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Donald A. Klosterman

Associate Professor; John F. and Leona D. Torley Chair in Composites Materials; Fellow – Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE)

Full-Time Faculty

School of Engineering: Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering


Email: Donald A. Klosterman
Phone: 937-229-4365
Kettering Laboratories Room 542
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Dr. Don Klosterman has over 30 years experience in processing and characterization of advanced materials, including polymers, polymer matrix composites, ceramics, ceramic matrix composites, and nanocomposites. Also, his experience in additive manufacturing dates back to 1995 when he helped pioneer the use of Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM) for producing monolithic ceramics, ceramic matrix composites, bioresorbable ceramics and polymer matrix composites (DARPA-funded). As a Senior Polymer Research Engineer at UDRI in the 2000s, he managed many sponsored R & D programs (including STTR and SBIR), and he set up and managed several research laboratories and production facilities. These included a 2000 square foot nanocomposite process pilot plant and a research facility for studying electron beam curing of composites. More recently he became involved in two alternative energy research projects, including the production of algae and the development of a full scale test rig for converting aluminum and water to hydrogen gas. Dr. Klosterman also worked for a brief time at WebCore Technologies Inc., where he helped develop sandwich core composite materials and associated vacuum infusion processes.

Dr. Klosterman is currently an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Dayton. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Klosterman developed four graduate courses in Polymer Science and Engineering, which he teaches on an annual basis. He is currently conducting research on a variety of topics in collaboration with other UD faculty and UDRI staff members, including flame retardants for polymers and composites, aerospace adhesive formulation and testing, and torsional properties of heavily loaded thermoplastic matrix composites. He advises several undergraduate and graduate students in these areas, and he serves as laboratory safety officer for the Department’s research labs on the 5th floor of the Kettering Labs building.

Dr. Klosterman has been active in the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) over the past 30 years. He is co-chair of the annual SAMPE University Research Symposium, and he is the UD faculty adviser for the UD student chapter of SAMPE. He was installed as a Fellow in 2022. 

Selected Publications

Mukhtar, M., Klosterman, D., Benin, V., Morgan, A. (2022, September). Synthesis of a phosphorus-based epoxy reactive flame retardant analog to diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA) and its behavior as a matrix in a carbon fiber composite. Polymer Degradation Stability, 205(7):110144.  DOI: 10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2022.110144

Klosterman, D., Browning, C., Hakim, I., & Lach, K. (2021). Investigation of various techniques for controlled porosity formation in fiberglass / epoxy composites. Journal of Composite Materials, 55(4) 489-505.

Magato, J., & Klosterman, D. (2020, March). Development of a methodology for characterizing reaction kinetics, rheology, and in-situ compaction of polyimide prepregs during cure. Polymer Composites, 54(6), 835-843. doi: 10.1177/0021998319869433

Hurtubise, D. W., Klosterman, D. A., & Morgan, A.B. (2018, April). Development and demonstration of a deployable apparatus for generating hydrogen from the hydrolysis of aluminum via sodium hydroxide. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 43(14), 6777-6788. doi: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2018.02.087 

Morgan, A. B., Benin, V., Klosterman, D. A., Sulayman, A. Bin, Mukhtar, M., & Galaska, M. L. (2020). Organophosphorus-hydrazides as potential reactive flame retardants for epoxy. Journal of Fire Sciences, 38(1) 28-52, 2020. doi: 10.1177/0734904119890280

Alomari, A., Morgan, A. B., Klosterman, D., & Toubia, E. A. (2019, September). Effect of heat damage on the double lap joint strength of pultruded e-glass/polyester composites. Proceedings of 2019 CAMX (Composites and Advanced Materials Expo), ACMA and SAMPE, Anaheim, CA.

Courses Taught

  • MAT 509: Introduction to Polymer Science - Thermoplastics
  • MAT 510: High Performance Thermoset Polymers
  • MAT 527: Polymer Analysis
  • MAT 542: Advanced Composites
  • MAT 552: Composites Processing Lab
  • MAT 580: Polymer Durability


  • Ph.D., Materials Engineering, University of Dayton, 1994
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Dayton, 1991
  • B.Cm.E., Chemical Engineering, University of Dayton, 1989

Professional Activities

Research Interests

  • Polymers, composites, and nanocomposites manufacturing, processing and characterization
  • Flame retardant materials and survivability of composites after exposure
  • Thermal analysis and rheology