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Donald A. Klosterman

Associate Professor; John F. and Leona D. Torley Chair in Composites Materials

Full-Time Faculty

School of Engineering: Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering


Email: Donald A. Klosterman
Phone: 937-229-4365
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Kettering Laboratories Room 542



Dr. Don Klosterman has over 25 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 a tenure-track faculty member in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Dayton. Over the past 15 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 carbon nanotube / metal matrix nanocomposites for additive manufacturing, braided carbon fiber composites, durability of glass fiber composites, flame retardants for polymers and composites, and the fire survivability of 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 25 years. He helps organize and judge the annual national student research symposium, and he is the UD faculty adviser for the UD student chapter of SAMPE.

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 processing and characterization
  • Flame retardant materials and survivability of composites after exposure
  • Thermal analysis and rheology
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Heat transfer and fluid flow in alternative energy systems