Our paper selected as feature article in Polymer Journal


Our publication opapern the “Characterization of particle dispersion and volume fraction in alumina filled epoxy nanocomposites using photostimulated luminescence spectroscopy” was selected as a feature article bpaper2y Polymer Journal.

The paper authored by Amanda Stevenson, Ashley Jones and S. Raghavan presents a novel method of evaluating the dispersion o alumina nanoparticles within a polymer matrix as well as creating a calibration for filler particle volume fraction. Polymer Journal publishes a wide variety of article types on cutting-edge developments in macromolecule research.


Fall Seminar – Dr. Anette Karlsson, Chair and Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware, visits UCF

As part of the MMAE Fall Seminar Series, Dr. Anette Karlsson visits UCF to present a lecture on “The microstructures of arthropod exoskeletons and the mechanical behavior of bio-inspired composites”. Dr. Karlsson visits the team’s lab to get an update on our work on Synchrotron XRD in-situ strain measurements of EB-PVD Thermal Barrier Coatings and on Characterization of alumina-filled epoxy nanocomposites using photo-stimulated luminescence spectroscopy.


International student joins research team

DSC06970John Ergin is a graduate student from Chalmers University in Sweden, working in our lab as part of the ALOX team researching stress sensing coatings using photo-stimulated luminescence spectroscopy. John received his Bachelor’s Degree in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering at Yildiz Technical University in Turkey and is set to earn his Masters Degree in Advanced Engineering Materials at Chalmers University in June 2012. Welcome, John!

Rene Diaz is UCF’s undergraduate researcher of the month for August 2011


Rene Diaz (recently graduated) has been nominated and chosen for the undergraduate of the month award based on the overall merit of the research he has conducted at UCF, entitled,  “In-Situ Strain Measurements of EB-PVD Thermal Barrier Coatings using Synchrotron X-Ray Diffraction under Thermo-Mechanical Loading”. This award recognizes excellence in undergraduate research at the University of Central Florida and honors students who have excelled in academic research under the mentorship of a UCF faculty mentor. Rene will receive a certificate as well as a write-up in the Office of Undergraduate Research’s monthly newsletter and recognition on their website.

Ashley and Rene awarded prestigious 2011 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

shapeimage_5Ashley and Rene have been awarded NSF Graduate research fellowships. The program recognizes and supports outstanding students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF’s missionshapeimage_6.  The GRFP provides support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research. The ranks of NSF Fellows include individuals who have made transformative breakthroughs in science and engineering research and have become leaders in their chosen careers and Nobel laureates

Both Ashley and Rene are active undergraduate researchers working on high impact research in our laboratory. In addition to their excellent academic and research portfolio, they have been active in mentoring and volunteering efforts. Ashley’s research has been funded by the UCF Office of Research and Commercialization In-house Research Grant and Rene has been funded by FCAAP and the NSF I-cubed program. Both Ashley and Rene have been supported by the Undergraduate Research Initiative by the UCF Office of Research and Commercialization.


SURE posters – Ashley, Talia, Rene, David and Spencer







Our laboratory’s strong presence at the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence UCF this year was felt with contributions from Talia and Ashley for their work on metal matrix composites, David and Spencer for their work on Flutter prediction for turbine blades. Rene presented his work from his summer experience at JPL on bulk metallic glass.

Invited Lecture at Harvard University – Dr Raghavan

At the invitation of IMG_0233_2Professor David Clarke, Dr Raghavan presented a
lecture at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvashapeimage_1rd University. The lecture, “In-situ studies in spectroscopy and synchrotron x-ray diffraction – mapping strain evolution in aerospace materials” was based on the unifying theme of mechanics of materials research conducted in Dr. Raghavan’s laboratory.


Rene presents at 49th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Orlando, FL

IMG_0009Reme Diaz presented his research on “In-Situ Strain Measurements of EB-PVD Thermal Barrier Coatings using Synchrotron X-Ray Diffraction under Thermo-Mechanical Loading.” at the 49th AIAA ASM meeting. The AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting is the first major multidisciplinary event of the year for aerospace scientists and engineers from around the world. It provides an ideal forum for scientists and engineers from industry, government, and academia to share and disseminate scientific knowledge and research results with a view toward new technologies for aerospace systems. This meeting is built around excellent technical paper presentation sessions. Rene’s work was funded by FCAAP.