The Materials Simulation Lab in the Engineering Building Room 1105 is directed by Yue Qui and Phillip Eisenlohr.

The potential for developing new useful materials is virtually unbounded, both from a nanoscale perspective and from a biomaterials perspective. Nanomaterials research impacts on our nanomedicine efforts, on infrastructure security research, and on alternative energy efforts, inter alia. We also have growing strength in surface coating technology, which impacts on both health and manufacturing problems.

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New Materials Simulation Lab

New Materials Simulation Lab will advance materials by harnessing the power of computer simulations

The College of Engineering celebrated the opening of a new lab space for the Materials Simulation Laboratory in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CHEMS) on Monday, Aug. 7.

The new lab space currently hosts about 15 researchers, mostly PhD students.

 The lab has an open floor plan and is located in Room 1105 on the first floor of the College of Engineering Building.

Yue Qi and Philip Eisenlohr, both associate professors in CHEMS, established the lab in the fall of 2013. It has been building multi-scale modeling tools to simulate and design materials for Li-ion batteries, fuel cells and lightweight materials for desired functionality and mechanical properties.

Donald Morelli, chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, said theory, computation, and numerical simulation are playing more important roles in the design and functioning of advanced materials.

“This new computational laboratory will allow our faculty to continue to pursue ground-breaking research at the frontiers of their fields, and will be an important tool in the preparation of our students for careers in materials science and engineering in academia, government laboratories, and industry,” Morelli said.

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John R. Dorgan

The right chemistry to power the future

John R. Dorgan is one of the newest endowed chair holders at Michigan State University. An expert in polymeric materials and a nationally recognized leader in developing composite materials for manufacturing, he is the first David L. and Denise M. Lamp Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering at MSU.

Bin Tan, a newly recruited postdoctoral researcher, works with John R. Dorgan, the first David L. and Denise M. Lamp Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering at MSU.

He received a BS in chemical engineering summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1986) and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley (1991). While studying at Berkeley, he was awarded a Hertz Fellowship. He completed postdoctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany.

He served as a technical lead for the federal Institute for Advanced Composite Manufacturing Innovation, developing composite materials for wind turbines. MSU is a key partner in IACMI with an emphasis on lightweighting to improve performance and reduce costs. 

“In my project, we are trying to drive down costs by reducing the time it takes to mold a turbine blade; at the same time, we are developing new resin systems that make the wind turbines easier to recycle,” Dorgan said. 

Dorgan will be celebrated at MSU’s 2017 faculty investiture ceremony in September along with a cohort of endowed faculty recently recruited to MSU.

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Road 2 Composites

MSU co-hosts national IACMI composites workshop focused on scale-up and lightweighting 

Michigan State University co-hosted Road 2 Composites, an automotive and transportation workshop focused on scale-up, lightweighting, and high volume composites, May 16-17 in the Composite Vehicle Research Center (CVRC).

Researchers from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering -- Yiming Deng, Lalita Udpa, and Anders Rosell -- presented research from the Nondestructive Evaluation Lab.

“The response from Michigan manufacturing and the entire automotive supply chain has been overwhelming,” Drzal said. “The interest in composites is deep. It offers the potential for manufacturing expansion, job creation in vehicles, and many other areas." 

More than 200 U.S. leaders from the automotive and transportation industries gathered at the CVRC on Alliance Drive, southwest of campus, for the two-day workshop.

Live demonstrations covered topics including rapid prototyping, composites testing, and thermoplastic fabrics.

"This was a great event for interfacing, from OEMs to material suppliers - small companies and large companies," he said. "The fact that it's in Michigan is really important. Michigan State was able to show off its capabilities to the state and multiple industries."

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