Composites

composite materials

The term "composites" in reference to materials science refers to engineered materials where two or more primary materials are in some way combined to make use of properties of each. These advanced materials are often developed to make materials that are lighter, stronger, more or less flexible, more or less dense than the individual components taken on their own.

Composites have lead to advances in a wide variety of fields from sports equipment that is lighter, stronger, or more impact resistant; automotive technology such as carbon fiber used to make vehicles stronger, lighter, and more fuel efficient; and building products such as "smart" windows which can selectively block heat or light on demand.

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Composites Manufacturing Technology Center, Applied Research Lab

Research Experts

James Adair
James Adair
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering and Pharmacology
(814) 863-6047
Nasim Alem
Nasim Alem
  • Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
(814) 865-7928
Allison Beese
Allison Beese
  • Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
(814) 865-1523
Long-Qing Chen
Long-Qing Chen
  • Hamer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering,
  • Engineering Science and Mechanics, and Mathematics
(814) 863-8101
T.C. Mike Chung
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
(814) 863-1394
John Hellmann
John Hellmann
  • Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
(814) 865-0163
Michael Hickner
  • Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering
  • Corning Faculty Fellow
  • @hicknergroup
(814) 867-1847
JOHN JANOWIAK
John Janowiak
  • Professor of Wood Products Engineering
(814) 863-1817
Akhlesh Lakhtakia
Akhlesh Lakhtakia
  • Charles Godfrey Binder Professor in Engineering Science and Mechanics
(814) 863-4319
Evangelos Manias
Evangelos Manias
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
(814) 863-2980

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