Materials Processing & Testing Lab

Lead Faculty:

Dr. Paul Biney: TEL: (936) 261-9950, Email:
Research Interest: Thermal Science, Energy study, Composite Materials

Dr. Jianren Zhou: TEL: (936) 261-9960, Email:
Research Interest: Microelectronics, thin films, electronic materials, manufacturing processes, materials composites, ceramics, polymers refractory alloys, failure analysis.

“FAST” Materials Center

Materials Research Facilities:
1- Microstructural Lab
– Scanning electrical microscope (SEM)
– X-ray diffractometer (XRD)
– Atomic force microscope (AFM)
– Scanning tunneling microscope (STM)

2 – Polymer/Composite Processing/Fabrication
– Autoclave
– Heated platen press

Materials Recent Publications:

  • “Effects of hygrothermal cycling on properties of glass/vinyl ester composites”, Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, 2003.

  •  “Preliminary work on LTM45 composite for space radiation shielding”, 10th Annual International Conf. on Composites Engin. (IMME/10), pp.77-78, July, 2003.

  • “Study on regolith material for structural and space radiation shielding applications”, 34th International SAMPE Tech. Conf., pp. 358-364, Nov., 2002.

  • “Observation of changes in the single event upset rate in 4MB SRAM Due to intervening materials in a neutron environment”, 6th European Conf. on Radiation and Its Effects on Components and Systems (RADECS 2001), WP-7, France, Sept., 2001.

  • “Study of thermal and hygrothermal behaviors of glass fiber/vinyl ester composites”, Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, pp. 1619-1629, Vol. 18/No.17, 1999.

  •  “Short-term aging effects on thermal and mechanical properties of IM7/5250-4 composites”, 44th International SAMPE Symposium, pp. 741-747, May, 1999.