Materials Processing & Testing

"FAST" Materials Center

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.
 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
   – RTM

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.

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