Derrick R. Dean, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering

PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois, 1994


Research Interests

Our research program focuses on the processing structure property relationships of polymers and multiphase polymer systems including nanocomposites, blends and fiber-reinforced composites.

Recent Publications

Abdalla, Mohamed, Dean, Derrick; Robinson, Pamela; Nyairo, Elijah, “Cure behavior of epoxy/MWCNT nanocomposites: the effect of nanotube surface modification”, Polymer, v 49, n 15, p 3310-3317, July 7, 2008.
Green K J, Dean D, Vaidya U K and Nyairo E, “Multiscale Fiber Reinforced Composites Based on a Carbon/Epoxy Nanophased Polymer Matrix: Synthesis, Mechanical and Thermomechanical Behavior,” Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing 40, 9 (2009) p. 1470-1475.
Jose M V, Thomas V, Dean D and Nyairo E. “Fabrication and Characterization of Aligned Nanofibrous PLGA/Collagen Blends as Bone Tissue Scaffolds” Polymer 50, 15 (2009) p. 3778-3785.
Chevali, Venkata S. Dean, Derrick; Janowski, Gregg M., “Flexural creep behavior of discontinuous thermoplastic composites: Non-linear viscoelastic modeling and time-temperature-stress superposition,” Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, v 40, n 6-7, p 870-877, July 2009.
Steinert, Brian W.; and Dean, Derrick;. “Magnetic field alignment and electrical properties of solution cast PET-carbon nanotube composite films, Polymer, V 50, n 3, p 898-904, January 28, 2009
Tambralli, Ajay , Blakeney, Bryan; Anderson, Joel; Kushwaha, Meenakshi; Andukuri, Adinarayana; Dean, Derrick; Jun, Ho-Wook, “A hybrid biomimetic scaffold composed of electrospun polycaprolactone nanofibers and self-assembled peptide amphiphile nanofibers,” Biofabrication, v1, n 2, 2009.
Wang, Shiren, Tambraparni, Madhava; Qiu, Jingjing; Tipton, John; Dean, Derrick; “Thermal expansion of graphene composites,”, Macromolecules, v 42, n 14, p 5251-5255, July 28, 2009.
Bottino, Marco C. Jose, Moncy V.; Thomas, Vinoy; Dean, Derrick RDean, Derrick; Janowski, Gregg M. ”Freeze-dried acellular dermal matrix graft: Effects of rehydration on physical, chemical, and mechanical properties,” Dental Materials, v 25, n 9, p 1109-1115, September 2009.