Office: 218 Mechanical Engineering Office Building
Phone: 979-845-3027 Fax: 979-845-3081
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Broadly speaking, our research is focused on polymer nanocomposites with properties that rival metals and ceramics, while maintaining beneficial polymer mechanical behavior. We are concentrating on three areas:
- Layer-by-layer assembly of multifunctional polymer nanocomposites. Focused on transport behavior (electrical, thermal, and mass) and applications in sensors, capacitors, electronics packaging, gas separation membranes, etc. See research website for more details.
- Tailoring nanocomposite microstructure and properties (mechanical and transport) with stimuli-responsive polymers and high aspect ratio nanoparticles. See research website for more details.
- Electrically conductive polymer nanocomposites with high conductivity and low filler concentration for application in EMI shielding, electrostatic dissipation, temperature and chemical sensors, etc. See research website for more details.
- B.S., North Dakota State University, 1997
- Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2001
- Texas A&M University, Assistant Professor, 2004 – present
- Avery Research Center, Senior Research Engineer, 2002 – 2004
- Biola University, Adjunct Professor, 2002
- Azusa Pacific University, Adjunct Professor, 2001 – 2003
- Avery Research Center, Research Engineer, 2001 – 2002
- University of Minnesota, Graduate Research Assistant, 1997 – 2001
- North Dakota State University, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 1995 – 1997
Recent PublicationsDawidczyk, T. J., Walton, M. D., Jang, W. S., Grunlan J. C. “Layer-by-layer assembly of UV-resistant poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) thin films,” Langmuir, Vol. 24, p. 8314, 2008.Kim, Y. S., Wright, J. B., Grunlan, J. C. “Influence of polymer modulus on the percolation threshold of latex-based composites,” Polymer, Vol. 49, p. 570, 2008.Jang, W. S., Rawson, I., Grunlan, J. C. “Layer-by-layer assembly of thin film oxygen barrier,” Thin Solid Films, Vol. 516, p. 4819, 2008.Liu, L., Grunlan, J. C. “Clay-assisted dispersion of carbon nanotubes in conductive epoxy nanocomposites,” Advanced Functional Materials, Vol. 17, p. 632, 2007.Grunlan, J. C., Kim, Y. S., Ziaee, S., Wei, X., Abdel-Magid, B., Tao, K. “Thermal and mechanical behavior of single-walled carbon nanotube-filled latex films,” Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, Vol. 291, p. 1035, 2006 (cover article).Grunlan, J. C., Liu, L., and Kim, Y. S. “Reversible control of single-walled carbon nanotube microstructure using poly(acrylic acid),” Nano Letters, Vol. 6, p. 911, 2006.Kim, Y. S., Liao, K. S., Jan, C. J., Bergbreiter, D. E., and Grunlan, J. C. “Conductive Thin Films on Functionalized Polyethylene Particles,“ Chemistry of Materials, Vol. 18, p. 2997, 2006.Jan, C. J., Walton, M. D., McConnell, E. P., Jang, W. S., Kim, Y. S., and Grunlan, J. C. ”Carbon Black Thin Films with Tunable Resistance and Optical Transparency,” Carbon, Vol. 44, p. 1974, 2006.Jang, W. S. and Grunlan, J. C. ”Robotic Dipping System for Layer-by-Layer Assembly of Multifunctional Thin Films,” Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol. 76, Art. No. 103904, 2005.Grunlan, J. C., Choi, J., Lin, A. “Antimicrobial Behavior of Polyelectrolyte Multilayers Containing Cetrimide and Silver,” Biomacromolecules, Vol. 6, p. 1149, 2005.Grunlan, J. C., Mehrabi, A. R., Bannon, M. V., and Bahr, J. L. “Water-Based Single-Walled Nanotube-Filled Polymer Composite with Exceptionally Low Percolation Threshold,“ Advanced Materials, Vol. 16, p. 150, 2004.
- TEES Select Young Faculty, 2007
- NSF CAREER, 2007-2012
- 3M Untenured Faculty Grant, 2007-2010
- Charles & Dorothy Byrd Award for Outstanding Thesis Research, 2001
- Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2000-2001
- Kodak Fellow, 1997-2000