Nanotech 2011

Developments in Polymer /Carbon Nanotube Composite Films and Fibers

Satish  Kumar

Satish Kumar

Professor

Georgia Institute of Technology

Satish Kumar, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. degree 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 conducted research as a foreign collaborator at C.E.N.G., Grenoble France. During 1984-89, he was associated with the Polymer Branch at the Air Force Research Laboratory, WPAFB OH as an onsite contractor through Universal Energy Systems and subsequently through University of Dayton Research Institute. 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 an emphasis on polymer-carbon nanotube nano-composites. 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. Areas of research interest also include carbon nanotubes ability to nucleate polymer crystallization as well as its ability to template polymer orientation. He is also conducting research on carbon based electrochemical supercapacitors, with the objective of enhancing their energy density.

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