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Dan D. Edie, Ph.D.

Dr. Dan EdieDow Chemical Professor Emeritus and Research Professor
High Performance Fibers, Composite Materials, Polymer
Processing, and Rheology
Phone: 864-656-4535
Office: 208 Earle Hall


Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1972
M.S., University of Toledo, 1969
B.S., Ohio University, 1965

Research Interests:

Rheology, Mathematical Modeling, Advanced Materials

Composite materials, high-performance fibers, polymer processing and rheology are the primary research interests of Professor Edie. In past research he and his students have discovered techniques that dramatically increase the physical and thermal properties of carbon and liquid-crystalline fibers and improve their performance in composite materials.  Professor Edie and his students have also studied the viscoelastic behavior of liquid crystalline materials. Based on this information, they have created visual 3D models for predicting the development of structure during the formation of liquid-crystalline fibers and films. These models permit critical process variables to be recognized and allow better design and control of high performance fiber processes.

Professor Edie has applied a similar approach to create activated carbon fibers that are designed to adsorb specific molecules. In a collaborative effort with Dr. Thies and his students, pitch precursors are being produced with specific molecular structures. This unprecedented control precursor chemistry, combined with careful control of process conditions, has allowed them to produce activated carbon fibers with specific pore structures. Applications for these fibers range from environmental remediation to hydrogen storage.

Selected Publications/h3>

Palkar A, Melin F, Cardona CM, Elliot B, Naskar AK, Edie DD, Kumbhar A, and Echegoyen L. "Reactivity Differences between Carbon Nano Onions (CNOs) Prepared by Different Methods," Chem. Asian J. 2(5):625-633 (2007).

Naskar AK, and Edie DD. "Consolidation of Reactive Ultem Powder-Coated Carbon Fiber Tow for Space Structure Composites by Resistive Heating," Journal of Composite Materials 40(20):1871-1883 (2006).

Mukundan T, Bhanu VA, Wiles KB, Johnson H, Bortner M, Baird DG, Naskar AK, Ogale AA, Edie DD, McGrath JE. "A Photocrosslinkable Melt Processible Acrylonitrile Terpolymer as Carbon Fiber Precursor," Polymer 47: 4163-4171 (2006).

Makradi A, Ahzi S, Gregory RV, Edie DD. "A Two-Phase Self-Consistent Model for the Deformation and Phase Transformation Behavior of Polymers above the Glass Transition Temperature: Application to PET," International Journal of Plasticity, 21: 741-758 (2005).

Cato AD, Edie DD, and Harrison GM. "Steady State and Transient Rheological Behavior of Mesophase Pitch, Part I: Experiment," Journal of Rheology 4(1):161-174 (2005).

Naskar AK, Walker RA, Proulx S, Edie DD, and Ogale, AA. "UV Assisted Stabilization Routes for Carbon Fiber Precursors Produced from Melt-Processible Polyacrylonitrile Terpolymer, Carbon, 43(5):1065-1072, 2005.

Cho T, Lee YS, Rao R, Rao AM, Edie, DD, and Ogale AA. "Structure of Carbon Fiber Obtained from Nanotube-Reinforced Mesophase Pitch," Carbon, 41(7): 1419-1424 (2003).

Cato AD, and Edie, DD. "Flow Behavior of Mesophase Pitch," Carbon, 41(7): 1411-1417 (2003).

Manocha LM, Warrier A, Manocha S, Edie DD, and Ogale AA.  "Microstructure of Carbon/Carbon Composites Reinforced with Pitch-Based Ribbon-Shape Carbon Fibers," Carbon, 41(7): 1425-1436 (2003).

Paiva MC, Kotasthane P, Edie DD, and Ogale AA. "UV Stabilization Route for Melt-Processible PAN-Based Carbon Fibers," Carbon, 41(7): 1399-1409 (2003).

Azhi S, Makradi A, Gregory RV, Edie, DD. "Modeling of Deformation Behavior and Strain-Induced Crystallization in Poly(ethylene terephthalate)  Above the Glass Transition Temperature," Mechanics of Materials, 35(12): 1139-1148 (2003).