Khalid Lafdi

Contact Information

  • Email: Khalid Lafdi
  • Phone: 937-229-2643
  • Location: Shroyer Park Center Room 1220 and Kettering Labs Room 573

Khalid Lafdi

Professor; Wright Brothers Endowed Chair in Nanomaterials

  • Full-Time Faculty


  • Resident scientist and professor, University of Dayton, 2001-present.


  • Habilitation, physics (France), 1991
  • Ph.D., chemical engineering (France), 1989
  • M.S., chemical engineering (France), 1987 

Research Interests

  • Carbon foams: modeling, processing and properties
  • Carbon nanoconstituents: growth and functionalization
  • Carbon scaffold for bone plates and lenses
  • Composite materials for implant applications
  • Design fabrication of thermal property devices for micro- and nanometric measurements
  • Nanocomposites: processing and properties
  • Surfaces and interfaces in composites
  • Wear and friction of carbon materials

Patents and Disclosures

  • U.S. Patent No. 6,676,887, issued January 13, 2004: Oxidation resistant carbon materials via nanocrystalline silicon carbide inclusions.
  • U.S. Provisional Application Serial No. 60/800,944: Method of growing carbon nanotubes, nanofibers and whiskers on carbon substrates.


  • Lafdi, K. 2011. Functionalization of composites. In La vie intime des matériaux composites, Francisco Chinesta interviewé par Christine Evain, Editions Ecole Centrale de Nantes (EECN), (March),
  • Lafdi, K. 2009. Nano and bio-composites, ed. A. Lau, H. Farzana, and K. Lafdi, Francis and Taylor.
  • Lafdi, K., and M. Wright. 1998. Carbon graphite fiber. In Handbook of composites II, ed. S.T. Peters Lubin.
  • Lafdi, K., S. Bonnamy, and A. Oberlin. 1998. Structure of carbon fibers. Ed. J.B. Donnet, New York and Basel: Marcel Dekker, Inc.

Plenary and Thematic Conferences (2012-13)

  • Lafdi, K. 2013. Nanotechnology: Paving the way. The 4th Federation of African Societies of Chemistry, May 7-9, in Marrakech, Morocco.
  • Lafdi, K. 2013. Naon: The interfacial technology for multifunctional composites. 18èmes Journées Nationales sur les Composites, June 12-14, in Nantes, France.
  • Lafdi, K. 2013. Fuzzy fibers as multifunctional reinforcement. Materials Research Society, 2013 Fall MRS Meeting and Exhibits, December 1-6, in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Lafdi, K. 2012. Paving the way - nanotechnology. ACMA2012, Fes, Morocco.
  • Lafdi, K. 2012. Paving the way - nanotechnology. MASCIR, Rabat, Morocco.
  • Lafdi, K. 2012. Nanotechnologies, le monde de demain. University of Mohammadia, Morocco.
  • Lafdi, K. 2012. Nanotechnology in steel industry. SABIC, Saudi Arabia.
  • Lafdi, K. 2012. Nano, the key technology for multifunctional composites. QATAR Foundation meeting, DOHA, Qatar.

Publications in Refereed Journals (2012-13)

  • Czarnecki, J.S., S. Jolivet, M.E. Kundrat, K. Lafdi, and P.A. Tsonis. Submitted. Fibrous carbon scaffolding for bone tissue repair. Tissue Engineering Part A 2013.
  • Czarnecki, J.S., M.E. Kundrat, S. Jolivet, K. Lafdi, and P.A. Tsonis. Submitted. Carbon-based foam scaffolds for bone tissue repair or reconstruction. Tissue Engineering Part A 2013.
  • Almajali, M., K. Lafdi, and P.H. Prodhomme. 2013. Effect of copper coating on infiltrated PCM/foam. Energy Conversion and Management 66: 336–342.
  • Guadagno, Liberata, Marialuigia Raimondo, Vittoria Vittoria, Luigi Vertuccio, Khalid Lafdi, Biagio De Vivo, Patrizia Lamberti, Giovanni Spinelli and Vincenzo Tucci. 2013. The role of carbon nanofiber defects on the electrical and mechanical properties of CNF-based resins. Nanotechnology 24: 305704.
  • Truong, Hieu, Dimitris Lagoudas, Ozden Ochoa, and Khalid Lafdi. 2013. Fracture toughness of fiber metal laminates: CNT modified Ti – PMC interfaceJournal of Composite Materials.
  • Evora, M.C., D. Klosterman, and K. Lafdi. 2013. Study of an alternative process for oxidizing vapor grown carbon nanofibers using electron beam accelerators. Radiation Physics & Chemistry 84: 105.
  • Shaikh S., and K. Lafdi. 2012. A carbon nanotube based composite for thermal control of heat loads. Carbon 50, no. 2, (February): 542–550.
  • Boehle, M., Q. Jiang, L. Li, A. Lagounov, and K. Lafdi. 2012. Carbon nanotubes grown on glass fiber as a strain sensor for real time structural health monitoring. International Journal of Smart and Nano Materials, DOI:10.1080/19475411.2011.651509.
  • Guadagno, L., M. Raimondo, C. Naddeo, A. Di Bartolomeo, and K. Lafdi. 2012. Influence of multiwall carbon nanotubes on morphological and structural changes during UV irradiation of syndiotactic polypropylene films. Journal of Polymer Sciences, Polymer Physics, DOI: 10.1002/polb.23093.
  • Memon, M.O., and K. Lafdi. 2012. Use of carbon nanostructures in transient spike power applications. International Journal of Thermal Sciences 53: 1-7.
  • Ciobanu, C., S. Iconaru, E. Gyorgy, M. Radu, M. Costache, A. Dinischiotu, P. Le Coustumer, K. Lafdi, and D. Predoi. 2012. Biomedical properties and preparation of iron oxide-dextran nanostructures by MAPLE technique. Chemistry Central Journal 6:17.
  • Czarnecki, J.S., K. Lafdi, R.M. Joseph, and P.A. Tsonis. 2012. Hybrid carbon-based scaffolds for applications in soft tissue reconstruction. Tissue Engineering Part a 18, 9-10: 946-956.
  • Park, W., K. Choi, K. Lafdi, and C. Yu. 2012. Influence of nanomaterials in polymer composites on thermal conductivity. Journal of Heat Transfer-Transactions of the ASME 134, no. 4: 041302.