Research

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Since its inception in 1986 the Composite Materials and Structures Center has conducted research programs sponsored by private sector firms as well as from state and federal agencies. The CMSC can tailor programs ranging from focused investigations lasting a few weeks to more complex, multi-year efforts. In addition to contractual research, the CMSC can also engage in testing and analysis services on a time and materials basis. Click here for information on Testing and Analysis.  

See also the ongoing activities of the Composite Vehicle Research Center, a center of excellence for the design and testing of composite structures for light-weight environment-friendly, durable, and safe vehicles.

Please see below for a partial listing of research programs conducted over the past 5 years.

Sponsor Name: CYTEC Carbon Fibers LLC
Project Title: Surface Modification of Carbon Fiber Surfaces with UV Light
Award Amount: $149,196
Award Date: 8/1/09

Sponsor Name: National Science Foundation
Project Title: Design and Development of Efficient Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
Award Amount: $669,895
Award Date: 8/1/09

Sponsor Name: National Science Foundation
Project Title: MRI: Acquisition of an Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope with a 3D Dual Beam Focused Ion Beam
Award Amount: $1,453,598
Award Date: 8/1/09

Sponsor Name: Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Project Title: Reducing Cell Impedance in High Capacity Lithium Ion Batteries
Award Amount: $75,000
Award Date: 7/6/09

Sponsor Name: US Department of the Army
Project Title: Advanced Composite Materials Research for Air and Ground Vehicles
Award Amount: $4,692,747
Award Date: 6/19/09
 
Sponsor Name: Materials and Sciences Corporation
Project Title: Nanocomposites for EMI Shielding and Surface Conductivity
Award Amount: $40,000
Award Date: 5/15/09
 
Sponsor Name: Boeing Company
Project Title: Investigation into the Enhancement of Polymers with Nano Materials
Award Amount: $39,999
Award Date: 4/1/09
 
Sponsor Name: Performance Polymer Solutions Inc.
Project Title: Interfacial Characterization of Coated Fibers
Award Amount: $32,523
Award Date: 2/3/09
 
Sponsor Name: US Office of Naval Reserch, with Florida Atlantic University
Project Title: Engineering the Fiber Matrix Interphase for Naval Structural Composite Systems
Award Amount: $118,764
Award Date: 11/12/2008
 
Sponsor Name: MBI International
Project Title: Extraction and Evaluation of Cellulose NanoWhiskers from Wheat Straw for Composite Materials
Award Amount: $70000
Award Date: 8/1/08
 
Sponsor Name: US Department of Agriculture
Project Title: Development of Biobased Chemicals and Materials From Agricultural Raw Materials
Award Amount: $381,507
Award Date: 7/15/08
 
Sponsor Name: University Research Corridor
Project Title: Novel Nano-Biocarriers for Continuous Saccharification of BioMass
Award Amount: $158,216
Award Date: 6/1/08
 
Sponsor Name: Excelsior Medical Corporations
Project Title: Rheological Evaluation of TPU Ethanol Hydrolytic MW Degradation
Award Amount: $50000
Award Date: 2/8/08
 
Sponsor Name: Excelsior Medical Company
Project Title: Rheological Evaluation of TPU Ethanol Hydrolytic MW Degradation
Award Amount: $4,899
Award Date: 2/8/08
 
Sponsor Name: Michigan University Commercialization Initiative
Project Title: Metal Nanoparticle Modified Graphite NanoPlatelets for Lithium Ion Batteries
Award Amount: $61,990
Award Date: 2/1/08
 
Sponsor Name: General Dynamics Land Systems
Project Title: Electromagnetic Excitation of Graphene/Thermoplastic Composite Adhesive
Award Amount: $5,000
Award Date: 11/6/07
 
Sponsor Name: MI Transportation
Project Title: Improved Shallow Depth Patches for Concrete Structures
Award Amount: $4,245
Award Date: 10/1/07
 
Sponsor Name: National Science Foundation
Project Title: MRI: Acquisition of a Thermo-Hydroforming Stamping Press for Research and Education in Forming of Multifunctional
Award Amount: $470,200
Award Date: 9/1/07
 
Sponsor Name: US Office of Naval Research, with University of Mississippi
Project Title: Investigation of Graphite Nano-Platelet Reinforced Macro Composites
Award Amount: $74,978
Award Date: 7/16/07
 
Sponsor Name: US Office of Naval Research, with University Of Mississippi
Project Title: Blast and Impact Resistant Composite Structures for Navy Ships: Nanoreinforcement Modifications of Composites
Award Amount: $74,970
Award Date: 7/16/07
 
Sponsor Name: American GFM
Project Title: Nanographite Ink
Award Amount: $44,394
Award Date: 6/1/07
 
Sponsor Name: Michigan Economic Development Corp
Project Title: Low Cost; Multifunctional Nanomaterial Additive for Polymers and Composites
Award Amount: $2,077,191
Award Date: 12/21/06
 
Sponsor Name: Michigan Economic Development Corp
Project Title: Fundamental Studies on Multifunctional Electrospun Nanofibers for Sensor Applications
Award Amount: $659,677
Award Date: 12/21/06
 
Sponsor Name: US Office of Naval Research, with Florida Atlantic University
Project Title: Engineering the Fiber Matrix Interphase for Naval Structural Composite Systems
Award Amount: $100,511
Award Date: 12/1/06
 
Sponsor Name: US Office of Naval Research, with Florida Atlantic University
Project Title: Interphase Modification in the Carbon Fiber-Vinyl Ester Composite
Award Amount: $89,496
Award Date: 12/1/06
 
Sponsor Name: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Project Title: Fabrication of Composites Coupon Plates Using Graphene Flakes
Award Amount: $15,395
Award Date: 9/11/06
 
Sponsor Name: US Department of Agriculture
Project Title: Bioprocessing for Utilization of Agricultural Raw Materials
Award Amount: $512,942
Award Date: 7/15/06
 
Sponsor Name: Alliant Techsystems INC
Project Title: Testing Services for DTO 2006 for Resin/Fiber/Interphase Systems
Award Amount: $18,515
Award Date: 4/1/06
 
Sponsor Name: Nissan Motor Co.
Project Title: Exfoliated Graphite Nanoplatelet Polypropylene Nanocomposite Project
Award Amount: $47,158
Award Date: 4/1/06
 
Sponsor Name: Chrysler Challenge Fund
Project Title: Optimization of Adhesion of Carbon Fibers to Vinyl Ester and Epoxy Matrices for Composite Wheel Applications Part II
Award Amount: $54,028
Award Date: 4/1/06
 
Sponsor Name: Kuraray Co LTD.
Project Title: Nylon Nanocomposites-Phase II
Award Amount: $42,022
Award Date: 2/15/06
 
Sponsor Name: Kuraray American INC.
Project Title: Nylon Nanocomposites-Task D
Award Amount: $19,650
Award Date: 2/15/06
 
Sponsor Name: Toray Industries INC
Project Title: Carbon Nanotube and Carbon Fiber Surface Modification TO Improve Composite Properties
Award Amount: $13,213
Award Date: 1/4/2006
 
Sponsor Name: Gates corporation
Project Title: Nanographite/HNBR an EPDM Rubber Composites Part II
Award Amount: $65,853
Award Date: 11/1/05
 
Sponsor Name: Hot Stix Technologies
Project Title: Characterization of Golf Equipment for Different Skills-II
Award Amount: $51,129
Award Date: 9/1/05
 
Sponsor Name: Johns Manville
Project Title: Coating of the Glass Fiber Surface
Award Amount: $84,258
Award Date: 8/1/05
 
Sponsor Name: US Department of Agriculture
Project Title: Extraction of Protein and Small Molecules from Plant Materials Using Ammonium Hydrocide
Award Amount: $517,627
Award Date: 7/15/05
 
Sponsor Name: Hot Stix Technologies
Project Title: Characterization of Golf Equipment for Different Skills Level
Award Amount: $49,157
Award Date: 1/1/05
 
Sponsor Name: Environmental Protection Agency
Project Title: Sustainable Biodegradable Green Nanocomposites from Bacterial BioPlastic For Automotive Application
Award Amount: $253,099
Award Date: 1/1/04