University of Delaware - College of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Erik T. Thostenson

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Delaware
126 Spencer Lab
Newark, DE 19716

Phone: 302-831-8789
Fax: 302-831-3619
Email: thosten@udel.edu

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Executive Summary

Dr. Thostenson is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware and holds an affiliated appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Professor Thostenson's research focuses on processing and characterization of composite materials focusing on carbon nanotube and advanced fiber reinforcements toward the development of novel multifunctional composites and micro/nano mechanics modeling techniques. His research has been cited more than 5800 times in the scientific literature (ISI database, H-index: 23). During the course of his research he has developed novel processing and characterization techniques for the development of structure/property relationships in nanotube-reinforced polymer and ceramic composites. Thostenson, who also holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Delaware, performed his master's and Ph.D. research at the University of Delaware's Center for Composite Materials. Dr. Thostenson also has a Bachelors' degree in Composite Materials Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) from Winona State University. 

Thostenson received a National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award (CAREER) in addition to a Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He received the Outstanding McNair Faculty Mentor Award and also received the 2013 Distinguished Young Alumni Award from his alma mater Winona State University. He is the recipient of the Elsevier Young Composites Researcher Award from the American Society for Composites recognizing researchers who early in their career have made a significant impact on the science and technology of composite materials through a sustained research effort. He was the recipient of the inaugural Hayashi International Memorial Award from the Japan Society for Composite Materials, recognizing outstanding young international researchers in the field of composites. During his graduate studies Thostenson received the Allan P. Colburn Prize for outstanding dissertation in the engineering and mathematical sciences (University of Delaware Office of Graduate Studies), the Roy L. McCullough Scholars Award (Center for Composite Materials) for exceptional contributions to the literature on composite materials, and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) Outstanding Graduate Student Award.


Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science      
(2004)
University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
Dissertation:  Carbon Nanotube-Reinforced Composites: Processing, Characterization and Modeling


Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering  
(1999)
University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
Thesis:  Microwave-Accelerated Curing of Thick Composite Laminates: Experiment and Simulation


Bachelor of Science in Composite Materials Engineering
(1995)
Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota
Summa Cum Laude

Professional Experience

2009 - Present
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Affiliated Faculty, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Delaware
2006 - 2009   
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware
2005
Associate Scientist, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware
2004
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware
1995-2003   
Research Assistant, Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering and Center for Composite Materials, University of Delaware
1995, 1993   
Laboratory Assistant, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
1994-95   
Teaching Assistant, Department of Composite Materials Engineering, Winona State University

Honors and Awards

2014
Outstanding McNair Faculty Mentor Award
2013
National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award (CAREER)
2013
Distinguished Young Alumni Award, Winona State University
2009-12    Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
2007
Elsevier Young Composites Researcher Award, American Society for Composites
2004
Hayashi Memorial International Award, Japan Society for Composite Materials
2004
Alan P. Colburn Prize for Best Dissertation in the Mathematical and Engineering Sciences, University of Delaware
2004
R.L McCullough Scholar's Award, Center for Composite Materials
2002 Outstanding Graduate Student Award - 1st Place Ph.D. Student Symposium, Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE)
2000-01 University of Delaware Competitive Fellowship
1999 Directors’ Award, Center for Composite Materials
1998 Hoechst Celanese Excellence in Engineering Award
1997 C. E. Birchenall Award for Best Student Presentation, Brandywine Valley Chapter of ASM International
1995-98 ARO/URI Fellowship
1994 Society of Plastics Engineers Scholarship
1991-95
Winona State University Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship


Journal Publications

T. Schumacher and E. T. Thostenson, Development of structural carbon nanotube–based sensing composites for concrete structures, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures,  (published online September, 2013).

Q. An, A. N. Rider and E. T. Thostenson, “Hierarchical Composite Structures Prepared by Electrophoretic Deposition of Carbon Nanotubes onto Glass Fibers,” ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces,  5(6): 2022–2032 (2013).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/am3028734

G. Pandey, E. T. Thostenson and D. Heider, “Electric time domain reflectometry sensors for non-invasive structural health monitoring of glass fiber composites,” Progress in Electromagnetics Research, 137: 551-564 (2013).
http://dx.doi.org/10.2528/PIER13020611

G. Pandey H. Deffor, E. T. Thostenson and D. Heider,  “Smart tooling with integrated time domain reflectometry sensing line for non-invasive flow and cure monitoring during composites manufacturing,” Composites Part A, 47(1): 102-108 (2013).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesa.2012.11.017

K. L. Lasater and E. T. Thostenson, "In Situ Thermoresistive Characterization of Multifunctional Composites of Carbon Nanotubes," Polymer, 53(23): 5367-5374 (2012).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.polymer.2012.09.022

G. Pandey and E. T. Thostenson “Carbon Nanotube-Based Multifunctional Polymer Nanocomposites,” Polymer Reviews, 52(3-4): 355-416 (2012).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15583724.2012.703747

Q. An, A. N. Rider, and E. T. Thostenson, "Electrophoretic deposition of carbon nanotubes onto carbon-fiber fabric for production of carbon/epoxy composites with improved mechanical properties," Carbon, 50(11): 4130-4143 (2012).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2012.04.061

A. S. Wu, A. M. Coppola, M. J. Sinnott, T-W. Chou, E. T. Thostenson, J. H. Byun. and B. S. Kim, "Sensing of damage and healing in three-dimensional braided composites with vascular channels," Composites Science and Technology, 72(13): 1618-1626 (2012).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compscitech.2012.06.012

G. Pandey, M. Wolters, E. T. Thostenson and D. Heider, "Localized functionally modified glass fibers with carbon nanotube networks for crack sensing in composites using time domain reflectometry," Carbon, 50(10): 3816-3825 (2012).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2012.04.008

S. M. Friedrich, A. S. Wu, E. T. Thostenson and T-W. Chou, "Damage mode characterization of mechanically fastened composite joints using carbon nanotube networks," Composites Part A, 42(12): 2003-2009 (2011).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesa.2011.09.006

L. M. Gao, T-W. Chou, E. T. Thostenson, Z. G. Zhang and M. Coulaud, "In situ sensing of impact damage in epoxy/glass fiber composites using percolating carbon nanotube networks," Carbon, 49(10): 3382-3385 (2011).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2011.04.003

A. S. Lim, Z. R. Melrose, E. T. Thostenson and T-W. Chou, "Damage sensing of adhesively-bonded hybrid composite/steel joints using carbon nanotubes," Composites Science and Technology, 71(9): 1183-1189 (2011).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compscitech.2010.10.009

S-B. Lee, O. Choi, W. Lee, J. W. Yi, B. S. Kim, J. H. Byun, M. K. Yoon, H. Fong, E. T. Thostenson, T-W. Chou "Processing and characterization of multi-scale hybrid composites reinforced with nanoscale carbon reinforcements and carbon fibers," Composites Part A, 42(4): 337-344 (2011).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesa.2010.10.016

A. S. Lim, Q. An, T-W. Chou and E. T. Thostenson, "Mechanical and electrical response of carbon nanotube-based fabric composites to Hopkinson bar loading," Composites Science and Technology, 71(5): 616-621 (2011).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compscitech.2010.12.025

W. Lee, S-B. Lee, J-W. Yi, M-K Um, J-H. Byun, E. T. Thostenson and T-W. Chou, "Formicary-like carbon nanotube/copper hybrid nanostructures for carbon fiber-reinforced composites by electrophoretic deposition," Journal of Materials Science, 46(7): 2359-2364 (2011).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10853-010-5082-3

A. Gawandi, E. T. Thostenson and J. W. Gillespie, "Tow pullout behavior of polymer-coated Kevlar fabric," Journal of Materials Science, 46(1): 77-89 (2011).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10853-010-4819-3

K. J. Kim, W. R. Yu, J. S. Lee, L. M. Gao, E. T. Thostenson, T-W. Chou and J. H. Byun, "Damage characterization of 3D braided composites using carbon nanotube-based in situ sensing," Composites Part A, 41(10): 1531-1537 (2010).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesa.2010.06.016

L. M. Gao, T-W. Chou, E. T. Thostenson and Z. G. Zhang, "A comparative study of damage sensing in fiber composites using uniformly and non-uniformly dispersed carbon nanotubes," Carbon, 48(13): 3788-3794 (2010).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2010.06.041

L. M. Gao, E. T. Thostenson, Z. G. Zhang, J-H. Byun and T-W. Chou, "Damage Monitoring in Fiber-Reinforced Composites under Fatigue Loading Using Carbon Nanotube Networks," Philosophical Magazine, 90(31-32): 4085-4099 (2010).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14786430903352649

W. B. Lu, T-W. Chou and E. T. Thostenson, "A three-dimensional model of electrical percolation thresholds in carbon nanotube-based composites," Applied Physics Letters, 96(22): 223106 (2010).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3443731

L. M. Gao, T-W. Chou, E. T. Thostenson, A. Godara, Z. G. Zhang and L Mezzo, "Highly conductive polymer composites based on controlled agglomeration of carbon nanotubes," Carbon, 48(9): 2649-2651 (2010).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2010.03.027

T-W. Chou, L. M. Gao, E. T. Thostenson, Z. G. Zhang and J-H. Byun, "An Assessment of the Science and Technology of Carbon Nanotube Fibers and Composites," Composites Science and Technology, 70(1): 1-19 (2010).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compscitech.2009.10.004

E. T. Thostenson, J. J. Gangloff Jr., C. Y. Li and J-H. Byun "Electrical Anisotropy in Multi-Scale Nanotube/Fiber Composites," Applied Physics Letters, 97(5): 073111 (2009).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3202788

K. Okubo, T. Fuji and E. T. Thostenson, "Multi-Scale Hybrid Biocomposite: Processing and Mechanical Characterization of Bamboo Fiber Reinforced PLA with Microfibrillated Cellulose," Composites - Part A, 40(4): 469-475 (2009).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesa.2009.01.012

L. M. Gao, E. T. Thostenson Z. G. Zhang and T-W. Chou, "Coupled Carbon Nanotube Network and Acoustic Emission Monitoring for Sensing of Damage Development in Composites," Carbon, 47(5): 1381-1388 (2009).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2009.01.030

E. T. Thostenson S. Ziaee and T-W. Chou, "Processing and Electrical Properties of Carbon Nanotube / Vinyl Ester Nanocomposites," Composites Science and Technology, 69(6): 801-804 (2009).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compscitech.2008.06.023

L. M. Gao, E. T. Thostenson, Z. G. Zhang and T-W. Chou, "Sensing of Damage Mechanisms in Fiber-Reinforced Composites under Cyclic Loading Using Carbon Nanotubes," Advanced Functional Materials, 19(1): 123-130 (2009).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adfm.200800865

E. T. Thostenson and T-W. Chou, "Carbon Nanotube-Based Health Monitoring of Mechanically Fastened Composite Joints," Composites Science and Technology, 68(12) 2557-2561 (2008).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compscitech.2008.05.016

E. T. Thostenson and T-W. Chou, "Real-Time in situ Sensing of Damage Evolution in Advanced Fiber Composites using Carbon Nanotube Networks," Nanotechnology, 19(21): 215713 (2008).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0957-4484/19/21/215713

C. Y. Li, E. T. Thostenson and T-W. Chou, "Sensors and Actuators Based on Carbon Nanotubes and their Composites: A Review," Composites Science and Technology, 68(6): 1227-1249 (2008).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compscitech.2008.01.006

C. Y. Li, E. T. Thostenson and T-W. Chou, "Effect of Nanotube Waviness on the Electrical Conductivity of Carbon Nanotube-Based Composites," Composites Science and Technology, 68(6): 1445-1452 (2008).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compscitech.2007.10.056

E. Bekyarova, E. T. Thostenson, A. Yu, M. E. Itkis, D. Fakhrutdinov, T-W. Chou, R. C. Haddon, "Functionalized Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes for Carbon Fiber-Epoxy Composites," Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 111(48): 17865-17871 (2007).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp071329a

C. Y. Li, E. T. Thostenson and T-W. Chou, "Dominant Role of Tunneling Resistance in the Electrical Conductivity of Carbon Nanotube-Based Composites," Applied Physics Letters, 91(22): Article No. 223114 (2007).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.2819690

E. Bekyarova, E. T. Thostenson, A. Yu, H. Kim, J. Gao, J. Tang, H. T. Hahn, T-W. Chou, M. E. Itkis, R. C. Haddon, "Multiscale Carbon Nanotube-Carbon Fiber Reinforcement for Advanced Epoxy Composites," Langmuir, 23(7): 3970-3974 (2007).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/la062743p

E. T. Thostenson and T-W. Chou, "Carbon Nanotube Networks: Sensing of Distributed Strain and Damage for Life Prediction and Self-Healing," Advanced Materials, 18(22): 2837-2841 (2006).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.200600977

E. T. Thostenson and T-W. Chou, "Processing-Structure-Multi-Functional Property Relationship in Carbon Nanotube/Epoxy Composites," Carbon, 44(14): 3022-3029 (2006).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2006.05.014

E. T. Thostenson P. G. Karandikar and T-W. Chou, "Fabrication and Characterization of Reaction Bonded Silicon Carbide / Carbon Nanotube Composites," Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 38(21): 3962-3965 (2005).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0022-3727/38/21/020

E. T. Thostenson, C. Y. Li and T-W. Chou, “Nanocomposites in Context,” Composites Science and Technology, 65(3-4): 491-516 (2005).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compscitech.2004.11.003

E. T. Thostenson and T-W. Chou, “Nanotube Buckling in Aligned Multi-Wall Carbon Nanotube-Reinforced Composites,” Carbon, 42(14): 3015-3018 (2004).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2004.06.012

E. T. Thostenson and T-W. Chou, “On the Elastic Properties of Carbon Nanotube-Based Composites: Modeling and Characterization,” Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 36(5): 573-582 (2003).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0022-3727/36/5/323

E. T. Thostenson and T-W. Chou, “Aligned Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube-Reinforced Composites: Processing and Mechanical Characterization,” Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 35(16): L77-L80 (2002).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0022-3727/35/16/103

E. T. Thostenson, W. Z. Li, D. Z. Wang, Z. F. Ren and T-W. Chou, “Carbon Nanotube/Carbon Fiber Hybrid Multiscale Composites,” Journal of Applied Physics, 91(9): 6034-6037 (2002).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.1466880

E. T. Thostenson, Z. F. Ren and T-W. Chou, “Advances in the Science and Technology of Carbon Nanotubes and their Composites: A Review,” Composites Science and Technology, 61(13): 1899-1912 (2001).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0266-3538(01)00094-X

E. T. Thostenson and T-W. Chou, “Microwave and Conventional Curing of Thick-Section Thermoset Composite Laminates: Experiment and Simulation,” Polymer Composites, 22(2): 197-212 (2001).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pc.10531

E. T. Thostenson and T-W. Chou, “Microwave Processing: Fundamentals and Applications,” Composites Part A, 30(9): 1055-1071 (1999).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1359-835X(99)00020-2

J. Li, E. T. Thostenson, T-W. Chou and L. Riester,  “An Investigation of Thin-Film Coating/Substrate Systems by Nanoindentation,” Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology, 120(2): 154-162 (1998).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/1.2807005

R. W. Rydin, E. T. Thostenson and H-Y. Ma, “An Assessment of the Impact Response of Knit-Knit and Knit-Stitch Composites," Science and Engineering of Composite Materials, 7(3): 269-277 (1998).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/SECM.1998.7.3.269


Book Chapters

S. M. Doshi and E. T. Thostenson, “Self-Sensing Carbon Nanotube Composites: Processing and Characterization,” to appear in Plastics Design Library Handbooks – Multi-Functionality of Polymer Composites, Elsevier, Eds: K. Friedrich and U. Brewer (2014).

C. Y. Li, E. T. Thostenson and T-W. Chou, "Carbon Nanotube-Based Composites and Damage Sensing,” Multifunctional Polymer Nanocomposites, CRC Press, Eds: J. Leng, A. Kin-Tak Lau (2011).

D. Heider, R. C. Don, E. T. Thostenson, K. Tackitt, J. H. Belk and T. Munns, “Cure Monitoring and Control,” ASM Handbook Volume 21 Composites, ASM International, Materials Park, OH (2001).


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