July 18, 2018

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Two group alumni obtain faculty positions

Congratulations to Polymer Composites Research Group alumni, Rafael Quirino and Will Goertzen, on their recent tenure track faculty positions at Georgia Southern University and John Brown University, respectively.

Welcome to our 2012 summer interns and scholars!

This summer, several student interns and scholars will be joining our research group through various campus research programs:

Riley Hanus – Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program, Iowa State University.

Ted Angus – Wind Energy Science, Engineering, and Policy (WESEP) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), Iowa State University.

Tim Jobes, Research Experiences for High School Teachers (RET) at CBiRC, Des Moines Lincoln High School.

Joshua Mangler, Research Experiences for High School Teachers (RET) at CBiRC, Dallas Center-Grimes, Science Department.

Professor Kessler with Hua Shu, Alexzondra Hurns, and Shea Brown at their final presentation/demonstration. Additional information about their project is available on the REU website.

Alexzondra Hurns, Summer Program for Interdisciplinary Research and Education and Emerging Interface Technologies (SPIRE-EIT), Mississippi Valley State University.

Hua Shu, Summer Program for Interdisciplinary Research and Education and Emerging Interface Technologies (SPIRE-EIT), University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Shea Brown, Summer Program for Interdisciplinary Research and Education and Emerging Interface Technologies (SPIRE-EIT), Bowie State University.

Congratulations to poster contest winners

The Polymer Composites Research Group was well represented at the MSE Department’s Annual Poster Contest, sponsored by the Industrial Advisory Board on April 27, 2012.  Congratulations to Amy Bauer and Danny Vennerberg for winning 1st place and 3rd place in the graduate division and to Riley Hanus and Mitch Rock for winning 1st place and 2nd place in the undergraduate division.

Amy Bauer’s poster titled  “Repair of BMI-cf composite panels with bisphenol E cyanate ester” won first prize in the graduate division.  Danny Vennerberg’s poster titled “Microwave Metallurgy: A New Approach for Fabricating Carbon Nanotube-Reinforced Metal Matrix” won third prize in the graduate division. 
Riley Hanus’s poster titled “Effects of Xenon radiation exposure on bio-renewable polymer” won first prize in the undergraduate division. Mitch Rock’s poster titled “Dielectric and Mechanical Characterization of Polyimide-Barium Titanate Nanocomposite Films” won second prize in the undergraduate division.

Biopolymers Research Team exhibits at International Plastics Expo

The Biopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team’s (BBRT) exhibit at the NPE 2012 International Plastics Exposition in Orlando, Florida from April 2-5. BBRT members met with show attendees and representatives from plastics companies interested in biobased products developed at Iowa State, including plastics, composites, and coatings.  More info in the March/April 2012 CCUR Newsletter.

Biopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team members (from left) Keke Chen, Gowrishankar Srinivasan, Sara Underwood, and David Grewell talk with show attendees.

Biopolymers & Biocomposites Workshop hosted at Iowa State

The Biopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team (BBRT) will be hosting the Biopolymers & Biocomposites Workshop at the Memorial Union at Iowa State University on August 14, 2012.  Several members of the Polymer Composites Research Group will be giving oral and poster presentations about our work in the field of bio-renewable polymers.  In addition, conference attendees will be touring our Polymer Characterization Lab and touring the Technology Transfer Pilot Plant. Click on Agenda for more information about the workshop speakers and activities. The Biopolymers and Biocomposites Workshop is part of a three day Plastics Workshop Series at Iowa State, including the 2012 Bioplastic Container Cropping Systems Conference on August 15 — featuring Samy Madbouly from our group talking about his work on a USDA sponsored project to develop biorenewable plant containers — and a Plastics Manufacturing Technical Resources Workshop on August 13 sponsored by the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS).

Webinar on Thermal Analysis of Thermosetting Polymers

Over 850 people registered to attend Prof. Kessler’s webinar on “Thermal Analysis and Rheology of Thermosetting Polymers” on December 5 hosted by TA Instruments and ISU’s Engineering Online Learning.  This 1 hr and 15 min seminar is available on YouTube here.

Professor Kessler honored with ISU Award for Early Achievement in Research

Professor Kessler received the ISU Award for Early Achievement in Research.  The purpose of the award is to recognize a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in research and/or creative activity unusually early in his or her professional career.
 ISU President Gregory Geoffroy and Professor Michael Kessler at the Iowa State University Convocation Ceremony, Sept. 26, 2011.

Ying and Rafael successfully defend PhD dissertations

Congratulations to Ying Xia and Rafael Quirino for successfully passing their Ph.D. defenses on October 11 & 12, respectively.  Ying’s dissertation was titled “Biorenewable polymeric materials from vegetable oils” and Rafael’s dissertation was “Natural oil-based composites reinforced with natural fillers, and conjugation/isomerization of carbon-carbon double bonds.”

 Malika Jeffries-EL, Mike Kessler, Ying Xia, and Rich Larock  Mike Kessler, Rafael Quirino, and Rich Larock
Graduation Ceremony: Drs. Rafael Quirino, Mike Kessler, and Ying Xia

Eliseo and Mitch bring home bronze in regional space grant meeting

Congratulations to Eliseo De León (left) and Mitch Rock (right) for winning 3rd place in the graduate student and undergraduate student poster competitions, respectively, at the  2011 Great Midwestern Space Grant Regional Meeting at the University of Illinois.


Tim Mauldin passes his PhD defense

Congratulations to Tim for completing his Ph.D. dissertation and successfully passing his Ph.D. defense on Sept. 21, 2011.  His dissertation, titled “Self-healing polymers – the importance of choosing an adequate healing monomer, and the olefin metathesis polymerization of agricultural oils,” is the result of five years of hard work and innovation.