MSE Seminar Series - Professor Satish Kumar - MSE, Georgia Tech

MSE Seminar
Event Date:
Monday, August 29, 2016 - 4:00pm
GTMI/Callaway Bldg. Auditorium

Professor Satish Kumar

School of Materials Science and Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

 Monday, August 29, 2016

4:00 p.m. GTMI/Callaway Bldg. Auditorium

Reception at 3:30 p.m. in the GTMI Atrium


Carbon Fibers, Functional Fibers, Nano Composites,

and High Surface Area Carbon


 In the first part of the presentation, we will discuss results of ongoing efforts to increase carbon fiber strength, modulus, electrical and thermal conductivity, to reduce density, to increase bio-renewable content (such as lignin and cellulose), and to reduce energy used in the fiber production.   

 In the second part, we will discuss processing of polymeric fibers with a variety of nano materials that result in textile quality fibers with many functionalities. Such fibers will turn today’s passive textiles into active materials.  

 In the third part of, we will show the importance of molecular engineering the interphase in nano composites and how this has the potential to convert commodity polymers into high performance materials and to harness the theoretical mechanical properties potential of carbon nanotubes.

 In the fourth and final part, we will discuss developments in our laboratory in producing high surface area carbon material that can be used for energy storage, capacitive water desalination, and catalyst support.

 There are potential business opportunities in all the above areas.


Satish Kumar, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology.

He received his Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India and obtained his post-doctoral experience in Polymer Science and Engineering under the tutelage of Professor R. S. Stein at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He studied the structure of ion containing polymers as a foreign collaborator at Center of Nuclear Energy Studies in Grenoble, France. Subsequently, he conducted research on thermosetting and thermoplastic resins, as well as on polymeric and carbon fibers while working in Polymer Branch at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton OH. He joined Georgia Institute of Technology in 1989. His current research and teaching interests are in the areas of structure, processing, and properties of polymers, fibers, and composites with a focus on nano and bio-renewable materials. He has conducted fiber processing and structure-property studies on a broad range of polymers including synthetic and natural polymers, as well as carbon fibers. Under a DARPA funded program, he has also established, university based, nation’s unique precursor and carbon fiber laboratory at Georgia Tech.