Research and Impact:
Our group is the earliest to invent and develop strain sensing using nanomaterials–both contact and noncontact laser based–in an institute/center funded by NASA (Texas Institute of Intelligent Bio-Nano Materials and Structures for Aerospace Vehicles—co-principal investigator). Our team also conducted widely cited research on nanocomposite based strain sensing in the AFOSR funded study. We have recently developed and demonstrated laser based non-contact strain sensing with funding from Office of Naval Research.
Loh, K. and Nagarajaiah, S. “Innovative Developments of Advanced Multifunctional Nanocomposites in Civil and Structural Engineering,” Woodhead (Subsidiary of Elsevier) Published in 2016.
Visit the following websites for highlights of our research in sensing using nanomaterials
- 2004 paper on strain sensing using SWCNT nanofilms by Professors Satish Nagarajaiah and Enrique Barrera is highlighted on the 25th anniversary Web page of the Nanotechnology Journal http://iopscience.iop.org/0957-4484/page/25th-volume
- Interview with Satish Nagarajaiah and Enrique Barrera
- Nanotube film based on single-wall carbon nanotubes for strain sensing Prasad Dharap, Zhiling Li, Satish Nagarajaiah and E V Barrera 2004 Nanotechnology 15 379 PDF
- Smart Strain Sensing Nanotech Paint highlighted on National Science Foundation Science 360 web site http://lnkd.in/Yzsdwy
- Rice News: http://news.rice.edu/2012/06/21/nano-infused-paint-can-detect-strain/
- Nano-infused paint can detect strain highlighted on ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute Website in 2012
Students who worked primarily on research involving contact and non-contact strain sensing using nanomaterials:
2017, Dr. Peng (Patrick) Sun “Strain-Sensing Smart Skin for Structural Health Monitoring” Ph.D. Dissertation, CEVE, Rice University, M.S., B.S. Southeast University, China.
Students who worked partially on research involving contact and non-contact strain sensing using nanomaterials:
2014, Dr. Srivishnu Venkata Mohan Vemuru, Ph.D. Dissertation, CEVE, Rice University, M.S. Rice, B.S. NIT- Surtkal, India
2010, Srivishnu Mohan, M.S. Thesis, CEVE, Rice University, B.S. NIT- Surtkal, India
2006, Dr. Li Zhiling, Ph.D. Dissertation, CEVE, Rice University. M.S. Tsinghua University, China, B.S. Tsinghua University, China
2006, Dr. Dharap Prasad, Ph.D. Dissertation, CEVE, Rice University. M.S. IIT-Bombay, India, B.S. VJIT, Bombay, India
Papers resulting from research involving contact and non-contact strain sensing using nanomaterials:
Sun, P., Bachilo, S. M., Lin, C.W., Nagarajaiah, S., Weisman, R. B. (2019) “Noncontact Strain Mapping Using Laser-Induced Fluorescence from Nanotube-Based Smart Skin,” Journal of Structural Engineering, 145, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0002227.
Sun, P., Bachilo, S. M., Lin, C.W., Nagarajaiah, S., Weisman, R. B. (2019) “Dual-layer nanotube-based smart skin for enhanced noncontact strain sensing,” Structural Control and Health Monitoring, DOI: 10.1002/stc.2279, e2279.
Sun, P., Bachilo, S.M., Nagarajaiah, S. and Weisman, R.B. (2016). “Toward Practical Non-Contact Optical Strain Sensing Using Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes”, ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology, 5(8), M3012-M3017, DOI: 10.1149/2.0031608jss.
Sun, P., Bachilo, S., Weisman, M., and Nagarajaiah, S., (2015). “Carbon nanotubes as non-contact optical strain sensors in smart skins”, Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design, 50(7), 505-512, DOI: 10.1177/0309324715597414.
Withey, P.A., Vemuru, V.S.M., Bachilo, S. M., . and Nagarajaiah, S. and Weisman, R. B. “Strain Paint: Noncontact Strain Measurement Using Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Composite Coatings,” Nano Letters, ACS, DOI: 10.1021/nl301008m, 12(2), 3497-3500 (2012).
Srivastava R. K.,. Vemuru V. S. M., Zeng Y., Vajtai R., Nagarajaiah S., Ajayan P.M., Srivastava A. ” The strain sensing and thermal–mechanical behavior of flexible multi-walled carbon nanotube polystyrene composite films.” Carbon, DOI:10.1016/j.carbon.2011.05.031, 49(12), 3928-3936, (2011).
Hemtej, G., Vemuru, V. S. M., Kumar, A., Botello-Mendez, A., Vajtai, R., Terrones, M., Nagarajaiah S., Ajayan, P. M. “Flexible Piezoelectric ZnO-paper Nanocomposite Strain Sensor” Small, DOI: 10.1002/smll.201000254, 6(15), 1641-1646 (2010).
Vemuru, S. M., Wahi, R., Nagarajaiah, S. and Ajayan, P.M. “Strain sensing using a multiwalled carbon nanotube film” Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design, DOI: 10.1243/03093247JSA535, 44( 7), 555-562 (2009).
Li, Z., Dharap, P., Sharma, P., Nagarajaiah, S. and Yakobson, B. “A continuum field model of defect formation in single walled carbon nanotubes,” Journal of Applied Physics, DOI: 10.1063/1.1870102, 97(7), 074303-1 to 8, (2005).
Li, Z., Dharap, P., Nagarajaiah, S., Nordgren, R., and Yackobson, B. “Nonlinear Analysis of a SWNT over a Bundle of Nanotubes”, Int. Journal of Solids and Structures, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2004.05.043, 41, 6925–6936 (2004).
Prasad, D., Li, Z., Nagarajaiah, S., and Barrera, E. “Flexural Strain Sensing using Carbon Nanotube film,” Sensor Review Journal, DOI: 10.1108/02602280410545399, 24(3), 271-273 (2004).
Li, Z., Dharap, P., Nagarajaiah, S., Barrera, E., and Kim, J. D. “Carbon Nanofilm Sensor,” Advanced Materials Journal, DOI: 10.1002/adma.200306310, 16(7), 640-643, (2004).
Dharap, P., Li, Z., Nagarajaiah, S., and Barrera, E. “Nanotube film based on SWNT for macrostrain sensing,” Nanotechnology Journal, DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/15/3/026, 15(3), 379 – 382 (2004),Top 100 most highly downloaded articles in 2004.