Dr. Chris J. Cornelius is a professor of chemical engineering and the associate dean for research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. (Courtesy photo)

Professor holds seminar for Army material scientists

By David McNally, ARL Public Affairs

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (March 16, 2016) — Army material scientists hosted a visit March 3 from an academic researcher for a seminar on designing nanomaterials.

Dr. Chris J. Cornelius, professor of chemical engineering and the associate dean for research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, provided a seminar on “Designing Nanomaterials using Polymers and Silica-Titanate: Synthesis, Composition and Physical Properties.”

During his visit, Cornelius toured at the Rodman Materials Research Laboratory and the Novel Energetics Research Facility at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s APG campus.

“I believe that this research facility provides an interface between basic science and the future needs of our nation,” Cornelius said. “Perhaps, these relationships can reshape how we work together as a community.”

About Christopher Cornelius

Chris J. Cornelius’ work investigates fundamental material interrelationships between structure, physical properties, and transport, of natural and synthetic polymers, ionomers, hybrid organic-inorganic materials, and sol-gel glasses. He teaches graduate and undergraduate thermodynamics, polymer physics, and transport phenomena. His combined research experience spans over 15 years as a faculty member, a senior administrator in academia, a national laboratory staff scientist, and an industrial engineer. He uses his unique perspectives to contribute to outreach efforts to promote student and faculty diversity to enrich the research, scholarship, and learning domains. In addition to teaching and research, he is also the Editor of the Journal of Materials Science.

ARL’s Open Campus initiative is a collaborative endeavor, with the goal of building a science and technology ecosystem that will “encourage groundbreaking advances in basic and applied research areas of relevance to the Army,” according to its website.

“We envision that these interactions will lead to productive collaborations in surface science, sol-gel chemistry, coatings and other areas of macromolecular science,” said Steve Taulbee, Open Campus and Institutional Relations ambassador with the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate.

Taulbee said the professor may consider a future visiting faculty position under the Open Campus initiative.

Editor’s note: The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

Originally published at www.army.mil on March 16, 2016.