Alan I. Taub

Robert H. Lurie Professor of Engineering

2098 HH Dow Building
2300 Hayward St.

T: (734) 763-1024




Research Group

Graduate Students
Kanat Anurakparadorn

Kanat Anurakparadorn’s research focuses on the design and fabrication of polymer nanocomposites-based metamaterials as electromagnetic absorbers. For this research, the group works in cooperation with Professor Eric Michielssen from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department. Periodic porous structures are designed by computational EM wave modeling with optimization techniques. Combined magnetic nanoparticles with conductive fillers are synthesized and dispersed in polymer matrices to achieve desired micro morphologies. Fused deposition modeling is used to fabricate the designed structures as macro morphology. Unique EM absorber characteristics such as wide operational bandwidth, polarization insensitive, incident angle independent, and high level of absorption are the targets of the design.

Ankush Anjnikumar Bansal
Steel Nagila Cardoza
Steel Cardoza's research automates the custom wedding veil manufacturing process by utilizing additive manufacturing techniques with a novel adhesive-surface combination. Tulle, the nylon mesh used in wedding veils, is too delicate a material for conventional high temperature 'bedazzling' techniques, requiring individual crystals to be placed by hand until now. Project sponsor is Dr. Taub's daughter Ariel Taub who operates her own custom wedding veil company.

Randy Jia Fay Cheng

Randy Cheng's research focuses on implementing ultrasonic vibrations in incremental sheet metal forming. The added vibration offers lower flow stress, improvement in dimensional accuracy, and surface roughness. Material microstructure and texture are also characterized after forming. 

Aaron Gladstein

Aaron Gladstein's research involves the production and characterization of in-situ metal matrix nanocomposites, with a focus on metal-based polymer pyrolysis to create strengthening particles within the metal matrix. Some characterization techniques he uses include SEM, synchrotron radiation imaging, and various polymer characterization techniques (TGA, DSC, FTIR, etc.).

Amy Langhorst

Amy Langhorst's research focuses on methods to improve the mechanical properties of natural fiber composites, including the creation of natural fiber - nanoparticle hybrid composites and fiber pre-treatment.  Amy is performing this work in collaboration with Ford Motor Company.

Anita Luong

Anita Luong's research focuses on degradation of sealing materials in the automotive fuel cell environment.  This work is supported by General Motors Fuel Cell Activities.

Xingkang She

Xingkang’s research focuses on the alignment of CNTs for carbon-fiber structural composites. The aim of the research is to improve the mechanical properties of the composites by the alignment of CNTs under electric fields.

Anshul Singhal

Anshul Singhal's research focuses on reducing natural plant fibers damage and variability occurring during various steps in their extraction process, thus, making natural fibers suitable for structural composite applications at industrial scale. Current work involves controlling chemical parameters of the initial extraction step through enzymatic retting and optimizing the design of later mechanical extraction steps through finite element modeling. This work is in collaboration with Ford Motor Company and also a part of The Global CO2 Initiative at University of Michigan.

Dandan Zhang

Dandan Zhang’s research focuses on the processing of carbon nanofillers-polymer composites with controlled nanoparticle orientation and pore geometry.  Dandan’s is also involved in the research of CNT migration in polymer matrix under electrical field to study the factors that affect the rate of CNT migration.

Avi Bregman

Avi Bregman's research focused on the multiscale design of polymer nanocomposites for electro magnetic interference(EMI) shielding. Using magnetic and shear alignment inside of a UV curable matrix, advanced control of carbonaceous filler orientation is achieved and then instantly cured to combine unique microstructure with macrostructures that cannot currently be achieved.

Wesley Chapkin

Dr. Wesley Chapkin’s research involved the analysis of nanoparticle dispersion and alignment via electric fields on the resulting properties of polymer nanocomposites.  The utilization of such techniques as UV-vis and polarized Raman spectroscopy allows for an in situ, real time investigation of the evolution of a system under an applied electric field. 

Yipeng He

Yipeng He’s research includes the real-time characterization of the carbon nanotube (CNT) alignment in polymer matrices and the relevant kinetics study. The current focus is the CNT alignment in a shear flow and its comparison with an electric field. 

Xun Liu

Dr. Xun Liu formerly held the position of postdoc in the Taub group.  Her projects included microstructure characterization of cast aluminum nanocomposites produced from an in-situ gas-liquid reaction process. The size, distribution and composition of the nanoparticles in the aluminum matrix are analyzed and related to the enhanced mechanical properties. Xun was also involved in the project of incremental forming process and studies the forming force, forming mechanisms, dimensional and geometrical accuracy, formability and surface roughness for different formed geometries under various process conditions.

Maya Nath

Maya Nath’s research focused on the characterization of microstructure, texture and surface finish of aluminum alloys undergoing large deformations. This work will be used to optimize the mechanical properties of the resulting components, specifically for tensile and fatigue applications. 

Caleb Reese

Caleb Reese’s defense title: "In Situ Metal Matrix Nanocomposites: Towards Understanding Formation Mechanisms and Microstructural Control”. His postdoctoral research focused on understanding the formation mechanisms and processing-microstructure-property relationships governing aluminum-based metal matrix nanocomposites (MMNCs) fabricated via in situ methods (e.g., combustion synthesis, flux-assisted reaction synthesis). His work was based primarily on investigating the effect of alloying elements and impurities (e.g., silicon) on in situ MMNC reaction pathways, as well as the development of synchrotron X-ray methods to facilitate real-time visualization of MMNC processing. 

Erika Salem

Erika Salem’s project focused on the study of the mechanics of deformation during processing both experimentally and using finite element analysis.