Randall Erb

Associate Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Contact

  • erb@coe.neu.edu
  • 334 Snell Engineering Center
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

Office

  • 306 DA
  • 617.373.4649

Lab

  • 227 EC
  • 617.373.6582

Research Focus

Structure/property relationships in composites and ceramics, magnetic manipulation, colloidal physics

Education

  • PhD, Duke University, 2009

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 Outstanding Translational Research Award

Research Overview

Structure/property relationships in composites and ceramics, magnetic manipulation, colloidal physics

Selected Research Projects

  • Battery Electrode Technologies
    • – Principal Investigator, Rogers Corporation
  • Composite and Ceramic Manufacturing Technologies
    • – Principal Investigator, Raytheon Corporation
  • SBIR – Ultralight Wearable Cooling Systems
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation

Selected Publications

  • A. Gurijala, R.B. Zando, J.L. Faust, J.R. Barber, L. Zhang, R.M. Erb, Castable and Printable Dielectric Composites Exhibiting High Thermal Conductivity via Percolation-Enabled Phonon Transport, Matter, 2(4), 2020, 1015-1024
  • J.L. Faust, G.A. Winter, M.L. Minus, R.M. Erb Polypropylene Crystallization at an Alumina Interface Using Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 543, 2019, 9-16
  • L. Li, R.M. Erb, J. Wang, J. Wang, Y.M. Chiang Fabrication of Low‐Tortuosity Ultrahigh‐Area‐Capacity Battery Electrodes Through Magnetic Alignment of Emulsion‐Based Slurries, Advanced Energy Materials, 9(2), 2019, 1802472
  • R.M. Erb, J.J. Martin, R. Soheilian, C. Pan, J.R. Barber Actuating Soft Matter with Magnetic Torque, Advanced Functional Materials, 26(22), 2016, 3859-3880
  • J.S. Sander, R.M. Erb, L. Li, A. Gurijala, Y.-M. Chiang High-Performance Battery Electrodes via Magnetic Templating, Nature Energy, 1, 2016, 16099
  • J.J. Martin, B.E. Fiore, R.M. Erb, Designing Bioinspired Composite Reinforcement Architectures Via 3D Magnetic Printing, Nature Communications, 6, 2015, 8641
  • R.M. Erb, R.L. Libanori, N. Rothfuchs, A.R. Studart Composites Reinforced in Three Dimensions by Using Low Magnetic Fields, Science, 335, 2012, 199-204

Faculty

Nov 13, 2020

Manufacturing Thermal Interfaces

MIE Associate Professor Randall Erb was awarded a patent for developing “Methods for the manufacture of thermal interfaces, thermal interfaces, and articles comprising the same”.

Spotlight Story

Oct 02, 2020

PhD Spotlight: Jessica Faust, PhD’20 – Mechanical Engineering

Advised by Associate Professor Randall Erb, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Early in her academic journey as a community college student, Jessica Faust was selected for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in summer of 2010, working as a research assistant in mechanical design at Northeastern’s College of Engineering Center for High-Rate […]

Faculty

Jul 09, 2020

Using Magnetic Fields to Reinforce 3D Printing

MIE Associate Professor Randall Erb was awarded a patent for “Additive manufacturing of discontinuous fiber composites using magnetic fields.”

Faculty

Jun 22, 2020

Using Magnetic Fields to Produce Porous Articles

MIE Associate Professor Randall Erb was awarded a patent for “Magnetic field alignment of emulsions to produce porous articles.”

Faculty

Mar 27, 2020

3D Mineralization Printer

MIE Associate Professor Randall Erb was awarded a patent for “Three dimensional mineralization printer.”

Faculty

Feb 25, 2020

Patent: Using Magnetic Fields in Production of Porous Materials

MIE Associate Professor Randall Erb was awarded a patent for “Pore orientation using magnetic fields.”

Alumni

Oct 16, 2018

Two Northeastern Startups Win MassChallenge Boston

The startups Boston Materials and Mobile Pixels, both started by members of the COE community, both won the MassChallenge Boston, which is a global business accelerator program for companies in the early stages of development.

Faculty

May 03, 2017

Faculty and Staff Awards 2017

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2016-2017 academic school year. Faculty Fellow Edward Beighley, CEE Yun Raymond Fu, ECE Tommaso Melodia, ECE Rising Star Staff Award Erin Schnepp, Undergraduate Academic Advising Carolina Venegas-Martinez, CEE Outstanding Teachers of First Year […]

Faculty

Nov 03, 2016

Two COE Teams Named MassChallenge Winners

3DFortify founded by MIE Assistant Professor Randall Erb & PhD student Josh Martin selected as a $50K Gold prize winner and QSM Diagnostics founded by ChE Associate Professor Edgar Goluch awarded silver prize winner in the MassChallenge.

Oct 14, 2016

2 COE teams are MassChallenge Finalists

3DFortify founded by MIE Assistant Professor Randall Erb & PhD student Josh Martin and QSM Diagnostics founded by ChE Associate Professor Edgar Goluch were selected as MassChallenge finalists.

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