Marilyn L. Minus

Professor and Chair,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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  • 617.373.2608

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Research Focus

Process-structure-properties relationships in polymer-based nano-composites fibers; polymer/nano-carbon interfacial interactions and interphase formations; lightweight composite materials; carbon-carbon composites

Education

  • PhD (2008), Polymer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 Søren Buus Outstanding Research Award
  • Georgia Tech Outstanding Young Alumni Award
  • 2014 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2008 Outstanding Symposium Paper Award, Materials Research Society

Teaching Interests

  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Polymer Structures, Processing, and Properties

Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE)

Research Overview

Process-structure-properties relationships in polymer-based nano-composites fibers; polymer/nano-carbon interfacial interactions and interphase formations; lightweight composite materials; carbon-carbon composites

Macromolecular Innovations in Nano-materials Utilizing Systems Laboratory

The MINUS lab is focused on the study of polymer-based nano-carbon composites. We are interested in fundamental studies of polymer/nano-carbon interphase morphology development in the composites during processing procedures. These kind of studies aim to contribute toward understanding principles behind structured assembly of nano-scale morphology and its associated mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties. The research work also expands the scientific and technological base for understanding the manipulation of nano-scale matter during composite fabrication as it pertains to building mechanically superior materials.

MINUS lab

Selected Research Projects

  • Forming True Blend: Developing New Processing Routes for Polymer-Based Nano-Composites
    • – Principal Investigator, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
  • S-STEM: Student-Pathways Opening World Energy Resources (S-POWER)
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation

Selected Publications

  • B. Tin, H. Pan, H. Li, M.L. Minus, B.M. Budhlall, M.J. Sobkowicz, Improving Charge Carrier Mobility of Polymer Blend Field Effect Transistors with Majority Insulating Polymer Phase, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 122, 2018, 2918-2930
  • N. Tajaddod, H. Li, M.L. Minus, Low-Temperature Graphitic Formation Promoted by Confined Interphase Structures in Polyacrylonitrile/ Carbon Nanotube Materials, Polymer, 137 2018, 346-357
  • J. Song, C. Chen, S. Zhu, M. Zhu, J. Dai, U. Ray, Y. Li, Y. Kuang, Y. Li, N. Quispe, M.L. Minus, et al., Processing Bulk Natural Wood into a High-Performance Structural Material, Nature, 554, 2018, 224-228
  • H. Li, M.L. Minus, On the Formation of Potential Polymer-Nanotube Blends by Liquid-Solid Phase Separation Polymer, Polymer, 131, 2017, 179-192

Faculty

Sep 10, 2020

Faculty and Staff Awards 2020

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2019-2020 academic school year.

Faculty

Jul 01, 2020

COE Presents at the 2020 ASEE’S Virtual Conference

College of Engineering faculty, staff, and students, published and presented virtual papers at the American Society for Engineering Education – Virtual National conference.

Faculty

Sep 24, 2018

The Process of Making Super-Strong Materials from Cheap Plastic

MIE Associate Professor Marilyn Minus was featured on the NSF Science 360 Radio podcast about the process of making super-strong materials from cheap plastic.

Faculty

Mar 28, 2018

Minus Awarded $1.25M AFOSR Grant

MIE Associate Professor Marilyn Minus was awarded a five-year $1.25M Air Force Office of Scientific Research Grant for “Forming True Blends: Developing New Processing Routes for Polymer-Based Nano-Composites.”

Faculty

Nov 07, 2017

Minus Selected for GT Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni Award

MIE Associate Professor Marilyn Minus was selected by Georgia Tech's College of Engineering Council to receive an Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni Award for her research contributions and service as a faculty at Northeastern University. The GT Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves through professional practice and/or service to the […]

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

Oct 14, 2016

S-POWER Program to Increase STEM and Energy fields

ECE Professor Bradley Lehman, MIE Associate Professor Marilyn Minus, Assistant Dean Richard Harris, and STEM Director Claire Duggan were awarded a 5-year $5M NSF grant to develop a "Student Pathways Opening World Energy Resources (S-POWER)" program.

May 02, 2016

Faculty and Staff Awards 2016

2016 Faculty and Staff Awards Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2015-2016 academic school year. Faculty Fellow Kaushik Chowdhury, ECE Carol Livermore, MIE Marilyn Minus, MIE Rising Star Staff Award Gabrielle Fiorenza, Co-op Nicole Nightingale, Dean’s Office Outstanding Teachers […]

Mar 23, 2016

2016 COE Faculty Fellows

Congratulations to this year’s class of COE Faculty Fellows: Kaushik Chowdhury, Carol Livermore, and Marilyn Minus.

Graduate

May 13, 2015

Message from MIE Chair

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