Single bilayer nanocoating of polycation and high aspect ratio clay nanoplatelets imparts substantial thermal/flame protection for polyurethane foam
I joined Texas A&M University as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering in July of 2004, after spending three years at the Avery Research Center in Pasadena, CA. In 2010, I was promoted to Associate Professor and Gulf Oil/Thomas A. Dietz Career Development Professor I. My B.S. is in Chemistry, with a Polymers & Coatings emphasis, from North Dakota State University and my Ph.D. is from the University of Minnesota in Materials Science and Engineering.
While at Avery Dennison, I studied a variety of polymeric systems with unique transport, biological, and/or optical behavior. At Minnesota, I focused on segregated network composites using polymer emulsions and a variety of conductive nanoparticles. My current research interests lie in both the development of multifunctional thin films (< 1 μm) using layer-by-layer assembly and the study of electrically conductive and thermoelectric thick film nanocomposites (> 10 μm).
I won the NSF CAREER and 3M Untenured Faculty awards in 2007, the Dow 2009 Young Faculty Award and the 2010 Carl A. Dahlquist Award, for his work in these areas. In addition to advising students in Mechanical Engineering, I hold a joint appointment in Chemical Engineering and serve on the Executive Committee of Texas A&M’s Materials Science and Engineering Program.
I grew up in the Midwest, primarily in Minneapolis, MN and Appleton, WI. It was in my senior year of high school that I received a full football scholarship to NDSU. In Fargo, I met my wife Melissa, who is currently an Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering. My hobbies include weight lifting, reading spy novels and watching college sports. Melissa and I have season tickets for football, basketball, baseball and women’s soccer here at Texas A&M.
Being a professor is also like a hobby because I really enjoy researching, writing and mentoring students (it’s not your typical 9 to 5 job). With that said, the most important thing to me is my personal faith in Jesus Christ. If you’re interested in knowing more about my faith, please read more about my personal story.