CEIT

Nanomaterials Research Lab

Research

Welcome to the website of Dr. Mujibur Khan’s research group at the Nanomaterials Research Laboratory. Our group is involved in research related to the synthesis and characterization of novel nanoscale functional materials. Our investigations are focused on harnessing the superior physical and transport properties of nanomaterials to produce advanced materials for biomedical, structural and energy applications. Some of the major research projects currently being undertaken by our group are:

  • Synthesis of biocompatible core-shell nanofibers for targeted and controlled-release drug delivery applications.
  • Development of a novel CO2 capture system based on nanofibrous membranes functionalized with adsorbent nanoparticles.
  • Solution spinning of high performance hybrid nanocomposite microfibers for structural applications.
  • Investigation of multifunctional thermoelectric ceramic nanocomposite materials for structural health monitoring applications.
Nanofibers

Electrospinning of nanofibers for biomedical and structural applications

Electrospinning is a versatile process for fabricating nanoscale fibers from a jet of polymer solution drawn in the presence of a high voltage electrostatic field. Electrospun nanofibers can be customized for various applications in structural materials, filtration or separation membranes and also in biomedical applications such as drug delivery, wound dressings and tissue engineering.

The lab is equipped with a state-of-the-art MECC NF-500 Electrospinning Unit, which was acquired through funding provided by an NSF MRI grant. This is a semi-industrial scale unit capable of high volume production of micro- and nanofibers. It is a fully customizable unit capable of optimum control of processing parameters for continuous and high quality fiber production. Fibers of various morphologies and functionalities can be produced through selection of a variety of spinneret and collector configurations.

Biomedical applications

The goal of our research in this field is to develop a targeted and sustained release drug delivery system for cancer therapy. Relevant research activities which we are currently performing in this area are concerned with the production of biocompatible nanofibers with core-sheath morphological structures, which function as carriers or reservoirs for anti-cancer drugs.

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Structural Applications

We have electrospun nanofibers and microfibers of structural polymers such as poly(acrylonitrile) (PAN), poly(vinylidenefluoride) (PVDF), poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP). We have also performed melt-electrospinning of Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE).

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Functionalized adsorbent membranes for CO2 capture

We have fabricated PAN nanofiber membranes functionalized/loaded with crystalline metal oxide MOF nanoparticles for implementation as a carbon dioxide (CO2) capture system. The produced membranes are being used to design and fabricate a prototype multi-canister CO2 filter to be tested for CO2 capture efficiency from flue gases.

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High Performance Fibers

Hybrid Polymer Nanocomposite Fibers

We have investigated the synthesis and fabrication of a hybrid nanocomposite fiber system based on a combination of Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) with a secondary flexible polymer phase (Nylon-6), reinforced with carbon nanotubes. The goal of this work is to implement a high performance multi-phase fiber system possessing mutually exclusive properties of both high strength and toughness.

Spinning of fibers from Ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) using conventional melt extrusion process is challenging due to its very high entanglement density and melt flow viscosity. We have implemented a production process for fabrication of hybrid nanocomposite fibers from a blend of UHMWPE, Nylon-6 and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT), using our lab-scale solution spinning line.

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Thermoelectric Nanocomposites

Thermopower of Extrinsically Doped SiC/SWCNT Composites

We have performed experimental investigations of the thermoelectric performance of composites of silicon carbide (SiC) and extrinsically doped semiconductive single walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) composites. A novel sol-gel based process combined with high temperature sintering in a vacuum tube furnace was developed to synthesize these thermoelectric composites. The Seebeck coefficients of pristine SiC/SWCNT composites were compared with those of SiC/SWCNT doped with P-type (Boron) and N-type (Phosphorous) sol-gel diffusants. Our investigations showed a significant increase in the Seebeck coefficient upon doping of the thermoelectric SiC/SWCNT composites with B-P.

Facilities

Nanomaterials Research Lab Material Characterization Equipment

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MECC NF-500 Electrospinning Unit Solution Spinning Line
  • Thermo Scientific Microcentrifuge
  • SprintIR 20Hz 0-100% CO2 Sensor Kits
  • Talboys Model 134-2 Heavy Duty Constant Torque Mixer
  • Brookfield DV-I Prime Viscometer
  • Vacuum Tube Furnace (1200°C)
  • High Temperature Sintering Furnace (1700°C)

Available Material Characterization and Analysis Equipment

(Accessible at the Department of Chemistry and Department of Biology)

  • JEOL JSM-7600F Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) w/ Energy Dispersive X-Ray (EDS) Spectrometer and TEM attachment
  • Thermo Nicolet Avatar 370 Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectrometer
  • BioTek UV-Vis Spectrometer
  • Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope
  • TA Instruments Q100 Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) w/ cooling unit
  • TA Instruments Q50 Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA)
  • TA Instruments Q800 Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer (DMA)
  • Rigaku X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD)
  • Malvern Nano-ZS90 Zetasizer
Publications

Journal Publications

  1. M. Khan, K. Edwards, S. Absar, O. Garcia, and R. Quirino, ‘Experimental study of Thermopower of SWCNTs and SiC Nanoparticles with B-P (Born-Phosphorus) Sol-gel Dopants’, Materials Research Innovation, MRI 1786 (Under Review), 2015.
  2. M. Khan, S.Absar, H. Mahfuz, and K. Edwards, ‘Morphological Characteristics of Solution Spun Nanocomposite Fibers Synthesized from Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene, Nylon-6 and Carbon Nanotubes, Compatibilized with Polyethylene-Graft-Maleic Anhydride’, Polymer Science, Paper No: 2015/027 (Under Review), 2015.
  3. M. Khan, S. Absar, J. Denham, J. Neumann, and S. Hulsey, ‘Encapsulation of Cancer Drug 5-Fluorouracil into Polyethylene Oxide Nanofibers through Coaxial Electrospinning’, Nano Communications, Paper No: 14-40 (In Press), 2014.
  4. S. Absar, M. Khan, K. Edwards, and J. Neumann, ‘Investigation of synthesis and processing of Cellulose, Cellulose Acetate and Poly(ethylene oxide) nanofibers incorporating anti-cancer/tumor drug cis-Diammineplatinum (II) dichloride using electrospinning techniques’, Journal of Polymer Engineering, Paper No: POLYENG.2014.0341 (Revised manuscript under review), 2014.
  5. I. Shabib, M. Abu-Shams, and M. Khan, “Atomistic simulation of nanoindentation response of Fe-10%Cr bi-crystal alloys with Σ5<001> and Σ3<110> tilt boundaries”, Modelling and Simulation of Materials Science and Engineering, Paper Number: MSMSE-100961 (Under Review), 2014.
  6. M. Khan, H. Mahfuz, A. Adnan, T. Leventouri and S. Absar, ‘A Study of Mechanical Behavior and Morphology of Carbon Nanotube Reinforced UHMWPE/Nylon 6 Hybrid Polymer Nanocomposite Fiber’, Fibers and Polymers, vol. 15, no. 7, pp. 1484-1492, 2014. (Link)
  7. M. Khan, H. Mahfuz, A. Adnan, I. Shabib, and T. Leventouri, ‘Elastic Properties of UHMWPE-SWCNT Nanocomposites’ Fiber: An Experimental, Theoretic, and Molecular Dynamics Evaluation’, Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance, vol. 22, no. 6, pp. 1593-1600, 2013. (Link)
  8. M. Khan, H. Mahfuz, and T. Leventouri, ‘Effect of Strain Hardening on the Elastic Properties and Normalized Velocity of Hybrid UHMWPE–Nylon 6–SWCNT Nanocomposites Fiber’, Journal of Materials Research, vol. 27, no. 20, pp. 2657-2667, 2012. (Link)
  9. H. Mahfuz, M. Khan, T. Leventouri, and E. Liarokapis, ‘Investigation of MWCNT Reinforcement on the Strain Hardening Behavior of Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Polyethylene’, Journal of Nanotechnology, vol. 2011, pp. 1-9, 2011. (Link)
  10. M. Khan, H. Mahfuz, T. Leventouri, V. Rangari, and A. Kyriacou, ‘Enhancing Toughness of Low-density Polyethylene Filaments Through Infusion of Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes and Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Polyethylene’, Polymer Engineering & Science, vol. 51, no. 4, pp. 654-662, 2010. (Link)
  11. H. Mahfuz, M. R. Khan, Th. Leventouri, and E. Liarokapis, ‘Investigation of MWCNT Reinforcement on the Strain Hardening Behavior of Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Polyethylene’, Journal of Nanotechnology, Article ID: 637395, 2011.(Link)
  12. M. A. Rahman, and M. R. Khan, ‘Unique local deformations of the superelastic SMA rods during stress-relaxation tests’, Structural Engineering and Mechanics, vol. 22, no. 5, pp. 563-574, 2006. (Link)
  13. M. R. Khan, and Jian S. Dai, ‘Mathematical analysis of spherical linkage metamorphic robot palm with finger positions’, Journal of Mechanical Engineering, Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, vol. 36, pp. 18-26, 2006. (Link)

Conference Proceedings & Presentations

  1. S. Iqbal, S. Absar, and M. Khan, ‘Coaxial Electrospinning of Polycaprolactone Core-shell Nanofibers Encapsulating Cancer Dug 5-Fluorouracil for Active Targeted Drug Delivery’, IMECE2015-50811, Proceedings of the ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, IMECE2015, November 13-19, 2015, Houston, TX. (Abstract Submitted)
  2. F. Wahiduzzaman, S. Absar, M. Khan, and S. Harp, ‘Fabrication of PAN (Polyacrylonitrile) Nanofiber Membranes Functionalized with MOF (Metal Organic Framework) for CO2 Capturing’, IMECE2015-50806, Proceedings of the ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, IMECE2015, November 13-19, 2015, Houston, TX. (Abstract Submitted)
  3. Q. N. Sultana, S. Hulsey, S. Absar, and M. Khan, ‘Synthesis and Processing of Solution Spun Cellulose Acetate Fibers Reinforced with Carbon Nanotubes’, IMECE2015-50804, Proceedings of the ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, IMECE2015, November 13-19, 2015, Houston, TX. (Abstract Submitted)
  4. S. Absar, M. Khan, H. Mahfuz, and Q. N. Sultana, ‘Solution spinning of Hybrid Nanocomposite Fibers’, American Society for Composites 30th Annual Technical Conference, September 28-30, 2015, Michigan State University, MI. (Abstract Submitted)
  5. S. Absar, M. Khan, K. Edwards and D. Calamas, ‘Electrospinning of Cisplatin-loaded Cellulose Nanofibers For Cancer Drug Delivery’, IMECE2014-37182, Proceedings of the ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, IMECE2014, November 14-20, 2014, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Link)
  6. S. Absar, M. Khan, and K. Edwards, ‘Processing of Hybrid Nanocomposite High Performance Fibers (UHMWPE+NYLON 6+CNT+MAH) using Solution Spinning Technique’, IMECE2014-37183, Proceedings of the ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, IMECE2014, November 14-20, 2014, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Link)
  7. K. Edwards, M. Khan, R. Quirino, B. Beckler, and S. Absar, ‘Enhanced Charge Carrier Concentration of SiC/CNT with N and P Type Doping Agents’, IMECE2014-38123, Proceedings of the ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, IMECE2014, November 14-20, 2014, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Link)
  8. H. Mahfuz and M.R. Khan, ‘High Energy Fibers through Nanoparticle Reinforcement in Textile Polymers,’ Keynote Lecture, The 3rd Global Conference on Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE 2014), October 20-23, 2014, Shanghai, China.
  9. S. Absar, K. Edwards and M. Khan, ‘Electrospun Cellulose Nanofibers for Structural and Biomedical Applications’, 2014 SEM Annual Conference & Exposition, June 2-5, 2014 Greenville, SC, Paper No: 345. (Technical presentation)
  10. S. Absar, J. Denham, J. Neumann, S. Hulsey, K. Edwards, and M. Khan, ‘Electrospinning of Bio-nanofibers for Structural and Biomedical Applications’, Teacher Professional Development workshop on Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, June 2014, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA (Technical Presentation).
  11. M. Khan, ‘Synthesis and Processing of Fibers and Nanofibers for Structural and Biomedical Applications’, GSU Research Symposium 2014, April 15-16, 2014, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA. (Technical presentation)
  12. M. Khan, M. Jones, L. Bugarin, and S. Sandoval, ‘Experimental Study of Thermoelectric Properties of SWCNTs and SiC Nanoparticles and its Composites Doped with Sol-gels’, IMECE2013-65773, Proceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, November 15-21, 2013, San Diego, CA, USA. (Link)
  13. M. Khan, M. Friel, and J. Weaver, ‘Thermoelectric and Mechanical Properties of SiC+SWCNTs+B4C nanocomposites with Sol-gels diffusion’, 2013 ASME District-F Early Career Technical Conference Proceedings, ASME ECTC; November 2-3, Birmingham, AL.
  14. O. Garcia, M. R. Khan, A. R. Choudhuri, N. Love, ‘Experimental Study of Thermoelectric Properties of Randomly distributed CNTs and SiC Nanoparticles’, 2012, The AIAA JPC/IECEC 2012 Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  15. A. Chowdhury, O. Garcia, M. Khan, and L. Cabrera, ‘Thermoelectric Properties of Carbon Nanotubes’, Novel Testing and Materials, 2nd Southwest Energy Science and Engineering Symposium, El Paso, TX, March, 2012.
  16. L. Cabrera, O. Garcia, M. Khan, and A. Chowdhury, ‘Investigation of Thermoelectric Properties of SiC+SWCNT’, Energy Materials Technology, 2nd Southwest Energy Science and Engineering Symposium, El Paso, TX, March, 2012.
  17. H. Mahfuz, and M.R. Khan, ‘Advances in the Development of Polymeric Fibers with High Elastic Energy Storage Capacity’, The 9th International Conference on Mechanical Engineering, ICME2011, KN3, 18-20 December 2011, BUET, Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Key note paper and presentation)
  18. H. Mahfuz, and M.R. Khan, ‘Nanoparticle Reinforcement of Textile Polymers for Enhanced Energy Absorption’, The 4th Annual NanoScience Technology Symposium (NanoFlorida), September 30-October 1, 2011, Miami, FL. (Keynote presentation)
  19. M. R. Khan, H. Mahfuz, and V. Rangari, ‘Enhancing Strain Hardening Behavior of Ultra-high Molecular Weight Polyethylene Fibers with Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) Reinforcement’, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, IMECE2009, November 13-19, 2009, Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA.
  20. H. Mahfuz, M. R. Khan, A. Adnan, M. M. Hasan, V. K. Rangari, S. Jeelani, and V.Dhanak, ‘Advances in Nanoscale Reinforcement of Textile Polymers’, Proceedings of the 4th BSME–ASME International Conference on Thermal Engineering, 27-29 December, 2008, Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Keynote presentation)
  21. M. R. Khan, H. Mahfuz, and A. Kyriacou, ‘Synthesis and Characterization of Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) Reinforced with Functionalized CNTs, Nano-, Bio-, Cellular and Nonlinear Materials’, IMECE2008-68034, Proceedings of the ASME 2008 International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition, IMECE 2008, October 31-November 6, 2008, Boston, MA. (Link)
  22. M. R. khan, H. Mahfuz, and T. Leventouri, ‘Investigation of Infusion of Ultra-high Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) and Carbon Nanotube (CNT) into Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)’, SAMPE Fall Conference, September 8-11, 2008, Memphis TN.
  23. H. Mahfuz, M. R. khan, and T. Leventouri, ‘Reinforcement of Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) with CNT and Ultra-high Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) – A Systematic Approach to Enhance Strength, Modulus and Toughness”, US-Japan Conference on Composite Materials, June 6-7, 2008, Tokyo, Japan.
  24. J. S. Dai, and M. R. Khan, ‘Geometrical and Mathematical Model of Five-bar Spherical Linkage Metamorphic Robot palm’, ICME 05-AM-11, Proceedings of the International Conference on Mechanical Engineering, 28-30 December 2005, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  25. M.A.T. Ali, T.A.G.M., Z. N. Jubery, and M. R. Khan, ‘Study of Mean velocity and flow direction in the mixing zone of two non-axial air streams’, 4th International Conference on Mechanical Engineering, 1-4, December 26-28, 2001, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Poster Presentations

  1. M. Friel, S. Absar, J. Neumann and M. Khan, ‘Electrospinning of Bio-Nanofibers for Biocomposites and Drug Delivery’, GSU Research Symposium 2014, April 15-16, 2014, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA. View poster
  2. S. Absar, K. Edwards and M. Khan, ‘Co-axial Electrospinning of drug (Cis-platin) loaded Cellulose Acetate Nanofibers for Anti-Tumor/Anticancer Therapy’, GSU Research Symposium 2014, April 15-16, 2014, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA. View poster
  3. M. Khan, S. Harp, ‘Nanofiber Based Carbon Capture Technology to Reduce the CO2 Emissions at GSU Campus’, Sustainability Project SGA Meeting, September 24, 2014, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA. View poster
Awards
  • PI- Ultra-Tough Hybrid Nanocomposites (UHMWPE-Nylon 6-SWCT) Fiber for Light-Weight Body Armor (U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center; NSRDEC for Solicitation Number: W911QY-13-R-0032; 02/09/2015) Amount requested: $215,000.00; Proposal under preparation.
  • PI- Acquisition of a K-Alpha X-Ray Photoelectron Spectrometer for Advanced Materials Research in Georgia Southern University (DoD- Department of the Army; Proposal No. 66842-MS-RIP; 12/10/2014) Amount Requested: $472,500.00; Under Review.
  • PI- MRI: Acquisition of a NF Electrospinning system for multidiscipline nanofiber/ nanotechnology research, training and teaching (NSF-MRI Proposal, Division of Material Research- 03070000 DMR; 08/01/13 – 07/30/2016) Funding Amount: $153,000.00. Awarded (Award number # DMR 1337545).
  • PI- “Electrospinning of Aromatic Polymer Nanofibers” (Solvay Specialty Polymers, USA, LLC; 09/15/ 2014) Funding Amount: $20,000.00; Awarded (Award ID 000221-00001; 39G221).
  • PI: “Advancing content knowledge of science teachers through hands-on experiments in nanofiber and nanotechnology” (Solvay Specialty Polymers, USA, LLC; 06/15/ 2014) Funding Amount: $70,000.00; Awarded (GSU Foundation-Reference 3-4030).
  • PI- Electrospinning of bio-inspired drug-loaded core-sheath nanofibers for targeted anticancer drug delivery (Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering & Information Technology Faculty Research Seed Grant 2014; 11/4/2014) Funding Amount: $9963.00; Awarded.
  • Senior Personal & Mentor- Collaborative Multidisciplinary Investigations Through Undergraduate Research Experiences: CEMITURE (NSF-REU; 08/02/2014) Funding Amount: $270,000.00; Awarded (Award Number# 1359229).
  • PI- Faculty Development Committee (FDC) Travel Award FY 14; 10/21/2014; Funding Amount: $1,360.00; Awarded.
  • PI- Research Assistantship (RA) Investment Grant (Office of the Vice President for research and Economic Development, GSU; 06/04/2014) Funding Amount: $25500.00; Awarded.
  • PI- Nanofiber based carbon capture technology to reduce the CO2 emissions in GSU campus (Center for Sustainability, GSU, May 2014) Funding Amount: $30,044.00; Awarded.
  • PI- Ultra-Tough Hybrid Polymer/CNT Fiber for Light-Weight Composite Body Armor (Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering & Information Technology Faculty Research Seed Grant to procure a Solution Spinning Line; 3/20/2013) Funding Amount: $30,000.00; Awarded.
  • PI- Integrated synthesis, characterization and testing of nano- reinforced ultra-tough hybrid polymer fiber for light weight body armor (ORSSP faculty development research grant, GSU; 07/01/ 2013 – 06/30/2014); Funding Amount: $10,000.00; Awarded.
  • Co-PI- Si/Carbon Nanotubes Nanocomposites for Thermo-electrical Applications (College of Science & Mathematics (COSM) Interdisciplinary Pilot Grant, Georgia Southern University; 01/01/2013-12/31/2013) Funding Amount: $10,000.00; Awarded.
  • PI- Thermoelectric thermal barrier nano-coatings for high temperature applications (University Research Institute (URI) grant, University of Texas at El Paso) Funding Amount: $5000.00; Awarded.
  • Faculty Mentor/Advisor- Incorporation of fluorescent marker into nanofibers for analyzing the release mechanism of drugs for cancer therapy (CEIT-UR Research Proposal Fall 2014 for Sam Chambers; 11/04/2014) Funding Amount: $3000.00; Awarded.
  • Faculty Mentor/Advisor- Electrospun Cellulose Fibers from Kraft Pulp (CEIT-UR Research Proposal Spring 2013 for Maxwell Friel; 03/07/2013) Funding Amount: $2499.00; Awarded.
  • PI- Reduction of CO2 Exhaust Emission through MOF (Metal Organic Framework) nanoparticles loaded Nanofibrous Membranes Based Filter Technology (Selected to submit to Georgia Power; GRAPE Program 2014; 7/11/2014) Amount Requested: $99,270.00; Not Funded.
  • PI- Hybridization of nanocomposite-enhanced inorganic phase change materials (metal-doped carbon nanotubes (CNTs) nano-cluster-embedded in nitrate eutectic binary/ternary molten salts) for thermal storage in concentrated solar power (Selected to submit to Georgia Power; GRAPE Program 2014; 7/11/2014) Amount Requested: $99,736.00; Not Funded.
  • PI- Graduation Attainment Program: GAP (NSF-IUSE Proposal, Division of undergraduate education-11040000 DUE; PD 14-7513; 02/04/2014) Amount requested: $1,996,402.00; Not Funded.
  • Co-PI- STEP Pathways to Increase Graduation rates in Undergraduate Programs (STEPPING UP) (NSF-DUE; Division of undergraduate education- Proposal 11040000 DUE; NSF 11-550) Amount requested: $ 1,962,590.00; Made the 2nd tire short listed review; Not funded.
  • PI- Collaborative Research: Integrated synthesis, characterization and multiscale analysis of aligned nanotube reinforced ultra-tough hybrid polymer filaments (NSF-DMR Proposal, Division Material Research- PD 03-1773; 03070000 DMR; 05/01/13) Amount requested: $185,742.00; Not Funded.
  • PI- Collaborative Research: Processing and multiscale mechanics of hybrid ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene-nylon-nanotube nanocomposite fibers with ultra-high normalized velocity (NSF-CMMI Proposal, 07030000 CMMI; 02/01/12) Amount requested: $220,198.00; Not Funded.
  • Co-PI- Silicon carbide nanowire (SiCNW)-carbon nanotube (CNT) heterojunctions reinforced SiC nanocomposite with embedded nanotwins for fusion nuclear reactor applications.(Agency: Office of Fusion Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), DE-FOA-0000603; December 2011) Amount requested: $429,041.00. Pre-proposal selected; Final Proposal not funded.
Members

Faculty

Dr. Mujibur Rahman Khan

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
E-mail: mkhan@georgiasouthern.edu

Graduate Students

Saheem Absar
Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Mechanical Engineering
E-mail: sa02394@georgiasouthern.eduSaheem’s research involves novel fabrication techniques for hybrid nanocomposite structural fibers and nanofibers for structural and biomedical applications. He also oversees all research projects being performed in the lab.
Sakib Iqbal
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of Mechanical Engineering
E-mail: si00423@georgiasouthern.eduSakib is involved in research related to the development of targeted and sustained-release drug delivery devices using biocompatible nanofibers, for cancer therapy.
Wahiduzzaman
Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Mechanical Engineering
E-mail: ww01659@georgiasouthern.eduWahid is involved in the development of a filter membrane for carbon dioxide capture applications, which is based on nanofibrous substrates functionalized with adsorbent micro/nanoparticles.
Quazi Nahida Sultana
Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Mechanical Engineering
E-mail: qn00123@georgiasouthern.eduNahida’s research involves the fabrication of high performance polymer fibers of UHMWPE, PAN and poly-DCPD using solution spinning processes.
Richard Hood
Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Mechanical Engineering
E-mail: rh00984@georgiasouthern.eduRichard is involved in graduate research related to the the synthesis of phase change materials with enhanced energy storage capacities for concentrated solar power applications.

Undergraduate Students

Stephanie Hulsey
Department of Mechanical Engineering
E-mail: sh06097@georgiasouthern.eduStephanie is an ME major planning to graduate in Spring 2016. She is involved in research related to the fabrication and analysis of properties of high performance multiphase fibers for structural applications.
Jeffrey Neumann
Department of Mechanical Engineering
E-mail: jn01518@georgiasouthern.eduJeffrey is an ME major involved in research related to optimization of the electrospinning process for high volume fabrication of nanofibers for structural applications.
Samuel Chambers
Department of Mechanical Engineering
E-mail: sc04879@georgiasouthern.eduSamuel is involved in the development of targeted drug delivery devices for cancer therapy. He is performing research related to the determination of drug release mechanism from biocompatible nanofibers.
Contact

Nanomaterials Research Laboratory
Carruth Building, 1001B
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460

Dr. Mujibur Rahman Khan
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA
E-mail: mkhan@georgiasouthern.edu
Contact: 912-478-8004 (Office) | 912-478-0537 (Fax)

Last updated: 9/21/2015

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