University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati provides expertise in areas including Intelligent Propulsion Systems, Nondestructive Characterization of Macro- Micro- and Nano-Materials, Intelligent Maintenance Systems, an d Advanced Sensor Technology.

With 11 Ohio Eminent Scholars and $443 million in research funding, UC is truly an innovative leader in Ohio and beyond. From the organic form at the lab bench to the lines on a drafting table, research at UC assumes many shapes, sizes and even sounds. Discovery at UC is wide-ranging, from basic, clinical and translational research, to creative works and performance.

Emerging Energy Systems

  • Fuel Cells
    • Development of innovative electrodes, electrolyte, and sealing technologies/materials and their synthesis for a SOFC with efficient operation at lower temperatures of 500-650°C
    • Novel electrode and membrane materials based on functionalized nanotubes and self-assembled proton exchange membranes for low temperature fuel cells
    • Thermal and water management in fuel cells to control and enhance the heat, mass and volatile species transport utilizing micro-channel forced convective heat/mass transfer, two-phase flows, and interfacial phenomena
    • Development of nanoparticle electrodes for the alkaline fuel cells and optimization of the metal for maximum power density
  • Hydrogen Production and Storage
    • Using biomass and organic waste derived carbohydrates and hydrocarbons using transition metal-loaded zeolite catalysts and regenerative SOFC
    • Electrolytically split water using solar energy
    • Use functionalized carbon and B-N nanofibers and nanotube arrays for hydrogen storage
    • Chemically split water using electropositive metals
  • Solar Energy Conversion or Direct Utilization
    • Use of TiO2 arrays for photovoltaic energy conversion.
    • Solar cells based on self-assembled quantum dots/polymer composites.
    • Develop TiO2-based nanomaterials for photocatalytic treatment of water.
  • Alternative Fuels
    • Molecular design of catalysts for biomass conversion to fuels
    • Synthesis and properties of the catalysts
    • Develop novel catalysts for gasification and water-gas shift reaction
    • Membranes for hydrogen separation and shift reaction

Multi-scale Material Characterization and Composite Structures Laboratory

  • For more information concerning this research facility, please contact the director, Dr. Jandro Abot.
  • Processing and Manufacturing Press Molding
    • Press molding processing of polymeric composite materials.
  • Processing and Manufacturing Resin Transfer Molding (RTM)
    • Resin transfer molding (RTM) of polymeric composite materials.
  • Processing and Manufacturing Resin Infusion
  • Processing and Manufacturing Wet Lab Facilities
  • Thermomechanical Characterization Loading Stage System
  • Thermomechanical Characterization Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer
  • Thermomechanical Characterization Polariscope
    • Polariscope for mechanical characterization and calculation of residual stresses from prototypes made of birefringent materials.

Non-Destructive Evaluation Laboratory

  • For more information concerning this research facility, please contact the director, Dr. Peter Nagy.
  • Scanning ultrasonic microscope
  • White light interference microscope
  • Eddy current imager
  • Magnetic scanner noncontacting thermoelectric imaging
  • Laser interferometric detection and generation systems for non-contacting ultrasonic inspection
  • Alternating current potential drop (ACPD) analyzer with LR-700 resistance meter
  • Computerized ultrasonic data acquisition systems
    High-power ultrasonic system for the inspection of strongly attenuating materials
  • Noncontacting electromagnetic acoustic transducers
  • Eddy current inspection systems (Staveley Nortec, UniWest, Agilent)
  • 100 kN MTS for fatigue cycling and electro-elastic and acousto-elastic measurements

Turbomachinery Erosion and Performance Deterioration Laboratory

  • For more information concerning this research facility, please contact the director, Dr. Widen Tabakoff.
  • Erosion wind tunnels (cold and high temperature)
  • Two types of three-dimensional laser facilities
  • High speed photographic array
  • Microbalances
  • Axial compressor (GE)
  • Axial turbine (NASA)

Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems

  • Smart Structures and Nano-Technology Research Laboratory
    • Carbon Nanotube Synthesis
      • Chemical Vapor Deposition using advanced nano-furnace
      • Identification and optimization of CNT growth parameters
      • Substrate thickness and growth methods
      • Characterization of CNT arrays (ESEM, EDS, TEM)
      • Diffusion enhancement and improved catalyst
    • Biosensors
      • MWCNT tower sensors for generic chemical and biological sensing
      • Electrochemical Methods – Cyclic Voltammetry and EIS
      • Nanotube array immunosensor
      • Wearable noninvasive chemical sensor
      • Nanotube needle biosensor for in-vivo use
      • Nanotube cell biosensor for cancer detection
      • Preparation and Functionalization of electrodes
    • Structural Health Monitoring
      • Continuous Sensors
      • Structural Neural System
      • Active Fiber Composite Sensors
      • Analytical modeling of wave propagation in composite/isotropic plates
  • Structural Dynamics Research Laboratory
  • Robotics Research Laboratory
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics Research Laboratory
  • Computer-Aided Engineering Research Laboratory
  • Acoustic liners facility for cold & hot flow research
  • Afterburner Simulation Test Bed
  • Anechoic chamber for subsonic and supersonic aero-acoustic research
  • Atmospheric, flameless, and high pressure combustor Facilities
  • Fire Test Center
  • Gas Turbine Simulation Lab
  • Compressor research facility
  • Simulation Lab for High-Speed Propulsion Integration
  • Subsonic, transonic, and supersonic wind tunnels for flow research