BORTNER LAB
Polymer Composite and Materials Laboratory
LAB NEWS

October 2018 

Congratulations to Kathleen Chan for successfully defending her MS thesis!  We wish Kathleen all the best in her future endeavors! 

October 2018 

Professor Bortner and graduate students Arit Das, Brad Sutliff, and Cailean Pritchard gave presentations at the 2018 AIChE Annual Meeting.  The conference was held in Pittsburgh, PA from October 28 - November 2.  

October 2018 

Our latest article,  "Preparation of Submicrometer High-Performance Poly(ether imide) Particles for Fabricating Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites"  ​is now available in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.  Congrats to all the authors, including Jake Fallon, Eric Gilmer, and Dr. Bortner! 

September 2018 

Graduate student Jake Fallon attended the 18th Annual SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition September 5-7, 2018.  Jake presented "Model Analysis of Feedstock Behavor in Fused Filament Fabrication: Enabling Rapid Materials Screening" at the event in Novi, Michigan.

August 2018 

Congrats to all the authors, including Jake Fallon, Ben Kolb, and  Dr. Bortner on their recently published article in the Journal of Applied Polymer Science: "Mechanically adaptive thermoplastic polyurethane/cellulose nanocrystal composites: Process-driven structure-property relationships."

August 2018 

Congratulations to REU student George Funk for completing his summer research project with a poster and presentation entitled " Morphological Characterization of Cellulose Nanocrystal and Cellulose Nanofibril Composites."  Mentored by graduate student Cailean Pritchard, his work was part of the Research Experience for Undergraduates Program offered through MII and sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

July 2018 

A new invited review article was published in Additive Manufacturing: "Additive manufacturing of pharmaceuticals for precision medicine applications: A review of the promises and perils in implementation."  Congrats to all the authors, including Eric Gilmer and  Dr. Bortner!

May 2018 

Our newest Hokie graduate, Kelsey Niehoff, received her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.  Congratulations Virginia Tech Class of 2018!

May 2018 

Graduate students Jake Fallon and Eric Gilmer attended the 2018 ANTEC Conference in  Orlando, FL.  Jake gave an oral presentation and Eric was a poster presenter at the event produced by the Society of Plastics Engineers.

April 2018 

A new review article was published in Chemical Society Reviews: "Current characterization methods for cellulose nanomaterials."  Congrats to all the authors, including Kathleen Chan and  Dr. Bortner!

April 2018 

Kelsey Niehoff recently attended the Virginia Space Grant Consortium's Student Research Conference in Norfolk, VA.  Kelsey presented the results of her research funded by a NASA VSGC scholarship.  She also had the opportunity to discuss her work with VT President Tim Sands at the event.


Jake Fallon recently received the inaugural Garth L. Wilkes MII Interdisciplinary Student Scholar award presented at the 2018 MII Technical Conference and Review.  This coveted scholarship, named in honor of Professor Garth L. Wilkes, is presented to a graduate student who represents interdisciplinary excellence in research, teaching, and engagement.

April 2018

Samantha Stutz and Alexandra Marnot gave a poster presentation at the Student Experiential Learning Conference at Virginia Tech.  The event was held April 13th at the Moss Arts Center and Squires Student Center to showcase the work of Virginia Tech undergraduate students.

April 2018

The 10th Annual Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Assembly(ChEGSA) Research Symposium was recently held at the Inn at Virginia Tech.  Eric Gilmer, Arit Das, Jake Fallon, and Cailean Pritchard gave oral presentations at the event.  Poster presenters included Samantha Stutz, Alexandra Marnot, and Kathleen Chan.

March 2018

PhD candidate Cailean Pritchard presented his research entitled "Development of Nanoparticle Alignment Regimes in Drying Cellulose Nanocrystal Droplet Suspensions for Additive Manufacturing" in the CELL division at the 2018 ACS National Meeting, along with a poster at the Sci-Mix session. 

February 2018

Prof. Bortner presented his work on "Analyzing Interlayer Adhesion of Poly(ether imide) in Material Extrusion AM" at the 2018 Adhesion Society/World Congress on Adhesion and Related Phenomena (AS/WCARP) in San Diego. He also co-organized a new symposium on Adhesion Issues in Additive Manufacturing, which will be continued at the 2019 annual meeting.



Chemical Engineering junior James Owens was recently awarded the "Outstanding Overall Presentation" Award from Rice University for his talk at the university's annual Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium (GCURS).

February 2018

New Publication: "Synthesis and characterization of a phosphine oxide based poly(arylene ether ketone) and blends with poly(2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene oxide) for gas separations"  by GS Narang, JD Moon, W Zhang, GC Miller, SR Choudhury, A Shaver, B Vondrasek, JJ Lesko, JJ Fallon, M Bortner, C D'Ambra, BD Freeman, and JS Riffle was recently published in Polymer.​

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Polymer Composite and Materials Laboratory​
Department of Chemical Engineering
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 
Phone: 540-231-4213
Fax: 540-231-5022
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