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Novel Materials for Multifunctional Polymer Matrix Composite Structures


Materials & Manufacturing, RX/Composites

RO# Location
13.25.07.B8497 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337817


Name E-mail Phone
Kennedy, William Joshua 937.255.9987


The goal of this project is to develop and characterize polymer-based composite materials with multifunctional capabilities that provide the potential to decrease weight, size, cost, and complexity of aerospace systems. Desired functionalities include distributed sensing, structurally integrated power systems, RF communications, thermal management, and material state awareness. Approaches include incorporation of functional nanoparticles in structural resins, embedding optoelectronic materials into structural composite laminates, additively manufactured and hierarchically structured materials, and the application of novel films and coatings to composite structures. Research activities include both computational and experimental techniques, and involve material length scales from nanometers to meters.



Kennedy WJ, et al: High-Resolution Mapping of Thermal History in Polymer Nanocomposites: Gold Nanorods as Microscale Temperature Sensors. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 7: 27624-27631, 2015

Qian H, et al: Multifunctional Structural Supercapacitor Composites Based on Carbon Aerogel Modified High Performance Carbon Fiber Fabric. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 5: 6113-6122, 2013


Multifunctional; Structure; Polymer; Composite; Nanomaterials;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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