Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Graduation date: Fall 2020
MORE | Fall 2020
Characterization of the CNT Agglomerate Interphase in a Three-Phase Nanocomposite
This research explores the inhomogeneous interphase properties of three-phase polymer matrix composites (PMC). PFQNM was utilized to detect an abrupt transition in reduced modulus from 8-10 GPa to 4-7 GPa between agglomerated CNT nanoparticles and surrounding epoxy matrix, respectively. Agglomerate stiffness is found to be related to CNT orientation and density. These results verify the potential for nanofillers to influence macroscale properties. Atomic scale quantitative characterization of the interphase zone in PMCs would further clarify the relationship between interphase properties and morphology.
Mentor: Masoud Yekani Fard
Sponsored project | Fall 2020
Alek Pensky was awarded a W. L. Gore & Associates sponsorship for his Fall 2020 MORE project. W. L. Gore & Associates is a uniquely creative, product leadership enterprise that has served a variety of global markets for 60 years, and provides innovative solutions that its associates stand behind. Gore established funds to support undergraduate students in the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative program and values student-driven research and developing relationships with students in the program.
“Dr. Masoud Yekani Fard has had a huge impact on my outlook as a student and an engineer. His passion has inspired me to work hard and cultivate my own passion. Dr. Fard is also exceptional at sharing his knowledge with students. I have learned a lot about our research topic from our conversations. Dr. Fard is always willing to take on greater challenges and accepted to mentor me while already working with many other undergraduates. I am very grateful to have worked for him during my time at ASU.”
— Alek Pensky