- Study and development of composite materials and polymeric materials that can be constantly aware of their own structural health condition. The research includes the study of "self-sensing" polymeric and composite materials that include carbon nanotube yarn sensors which are integrated, distributed and monitored through impedance measurements. The sensors can measure strain and detect initiating damage without affecting its integrity. This research may lead to the foundational technology of robust real-time and condition-based health monitoring of aerospace and other high performance structures.
- Study of carbon nanotube yarns or fibers. This research is focused on determining their mechanical, electrical, piezoresistive and thermal responses, and their tailoring and conditioning for their use in sensors in a wide variety of engineering applications.
- Fundamental studies of the thermomechanical and electrical response of laminated polymeric composite materials reinforced with carbon nanotube-based materials and development studies to create composites with superior multifunctional properties. These studies are being conducted through combined experimental, numerical and analytical approaches that include processing and fabrication, structure-property relationships, thermomechanical characterization, and multiscale modeling of constitutive behavior.
Conference Sessions and Journals' Special Issues
- 5th International Symposium on Sensor Science (I3S2017)
- American Society for Composites, 32nd Technical Conference and ASTM Committee D30 Meeting (2017), Smart and Multifunctional Composites
- Sensors, Special Issue: Structural Health Monitoring Using Carbon Nanotube Yarn-Based Sensors
- Sensors, Special Issue: Integrated Structural Health Monitoring in Polymeric Composites
- Journal of Multifunctional Composites, Special Issue: Novel Sensing Techniques and Approaches in Composite Materials
- Journal of Carbon Research, Special Issue: Carbon-Based Sensors
- Journal of Composites Science (Editorial Board)
- Journal of Multifunctional Composites (Multifunctional and Smart Composites)
Research Opportunities for Students
If you have research experience on composite materials or carbon nanotube structures and are strongly motivated to conduct scientific research, please send your resume and a personal statement of interests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Prof. Abot will contact you by email or phone if there is interest in pursuing your application and funds are available to support your studies at CUA. Thank you for your interest.