Advanced Ceramics Group

Director

Educating next generation scientists and engineers with expertise in advanced ceramic science and engineering and promoting awareness of ceramics and related fields among undergraduate students and the general South Florida community

ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS LAB

Principal Investigator

Research conducted in the Advanced Functional Materials laboratory focuses on advanced materials that are functionalized through chemical, biochemical, and physical methods, towards their application in the following areas: Flexible optoelectronics, Naturally occurring polymers, Theranostics, Catalysts for biofuels synthesis and carbon dioxide mitigation, Sensors for environmental applications, 3D Printing of nanomaterials.

AMERI: Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute
Motorola Nanofabrication Research Facility

Director

AMERI specializes in nano-technology, nano-fabrication, biosensors, carbon nanotubes and nanowires, micro fuel cells and batteries, electronic materials, ceramics, polymers, biomaterials, metals and alloys, and composite materials.

Battery Research Laboratory

Director

The laboratory specializes in the development of electrode and electrolyte materials for batteries. The laboratory has capabilities for prototyping (coin and pouch), benchmarking (cycle life, capacity retention, and failure mechanism), and safety assessment (abusive testing) of conventional and emerging battery systems that include lithium-ion, lithium-sulfur, and lithium-air batteries.

Center for the Study of Matter under Extreme Conditions

Director

CESMEC specializes in developing and testing new materials for ultra high temperatures and pressures.

C-MEMS

Director

Biofuel cells, which convert biochemical energy into electrical energy, are expected to be a potential solution to the drawbacks presented by conventional batteries, but the power density and operational lifetime requirements for implanted devices have not been met by the current biofuel cells. In order to address the aforementioned shortcomings of biofuel cells, Dr. Wang’s group has investigated C-MEMS based electrodes for micro-biofuel cell applications both theoretically and experimentally.

Composites Laboratory

Director

The Composite Laboratory specializes in Structure-to-Property Relationships, Design of Materials, Analysis Methods, and Material Systems Expertise.

Computational Fluids and Energy Sciences (CFES) Laboratory

Director

Research conducted in the CFES Lab is focused on computational fluid dynamics fundamentals and applications (turbulence, multiphase flows, and combustion), building energy simulation, and indoor environmental modeling.

Corrosion Laboratory

Director

At the FSI lab, we are engaged in projects at the intersection of fluid dynamics and computational mechanics. The research conducted in this laboratory is mainly concerned with the stability analysis of flexible structures interacting with fluid flow, bio-inspired design of aero vehicles, the evolutionary study of designs in nature, and innovative energy harvesting methods.

Engineering Manufacturing Center (EMC)

Director

The Engineering Manufacturing Center provides technical expertise in manufacturing to anyone in need of assistance.  Typically the center supports researchers, graduate and undergraduate students with projects requiring high-precision quality fabrication and requiring expert technical guidance.

Fluid Structure Interaction Lab

Director

At the FSI lab, we are engaged in projects at the intersection of fluid dynamics and computational mechanics. The research conducted in this laboratory is mainly concerned with the stability analysis of flexible structures interacting with fluid flow, bio-inspired design of aero vehicles, the evolutionary study of designs in nature, and innovative energy harvesting methods.

Interdisciplinary Microfluidics Lab (IML)

Director

Research at the IML traverses the fields of fluid mechanics, colloid science, soft matter, electrical engineering, nanotechnology and machine learning to advance the fundamental understanding of microfluidic systems and develop new applications for these technologies using a combination of theory, numerics and experiment. Currently our group is working on projects ranging from the application of microfluidic systems to environmental studies in marine biology to fundamental research on the individual and collective motion of active colloids. 

Mechatronics Laboratory

Director

Established by Dr. Tansel in 1990. Currently, the research is focused on the application of the structural health monitoring (SHM) methods for the additively manufactured parts. The group recently developed sensorless SHM systems by using the heterodyne effect. The lab has several additive manufacturing equipment and manufacture polymer parts for the students for various projects. The group also works on the modeling of metal cutting process and automatic monitoring of the manufacturing operations.

Multidisciplinary Analysis, Inverse Design, Robust Optimization and Control Laboratory

Director

The purpose of the MAIDROC is to foster multidisciplinary advanced computational research involving FIU, national and international community of experts. MAIDROC provides independent, secure, and up-to-date computing environment for diverse large-scale simulation projects that involve several engineering disciplines such as fluid dynamics, solid mechanics, heat transfer, electro-magnetics and chemistry.

NASA Center for Research and Education in 2D Optoelectronics (CRE2DO)

Center Director and Principal Investigator

CRE2DO’s primary goal is to develop cutting-edge technologies that integrate 2D materials in space-resilient infrastructure materials, communication devices, and small satellite technology. The nanomaterials enhance reliability of mechanical and electrical components in spaceship devices and wearable electronics. The superconductor materials developed by CRE2DO aim to eliminate the need for battery power, while the material composites could be used in the infrastructure for spaceship components destined for Mars, and on wearable electronics placed inside space suits to enable high-speed communication by astronauts back to the space station.

PFL: Plasma Forming Laboratory

Director

The Plasma laboratory provides excellent experimental research facilities for hot and cold plasma deposition, thermal barrier coating, anti-corrosion coating, bulk metallic glasses manufacturing and characterization.

Robotics & Automation Laboratory

The group focuses on a variety of topics including mechatronic design of robotic and automation systems, implementation of fault tolerance to mechanical systems, fault-tolerant design, fault recovery systems, development of modular architectures, intelligent controllers, robotics technology for waste site operations, design of very light robots, long-reach arm development, biomedical use of robotics technology and teleoperation systems.

Sustainable Energy and Thermal Transport Systems (SETTS) Laboratory

Director

Research conducted in the SETTS Lab includes compact heat exchangers, thermal management, microfluidics, HVAC, solar energy technologies (including PV/T), and geothermal energy utilization using ground source heat pump.