Alan Taub


2098 HH Dow Building

T: (734) 763-1024




Research Group

Research Staff
Xun Liu

Dr. Xun Liu’s projects include 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 is 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.

Graduate Students
Avi Bregman

Avi Bregman's research focuses 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

Wes Chapkin’s research involves 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. 

Amy Langhorst

Amy Langhorst is a first year graduate student in the Taub Group performing sustainable plastics research in tandem with her full time position at Ford Motor Company.

Anita Luong

Anita Luong’s research focuses on probing molecular-level interactions at sealing and adhesive interfaces.  A deeper understanding of interfacial interactions will help to improve and better predict performance of adhesives and sealants, critical to alternative energy propulsion and light-weighting applications.  This work is done in collaboration with General Motors Fuel Cell Activities.

Maya Nath

Maya Nath’s research focuses 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. Further studies will be done to explore the effects of complex strain histories and the application of temperature during forming.

Caleb Reese

Caleb Reese’s research includes the characterization and imaging of aluminum based metal matrix nano-composites (MMNC's) using microscopy techniques like TEM, XPS etc. for phase identification and chemical composition analysis of the in-situ processed AlN nano-precipitates in an Al matrix.

Erika Salem

Erika Salem’s project focus is the study of the mechanics of deformation during processing both experimentally and using finite element analysis. The information gained will be used to better control material thinning, and will lead to an increase in formability. Further study will be done on exploring different toolpaths to examine the resulting microstructure and determine how processing affects the mechanical properties.