Any major in Science or Engineering.
Materials synthesis or characterization skills are a plus.
Dr. Lin’s research program is focused on the design, fabrication, and characterization of multifunctional materials for applications such as sensing, energy storage, and multifunctional structures that are environmentally friendly.
In the last two decades, the use of composite materials in structural applications ranging from aircraft and space structures to automotive and biomedical as well as ballistic armor applications has been growing interest. These polymer based composites are being used due to their higher stiffness and strength per unit weight in comparison with aluminum and titanium alloys.
Additionally, the environmental energy harvesting to power low-energy consumption systems is becoming a growing topic for the large deployment of wireless sensor networks and increase of integration and functional density of electronics. The inclusion of pyroelectrics in woven fabric composites would allow low-energy harvesting in different applications such as the construction, aircraft, and automobile industry. This energy would allow the development of more intelligent systems
This project will address the following questions:
The students will be familiar in each stage of the research process, fabrication of woven fabric composites, composites fabrication using vacuum bagging technique, synthesis of inorganic nanowires on carbon substrates, materials characterization using scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction measurement (XRD), data acquisition and analysis using NI DAQ board, processing of experimental