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Enrique Barrera

Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering; Professor of Chemistry

Interface studies and processing of composites, coatings, and thin films. Development of new materials systems that take advantage of the unique properties of fullerenes and nanotubes. Research on new materials developments in nanotechnology. Formation of hybrid nanotube materials. The development of fully integrated nanotube composites (FINCs). THis work has been supported by the Welch FoundationInterface studies and processing of composites, coatings, and thin films. Development of new materials systems that take advantage of the unique properties of fullerenes and nanotubes. Research on new materials developments in nanotechnology. Formation of hybrid nanotube materials and the development of fully integrated nanotube composites.Study of the role of varuious nanospecies and their interaction with each other that leads to enhanced materials properties.This research is a cooperative agreement with the NASA Johnson Space Center to investigate the hypervelocity impact properties of nanocomposites.Study of the role of nanotubes and nanofibers in enhancing mechanical properties of nanocomposite systems.This program (PI: R. Smalley) has had a portion of the program directed toward the development of polymer nanocomposites. Barrera has processed and developed polypropylene, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, and epoxy carbon nanotube composites in this program.This NSF program has Jordan Konisky as the PI and Richard Tapia as the director. Barrera is a cluster leader for the program and mentors a number of students in their PH.D. program and in the summer program. Two students in Barrera's group have been partially funded from this grant.This state of texas funded program is focused on advancing the electrical properties of conducting polymers using nanotubes.This state of Texas supported program is directed toward the development of nanotube reinforced metal matrix composites where several processing methods are used including containerless processing.This research is supported by Carbon Nanotechnologies Inc and is directed toward polymer laminate and ceramic composite development.This NASA supported program is directed toward developing nanomaterials that are stress sensing, can morph, and can self heal. A central focus involves nanotube functionalization.This Office of Naval Research funded program is directed toward the enhancement of Z-axis composite properties by using small amounts of nnaotubes in the interlayers.This research supported by NASA is in cooperation with Advanced Ceramics research and Prairie View A&M University and is directed toward developing next generation radiation shielding for space vehicles.This Army Research Laboratory funded program provided the opportunity to study nanotubes in fluids and to develop nanotube filled oils and greases for thermal applications.

Publications

Z. Li, P. Dharap, S. Nagarajaiah, and E. Barrera Carbon Nanotube Film Sensor.  J. of Advanced MaterialsIn Press

K. Lozano, A. Zheng, B. Mayeaux, N. Espinoza, L. Yowell, V. Provenzano, R. Shull, B. Files, J. Bonilla Rios, and E. V. Barrera Fullerene and Nanotubes: Current Research and Future Directions.  Powder Materials: Current Research and Industrial Practices: 341-348

L. A. Zheng, E. V. Barrera, and R. D. Shull, Magnetic Properties of the Co-C60 and Fe-C60 Nanocrystalline Magnetic Thin Films.  Journal of Applied PhysicsIn Revision

Nano-Composite Fiber Systems processed from Fluorinated Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes and Polypropylene Matrix.  Chemistry of Materials, 18: 4561-4569

E. V. Barrera, Y. Bayazitoglu, S. Shenoy, Non-fourier 3-omega Method for Thermal Conductivity Measurement.  Nanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering

F. D. S. Marquis, N. N. Thadhani and E. V. Barrera, edts. Powder Materials: Current Research and Industrial Practices.  

K. Lozano, B. Files, F. Rodriguez-Macias, and E. V. Barrera Purification and Functionalization of Vapor Grown Carbon Nanotubes and Single Wall Nanotubes.  Powder Materials: Current Research and Industrial Practices: 333-340

J. Zhu, H. Peng, F. Rodriguez-Macias, J. L. Margrave, V. N. Khabashesku, M. A. Imam, K. Lozano, and E. V. Barrera Reinforcing of Epoxy Polymer Composites Through Covalent Integration of Functionalized Nanotubes.  Advanced Functional MaterialsIn Press

Barrera, E. ONR Final Report .   Sept 2001

H. Phillips III, L. Pe�a-Paras, V. N. Khabashesku, and E. V. Barrera Carbon Nanotube Functionalization: Towards Enhancing the mechanical properties of Reinforced Composites.   October 2006

L. Pe�a-Paras, D. Chakravarthi,V. Khabashesku, E. V. Barrera, Q. Zeng, K. Lozano, R. Vaidyanathan, and C. Bisch Carbon Nanotube-Polymer Composites: A Study on Electrical Conductivity.  Proceed. of SAMPE Fall techn. Conf. 2006 November 2006

K. Wilson, Y. Bayazitoglu, and E. V. Barrera The Role of Nanotubes in Melt-Processed Single Wall Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Titanium Metal matrix Composites.   November 2006

E. V. Barrera Key methods for developing single wall nanotube composites.  Journal of Materials, 52 (11) November 2000: 38-42

E. V. Barrera and K. Lozano New Technologies?New Composites.  Journal of Materials, 52 (11) November 2000: 32

Barrera, E. Final Report entitled: Symposium on Synthesis and Applications of Fullerenes and Nanotube, International Materials Congress: Cancun 98, Cancun, Mexico, August 30-September 4, 1998 .  Office of Naval Research Report May 2000

Barrera, E. Final Report on Synthesis, Characterization, and Thermal Properties of Ceramic-Fullerene Thin Films .  Office of Naval Research Report July 2000

K. Lozano and E. V. Barrera A Study of Nanofiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites (I): Thermoanalytical and Mechanical Analyses.  Journal of Applied Polymer Science January 2001

K. Wilson, E.V. Barrera, and Y. Bayazitoglu Processing of Titanium Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Metal-Matrix Composities by the Induction Melting Method.  Journal of Composite Materials 2009

E. V. Barrera and D. O. Simien Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes as Viscosity Modifiers in Polypropylene Matrix Nanocomposites.   2009

Shofner, ML; Khabashesku, VN; Barrera, EV Processing and mechanical properties of fluorinated single-wall carbon nanotube-polyethylene composites .  CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS, 18 2006/FEB: 906-913

V. N. Khabaashesku, E. V. Barrera, and R. F. M. Lobo Confirmed Tubular Carbon Nanostructures for Nanoreactors and Synthons.   2006: 1-18

P. Dharap, Z. Li, S. Nagarajaiah, and E. Barrera Nanotube film based on single wall carbon nanotubes for macrostrain sensing.  J. of Nanotechnology, 15 2004: 1-4

S. Yang, J. R. Castilleja, E. V. Barrera, and K. Lozano Thermal Analysis of an Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene/SWNT Composite.  Polymer Degradation and Stability, 83 (3) 2004: 383-388

P. Cortes, K. Lozano, E. V. Barrera, and J. Bonilla-Rios Effects of Nanofiber Treatments on the Properties of Vapor Grown Carbon Fiber Reinforced Composites.  Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 89 2003: 2527-2534

Jiang Zhu, J. D. Kim, Haiqing, Valery Khabashesku, John Margrave, and E. V. Barrera Improving the Dispersion and Integration of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes in Epoxy Composites Through Functionalization.  Nano Letters, 3 (8) 2003: 1107-1113

M. L. Shofner, F. J. Rodriguez-Macias, R. Vaidyanathan, and E. V. Barrera Single Wall Nanotube and Vapor Grown Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers Processed by Extrusion Freeform Fabrication.  Composites, Part A., 34 2003: 1207-1217

O. Rios, A. A. Fuentes, K. Lozano, E. V. Barrera, and F. R. Brotzen Dynamical Mechanical Study of Single Wall Nanotube Reinforced ABS Composites.  Antec 2002, T 46 2002: 3599-3603

M. X. Pulikkathara, R. Wilkins; Meisha Shofner, Jerry Vera, E. V. Barrera; Fernando Rodriguez-Macias, R. Vaidyanathan, C. Green, C. Condon Fluorinated single wall nanotube/polyethylene composites for multifunctional radiation protection.  MRS Symposium Proceeding 2002In Revision

Lingyi Zheng, Robert D. Shull, and E. V. Barrera Formation and Stabilization of Nanosize Grains in Ferromagnetic Thin Films by Dispersed C60.  J/ Appl. Phys., 92 2002: 523-530

E. V. Barrera, F. J. Rodriguez-Macias, M. L. Shofner, J. D. Kim, E. L. Corral, S. Cruz-Ba?uelos, B. C. Rostro, Q. Zeng, J. Zhu, C. D. Armeniades, Y. Bayazitoglu, K. Lozano, L. P. F. Chibante, F. D. S. Marquis Nanocomposites: From Spacesuits to Spaceships.  53rd International Astronautical Congress 2002

M. L. Shofner, K. Lozano, F. J. Rodriguez-Macias, and E. V. Barrera Nanofiber Reinforced Polymers Prepared by Fused Deposition Modeling.  Journal of Applied Polymer Science 2002In Revision

Erica L. Corral, Joseph Cesarano III, John N. Stuecker, and Enrique V. Barrera Processing of Carbon Nanofiber Reinforced Silicon Nitride Matrix Composites.  Proceedings for Rapid Prototyping of Materials 2002: 52-61

M. X. Pulikkathara, R. Wilkins, J. Vera, L. K. Fotedar, E. V. Barrera, T. S. Reese, H. Huff, R. C. Singketerry, and B. Syed Radiation Effect Risk Analysis and Mitigation of Carbon Nanomaterials and Nanocomposites.  Website Pub. 2002

K. Lozano, A. Gaspar-Rosas, and E. V. Barrera Rheological Examination of C60 in Low Density Solutions.  Carbon, 40/3 2002: 271-276

K. Lozano, J. Bonilla Rios, and E. V. Barrera A Study of Nanofiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites (II): Investigation of the Mixing Rheology and Conduction Properties.  Journal of Applied Polymer Science 2001

L. Yowell, B. Mayeaux, H. Wang, and E. V. Barrera Application of Carbon Nanotubes and Fullerenes for Thermal Management in Ceramics.  MRS Proceedings, 633 2001: A14.4.1-A17.4.6

E. V. Barrera, L. P. F. Chibante, B. Collins, F. Rodriquez-Marcias, M. Shofner, J. D. Kim, and F. D. S. Marquis Recycling Nanotubes from Polymer Nanocomposites.  Powder Materials Current Research and Industrial Practices, F. D. S. Marquis, E. V. Barrera, and N. Thadani, edts., TMS Pub. 2001: 267-282

Lingyi A. Zheng, Bruce M. Lairson, Robert D. Shull, and Enrique V. Barrera Formation of Nanomagnetic Thin Films by Dispersed Fullerenes.  Applied Physics Letters, 77 (20) 2000: 3242-3244

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Department of Materials Science and Nanoengineering
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  • B.S. (1979) University of Texas ()
  • M.S. (1984) University of Texas ()
  • Ph.D. (1987) University of Texas ()
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Environmental and Energy Systems Institute
  • Rice Quantum Institute
  • Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology
  • Interface studies and processing of composites, coatings, and thin films. Development of new materials systems that take advantage of the unique properties of fullerenes and nanotubes. Research on new materials developments in nanotechnology. Formation of hybrid nanotube materials and the development of fully integrated nanotube composites.
Email: ebarrera@rice.edu
Phone: 713-348-6016
Office: Mechanical Engineering Building, 237