joint replacement  
Chou
Tsu-Wei Chou
    X Modeling & characterization of polymer-,metal- and ceramic-based fiber composites; nanocomposites   X Carbon nanotube based damage sensing of composites; modeling and characterization of carbon nanotube fibers and their composites             X Fiber composites; nanocomposites; piezoelectric materials X Micro- and nano-mechanics of anisotropic and inhomogeneous material systems       X International collaborative research programs; exchange of students and researchers
Feser
Joseph P. Feser
  X Thermoelectric power generation & cooling; design of high performance thermal materials. X Modeling/synthesis/testing of thermoelectric nanocomposites; design/experimental characterization of high performance thermal materials; thin film deposition; microfabrication, solution processed of nanostructures.   X Modeling/synthesis/testing of thermoelectric nanocomposites; design/experimental characterization of high performance heat transfer materials; thin film deposition; microfabrication; solution processed of nanostructures           X Thermoelectric power generation & cooling; experimental heat transfer using femtosecond laser diagnostics, microscale heat transport. X Modeling/synthesis/testing of thermoelectric nanocomposites; design & experimental characterization of high performance heat transfer materials; thin film deposition; microfabrication; solution processed of nanostructures.   X Waste heat recovery, thermoelectric materials and devices X Thermoelectric power generation & cooling, design/experimental characterization of high performance heat transfer materials.    
Glancey
James Glancey
    X Automation and controls for composite manufacturing processes.       X The use of composites to reduce vibration induced vascular damage in the hand and arm. X Teaching design methods and the forensics of product failures.                  
Hertz
Joshua Hertz
  X Fuel cells;
Solid oxide fuel cells;
Thin film batteries;
TiO2-based solar cells
    X Thin film growth;
Physical vapor deposition;
Nanocomposites;
Multilayer and epitaxial oxides;
Micro-power sources
            X Ceramic materials;
Oxides;
Powder processing;
Thin film processing;
Materials for microdevices
  X Fuel cells;
advanced batteries;
solar cells
     
Higginson
Jill S. Higginson
X muscle coordination; normal and pathological movement; experimental and simulation studies; musculoskeletal modeling           X Muscle coordination of normal and pathological movements; upper and lower extremity function; musculoskeletal modeling and simulation                 X osteoarthritis; stroke; rehabilitation science  
Hossain
M. Zubaer Hossain
  X Mechanics of energy absorption and conversion in heterogeneous materials (with applications in solar cells or thermoelectric generators) X Multi-scale modeling of fracture behavior in advanced materials.   X Quantum mechanics of defects, disorder, and deformation on interfacial strength, instability and transport in low-dimensional materials (such as graphene or carbon nanotube)             X Integrated modeling and design of lightweight energy efficient materials X Multiscale mechanics of fracture in heterogeneous materials (such as composites, alloys) X Mechanics of energy absorption and conversion in heterogeneous materials (with applications in solar cells or thermoelectric generators)      
Huang
Guoquan Huang
      X Probabilistic perception, estimation and control of robotic systems; robot localization and mapping; aided inertial navigation; target tracking; convex optimization; probabilistic graphical models   X Inertial navigation system     X Nonlinear estimation and control                
Keefe
Michael Keefe
    X modeling & simulation of fabric-based flexible composites; ballistic impact loading; design tools         X modeling & simulation tools for design applications, senior-design capstone       X yarn & fiber-level effects; e.g., friction, geometry, on ballistic response of flexible, fabric-based composites          
Lu
Xin (Lucas) Lu
X Soft Tissue Biomechanics; Cartilage Tissue Engineering; Cell Biomechanics           X Theory, modeling and simulation of articular cartilage; Bio-tribology of temporomandibular joint; Cell force in chondrocytes           X Mixture theory for connective tissue     X Repair of cartilage lesion; Bone marrow involved cartilage repair  
Manal
Kurt Manal
X human movement, motion analysis, neuromuscular modeling, EMG, muscle & joint contact force           X human movement, motion analysis, neuromuscular modeling, EMG, muscle & joint contact force                 X human movement, motion analysis, neuromuscular modeling, EMG, muscle & joint contact force  
Malikopoulos
Andreas Malikopoulos
      X Analysis, optimization and control of cyber physical systems; decentralized stochastic systems; stochastic scheduling and resource allocation; nonlinear optimization and convex analysis; large-scale optimization; and learning in complex systems         X Decision making in large-scale systems; and stochastic optimal control         X Connected and automated vehicles (CAVs); energy and sustainable systems; off-grid buildings      
Poulakakis
Ioannis Poulakakis
      X Dynamics & control of legged robots; collaborative decision making         X Nonlinear control theory; hybrid systems; dynamics and dynamical systems                
Prasad
Ajay K. Prasad
X Use of in-vitro models of the human nasal passage, bronchi, and alveoli to experimentally study flow patterns and mixing during breathing for pulmonary drug delivery. X Fuel cells, Li-ion batteries, wind and ocean current energy, solar-powered energy efficient homes. Director of UD Center for Fuel Cell Research.     X Use of carbon nanotubes in polymer electrolytes, and nanoengineered structures in PEM fuel cell electrodes for improved performance and durability         X Development of PIV and stereoscopic PIV; industrial mixing flows, entrainment in jets and plumes, biofluid mechanics, reactant flows in fuel cells, optimal spacing of wind turbines. X Modeling and measuring heat transfer phenomena in fuel cells, metal hydride-based hydrogen storage, and Li-ion batteries; thermochemical reactor design for generating hydrogen from concentrated sunlight. X Novel polymeric materials for fuel cell membranes; novel electrocatalysts and catalyst supports for PEM and DMFCs; novel metal foil gas diffusion layers for PEM fuel cells.   X Fuel cells for transportation; hydrogen generation using renewable solar-based methods; Li-ion batteries; wind and ocean current energy; solar-powered energy efficient homes.   X Measurement of flow patterns and mixing in the human respiratory tract using anatomically accurate in-vitro models and imaging-based diagnostic tools for pulmonary drug delivery.  
Roberts
Dustyn Roberts
X     X     X X               X  
Roy
R. Valery Roy
  X Modeling & fabrication of nano-engineered fuel cell electrodes, Optimal multiscale design of systems for electrochemical conversion, Optimal control.           X Optimal shape and topological design of engineering systems with application in fluid/structures. X Rigid body mechanics, vibration and nonlinear dynamics X Thin film flows, flow in porous media, interfacial mechanics       X Fuel cells & batteries: design, fabrication, and optimal control      
Santare
Michael H. Santare
X Director, Center for Biomechanical Engineering Research X Mechanics of electrolyte and Fuel Cell materials and structures X Micromechanics and failure analysis and characterization of Composites and Nano-composites       X Orthopedic biomechanics           X Mechanics and failure of complex material systems with micro-structure or nano-structure including advanced composites and biomaterials X Mechanics of electrolyte and Fuel Cell materials and structures      
Schwartz
Leonard W. Schwartz
  X Wind power engineering; blade aerodynamics; rotor dynamics; economics       X Airplane aerodynamics       X All aspects and speeds; Flow of liquid coatings       X Wind power engineering      
Tanner
Herbert Tanner
      X Multi-agent cyber-physical systems; hybrid systems; sensor networks; nonholonomic motion planning, navigation and control   X Stability and control design     X Modeling and analysis of hybrid dynamical systems; control design for nonholonomic systems; switching and discontinuous control               X National Security: Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; mobile sensor networks for search and exploration; radiation detection and mapping
Thostenson
Erik Thostenson
    X 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.   X Carbon Nanotubes, Polymer Nanofibers, Nanocomposites, in situ Sensing with Carbon Nanotubes, Nanomaterials Dispersion. X Composite Materials Manufacturing, Characterization and Analysis. Air Force Young Investigator Award Recipient.           X Processing, Characterization and Modeling of Fiber Composites and Nanostructured Materials, Structure/Property Relations, Carbon Nanotubes, Nanoparticles. X Modeling and Characterization of Composite Materials, Experimental Mechanics, Nanomechanics.       X Co-PI of Global Research Lab Program (Korea Institute of Materials Science).
LP Wang
Lian-Ping Wang
X Modeling and analysis of multiphase flow and flow through porous media X Simulation and modeling of complex and multiphase flows     X Transport of nanoparticles in the environment X Dynamics of moving body, simulation of flows around moving objects       X Turbulence, multiphase flow, particle-laden flow, and interfacial flow X Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning, thermal power systems       X Cloud physics, warm rain processes, turbulent collision-coalescence of cloud droplets, contaminant transport   X Interactions and research collaborations with institutions in China
LY Wang
Liyun Wang
X Mechanobiology of skeletal tissues, bioimaging, mathematical modeling, porous media           X Biomechanics of bone and cartilage, advanced bioimaging, mathematical/computatinal modeling                 X Osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, mechanobiology  
Wei
Bingqing Wei
  X Nano-enabled energy conversion and storage science and technology including supercapacitors, batteries, hydrogen generation, fuel cells and solar cells. X Synthesis and characterization of multifunctional nanocomposites   X Synthesis and device applications of different nanomaterials, including carbon nanotubes, graphene, metal oxides.             X Materials science, structures, properties, and processes.   X Nano-enabled energy conversion and storage science and technology including supercapacitors, batteries, hydrogen generation, fuel cells and solar cells. X Nanomaterials and nanotechnology for environmental applications, including separation, purification, and gas sensing.   X Research and educational collaborations with Chinese universities including Tsinghua University, Beijing Institute of Technology, and Wuhan University.
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