Intelligence of Heterogeneous MaterialsStructures

Project: Research project

Project Details


Intelligence of Heterogeneous MaterialsStructures "Intelligence" of Heterogeneous Materials/Structures The Lead PI performed her graduate research in nanorheology of polymer brushes (1992-1996) and conducted applied research of surface, thermal and rheology characterization during her industrial employment (1996-2002). Since 2002, she has been focusing on solid-stabilized emulsions (Pickering emulsions) and interfacial particle self-assembly/dynamics and is recognized as one of the leaders in understanding Pickering emulsions, developing interfacial microrheology, understanding interfacial nanoparticle self-assembly using molecular dynamics simulations, and developing solid-stabilized emulsion polymerization. Her current projects include synthesis of core-shell composite nanoparticles, recycling of printed circuit boards using a supercritical fluid process, understanding ionic liquid based Pickering emulsions, and developing the next generation of dispersants for oil drilling, recovery and clean-up; none of them overlaps with this proposal. In addition, the PI has served as either the PI or a co-PI for over $12 million grants; no of them is related to the project proposed in this proposal. The proposed work can potentially lead to a range of transformative and innovative developments in intelligent heterogeneous material-based applications in multiple fields. It also enables the Lead PI to expand her experience from soft materials only to an integration of soft/hard materials. The effective integration of soft/hard materials meanwhile validating concurrent deformation is new to her and is of challenge to the science community. In addition, the environmental responsiveness, concurrent deformation, multiphysics modeling and simulations of crystalline materials and their potential applications in stretchable electronics and energy generation are new topics to the Lead PI and her research group. The proposed project will also enable her and the students to develop skills in applying theoretical and numerical methods to facilitate experimental work. Finally, it is worthwhile to note that the project will be transformative meanwhile be highly successful, evidenced by the breakthrough preliminary proof-of-concepts and the past research productivities of the PI and co-PI.
Effective start/end date9/1/128/31/16


  • ACS: Petroleum Research Fund: $100,000.00


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