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Department Research 2015

Journal Articles

  • Comfort, K. K. (2015). At the Crossroads of Nanotoxicology in vitro: Past Achievements and Current Challenges. Toxicological Sciences, 147, 5-16.
  • Comfort, K. K. (2015). Preliminary protein corona formation stabilizes gold nanoparticles and improves deposition efficiency. Applied Nanoscience.
  • Comfort, K. K. (2015). The Role of Biological Fluid and Dynamic Flow in the Behavior and Cellular Interactions of Gold Nanoparticles. Journal of Nanobiotechnology, 13, 56.
  • Boehle, M., Pianca, P., Lafdi, K. & Chinesta, F. (2015, June). Modeling of an embedded carbon nanotube based composite strain sensor. Advances in Aircraft and Spacecraft Science. 2(3), 63-273.
  • Nobile, M.R., Raimondo, M., Lafdi, K., Fierro, A., Rosolia, S., & Guadagno, L. (2015). Relationships between nanofiller morphology and viscoelastic properties in CNF/epoxy resins. Polymer Composites. 36(6), 1152–1160.
  • Nobile, M.R., Fierro, A., Rosolia, S., Raimondo, M., Lafdi, K., & Guadagno, L. (2015). Viscoelastic properties of graphene-based epoxy resins. Polymer Processing Resulting Morphology and Properties: Feet in the Present and Eyes at the Future: Proceedings of the GT70 International Conference, 1695, 020050, Publisher: AIP Publishing.
  • Cao, L., Hou, Y., Lafdi, K., & Urmey, K. Fluorescent composite scaffolds made of nanodiamonds/polycaprolactone. Chemical Physics Letters 641, 123-128.
  • Lafdi, K., Czarnecki, J. & Tsonsis, P. (2015). The future of carbon-based scaffolds. Orthobiologics in Foot and Ankle Surgery, Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery 32(10), 73-91.
  • Lafdi, K., Ren, X., Burton, J. & Seidel, G. D. (2015). Computational multiscale modeling and characterization of piezoresistivity in fuzzy fiber reinforced polymer composites. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 54, 121-134.
  • L Guadagno, Raimondo, M., Vertuccio, L., Mauro, M., Guerra, G., & Lafdi, K. (2015). Optimization of graphene-based materials outperforming host epoxy matrices. RSC Advances 5 (46), 36969-36978015.
  • L Vertuccio, Russo, S., Raimondo, M., Lafdi K., & Guadagno, L.  (2015). Influence of carbon nanofillers on the curing kinetics of epoxy-amine resin. RSC Advances 5 (110), 90437-90450.
  • Sandhu, S. & Fellner, J. P. (2015). Characterization of Iron Phthalocyanine as the Cathode Active Material for Lithium-Ion Batteries. Journal of Chemical Engineering and Process Technology, 6(257).
  • Zakaria, A.B.M., Vasquez, E., Walters, K. B. & Leszczynska, D. (2015). Functional holey graphene oxide: a new electrochemically transformed substrate material for dopamine sensing. RSC Advances, 5(129), 107123-107135. 

Paper Published in Conference Proceedings

  • Sandhu, S., & Fellner, J. P. (2015). Characterization of iron phthalocyanine as the cathode active material for lithium-ion batteries. (pp. 21 slides). Austin, TX: The AIChE 2015 Spring National Meeting. Retrieved from See the AIChE 2015 Spring National Meeting Online Proceedings, Paper Number 194b, Session: Advances in Fuel Cells and Batteries 1.

Invited Lectures

  • Comfort, K. K. (2015, August). The need for nanomaterial evaluation in a physiologically relevant model: Connecting environmental variables and NM behavior to toxicological responses. Presented at the 4th Global Summit on Toxicology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Lafdi, K. (2015). Carbon nanotechnologie: University of Mohammadia, Morocco.
  • Lafdi, K. (2015). Paving the way — Nanotechnology. University of Erlnagen, Germany.
  • Lafdi, K. (2015). Nano, the key technology for multifunctional composites. Chalons en champagne, France.
  • Lafdi, K. (2015, October 28-29). Nano, the key technology for multifunctional composites. International Symposium on Nanotechnologies: Research, Innovation and Economic Challenges - Casablanca, Morocco on October 28 and 29.


  • Vasquez, E., Duggan, E., Metcalf, J., Kundu, S. & Walters, K. B. (2015, November). 435319 Surface and Rheological Effects of Mucus/Mucin Coupled with Chitosan-Coated Gold Nanoparticles. Presented at the 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.


  • Ciric, A. R., Robota, H. J. & Letellier, F. (2015, October). An initial assessment of water’s potential impact in an intensified Fischer-Tropsch synthesis process based on microchannel reactors. Presented at the ESCRE, Fürstenfeldbruck Germany.
  • Comfort, D. (2015, September). Biogenic fabrication of novel nanomaterials. Presented at the Minority Leaders Program Meeting, Dayton, OH.
  • Comfort, K. K. (2015, November). Generation of Complex in Vitro Systems for Improved Evaluation of Nanoparticle-Induced Bioresponses. Presented at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Comfort, K. K. (2015, November). Modulation of the Protein Corona, Deposition Efficiency, and the Nano-Bio Interface Under Physiologically Relevant Conditions. Presented at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Sandhu, S., Fellner, J. P. (2015, April). Characterization of Iron Phthalocyanine as the Cathode Active Material. Presented at the AIChE 2015 Spring National Meeting, Austin, TX.
  • Vasquez, E., Burgreen, G. W., Walters, K. B. & Walters, D. K. (2015, November). 435341 Implementation of a Two-Fluid Eulerian-Eulerian Modeling Approach for Particle Transport and Deposition in Different Case Studies. Presented at the AIChE 2015 Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Vasquez, E., Monroe, J. G., Aspin, Z. S., Kumari, S., Berg, M. J., Thompson, S. M. & Walters, K. B. (2015, November). 435340 Thermal, Stability, and Morphological Effects of Multicore Surface-Functionalized Magnetic Nanoparticles. Presented at the AIChE 2015 Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Vasquez, E., Kumari, S., Antonio, E. S. & Walters, K. B. (2015, November). 435374 Counterion, pH, and Temperature Effects on Poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) Thin Films. Presented at the AIChE 2015 Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.


  • Comfort, D. (2015, October). Changing the Faculty Student Advising Paradigm with Academic Coaching. Presented at the KEEN Fall Meeting.

Sponsored Research

  • Browning, C. E., Ohio Research Scholar in Materials. State of Ohio, State, $4,500,000.00.
  • Browning, C. E. (2015 - Present), Cyber Security. Clarkson Aerospace, Private, $210,000.00.
  • Browning, C. E. (2013 - Present), Minority Leaders. Clarkson Aerospace, Private, $2,000,000.00.
  • Browning, C. E. (2009 - Present), Aligned Carbon Nanotubes for Efficient Energy Generation and Storage Devices. AFOSR, Federal, $75,000.00.
  • Browning, C. E. (2011 - 2016), Center of Excellence in STEM and STEM Education. Central State University, State, $342,497.00.
  • Asari, V. K., Skill, T. D., Wu, S.-Y., Browning, C. E. & Sarangan, A. M. (2013 - 2015), CC-NIE Network Infrastructure: Network 10Gb Upgrade and Science DMZ Implementation to Support Science and Engineering Research and Enhance Outreach for High School STEM Education. National Science Foundation (NSF), Federal, $232,788.00.
  • Ciric, A. R. & Reid, J. (2014 - 2015), Chemical Engineering Entrepreneurial Laboratory. Kern Family Foundation, Private, $25,175.00.
  • Comfort, K. K., Comfort, D. (2015 - 2016), •Development of Entrepreneurially Minded Engineers through Academic Coaching. KEEN, Private, $42,980.00.
  • Comfort, K. K. (2014 - 2015), Development of an Enhanced Cellular Microenvironment for Improved Evaluation of Nanoparticle Bioeffects. Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute, Local, $57,528.00.
  • Lafdi, K. (2015), Integrated Fluorescence & scanning probe, NSF 278K.
  • Lafdi, K. (2015), Novel Carbon Multifunctional Materials, ONR Funding amount 279K.
  • Lafdi, K. (2015), Conductive Network Parachute Fabrics; Army-STTR, Funding amount 25K.
  • Lafdi, K. (2015), Corrosion coating Inhibitors of metals : ECOSIL-STTR, Funding amount 36K.
  • Lafdi, K. (2015), Characterization of electrical brushes: Morgan Advanced Materials, Funding amount 14K.
  • Lafdi, K. (2015), Processing Comp/Nanocomposites with integrated sensors: ENSTA, University of Brest, France, Funding amount 48K.
  • Lafdi, K. (2015), Thermo-mechanical properties of insulators: American, Funding amount 8K.
  • Lee, C. W. (2012 - 2016), CHATEM. AFRL / UDRI, Federal, $140,000.00.
  • Lee, C. W. (2010 - 2015), Composite, Hybrid, and Thermally Engineered Materials. AFRL/UDRI  67.5% time (2013), Federal.
  • Lee, C. W. (2010 - 2015), Composite, Hybrid, and Thermally Engineered Materials. AFRL, Federal.
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