End of Year Celebration
April 30, 2018
Thanks for a great year. Looking forward to a productive summer.
Allison Chau wins First Place Oral Presentation
April 10, 2018
Congrats to Allison! She took the top prize among the oral presentations at the campus-wide Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference!
Thanks to the Davis Research Group members that attended to support her presentation and a special thanks to Hyeyoung for her consistent mentorship throughout the year.
Welcome New Undergraduate Researchers
The Davis Research Group is pleased to welcome several new undergraduate researchers!
Tara Goldberg (Sophomore in Materials Science and Engineering) will be working with Naomi on fluorescent dye functionalization of surfaces.
Michael Klingseisen (Sophomore in Materials Science and Engineering) will be working with Amin on LabView coding.
Nolan Miller (Sophomore in Materials Science and Engineering) will be working with Mitchell and Hyeyoung on thin film buckling mechanics.
If you are interested in performing independent undergraduate research (MSE 499) in our group, please contact Dr. Davis.
Hyeyoung Successfully Defended her Prelim
October 2, 2017
Hyeyoung is now officially a Ph.D. candidate after presenting her preliminary research results and successfully defending her work to the committee.
Mitch Successfully Defended his Prelim
September 26, 2017
Mitch is now officially a Ph.D. candidate after presenting his preliminary research results and successfully defending his work to the committee.
New Group Members
The Davis Research Group is pleased to welcome several new researchers and collaborators!
Naomi Deneke (Graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering) will be developing the normal adhesion testing apparatus to be used with FRET.
Amin Zareei (Ph.D. Student in Engineering Technology, Purdue Polytechnic Institute) will be working on LabView programming of custom mechanical testing equipment.
John Liu (Sophomore in Materials Science and Engineering) will be working with Amin on LabView coding.
Allison Chau (Junior in Materials Science and Engineering) will be working with Hyeyoung on characterizing the wrinkle to delamination transition of thin films.
Ricardo Rodriguez (Senior at Jefferson High School) will be working with Mitchell on thin film buckling mechanics.
Optical Microscopes Installed
June 30, 2017
The lab is coming together! Both Leica scopes arrived and were installed. Now to get down to the business of building up our characterization suite.
Next up: adhesion tester and installation of the micromechanical testing frame.
Interfacial Mechanophore in Silk-Epoxy Composites Article Published
May 22, 2017
Work conducted by researchers (including Dr. Davis) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently appeared in the journal Advanced Materials Interfaces. This research focused on the installation of a mechanically-activated fluorescent probe molecule at the interface of a fiber/polymer composite. Upon deformation of a single fiber tensile specimen, the fluorescent intensity of the mechanophore increased, indicating the transfer of stress across the composite interface. The technique can be generalized to a host of industrially-relevant materials systems, leading to self-reporting interfacial damage sensors in bulk fiber reinforced composite systems.
The full article can be found here.
A press release was also featured on the NIST website.
Wide-spread media coverage is summarized here.