- Ph.D., Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA, August 1997–March 2001
- M.S., Department of Mining Engineering (MSE concentration), Istanbul Technical University, June 1992–June 1995
- B.S., Department of Mining Engineering (MSE concentration), Istanbul Technical University, September 1988–June 1992
Dr. Asmatulu joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Wichita State University (WSU) as an assistant professor in 2006, and became an associate professor in 2012 and full professor in 2017 in the same department. Prior to this position at WSU, he had postdoc and R&D experiences at Virginia Tech, University of Connecticut and Yale University. He is currently working with seven PhD, 12 MS and six BS students. He has published more than 400 technical papers with his students and collaborators in his field.
Dr. Asmatulu’s research interests include both theoretical and experimental understanding of nanoparticles for solar cells, fuel cells, supercapacitors, and biodiesel production; laminate and sandwich composites for aircraft and wind turbine manufacturing; functionalization and crosslinking of CNT wires; modeling and simulation of solid structures; highly durable nanocomposite thin films for lightning strike prevention, EMI shielding and fire retardancy; electrospun nanofibers for scaffolding, biosensors, structural health monitoring and water splitting; nanocomposite coatings against corrosion, moisture and UV degradation; nanomembranes for waste water filtration; and nanoemulsion and hydrogel-based targeted drug delivery systems.
- ME 250 Materials Engineering.
- ME 657 Introduction to Nanotechnology
- ME 667 Mechanical Properties of Materials
- ME 752 Failure Analysis
- ME 753 Advanced Materials for Energy Systems
- ME 844 Advanced Biomaterials
- ME 760 Fracture Mechanics
- ME 865 Corrosion Science and Engineering
- ME 850N Nanomaterials Fabrication and Characterization
Selected Journal Articles
- Desai, F., Seyedhassantehrani, N., Shagar, M., Gu, S., and Asmatulu, R. “Synthesis and Characterization of KOH-Treated Electrospun Nanofiber Mats as Electrodes for Iron-Based Redox-Flow Batteries,” Journal of Energy Storage, 2020 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.est.2019.101053).
- Soltani, S., Razinobakht, S.A., and Asmatulu, R. “Effects of Carbon Black Silanization on Isothermal Curing Kinetics of Epoxy Nanocomposites,” Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2020 (in press).
- Usta, A., Man, K., Strong, N., Misak, H., Wooley, P., and Asmatulu, R. “Investigating MTX-Loaded Magnetic Nanocomposite Particles for Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis,” Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 2020 (in press).
- Asmatulu, R., Erukala, K.S., Shinde, M., Gorji, M.R., and Alarifi, I.M. “Investigating the Effects of Surface Treatments on Adhesion Properties of Protective Coatings on Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Composite Laminates,” Surface and Coatings Technology, Vol. 380, 2019 (DOI: 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2019.125006).
- Kasaragadda, S. Alarifi, I.M., Gorji, M., and Asmatulu, R. “Investigating the Effects of Surface Superhydrophobicity on Moisture Ingression of Nanofiber-Reinforced Bio-Composite Structures,” Microsystem Technologies, Vol. 25, pp. 1-13, 2019.
- Saeednia, L., Yao, L., Cluff, K., and Asmatulu, R. “Sustained Releasing of Methotrexate from Injectable and Thermosensitive Chitosan-Carbon Nanotube Hybrid Hydrogels Effectively Controls Tumor Cell Growth,” ACS Omega, Vol. 4, pp. 4040-4048, 2019.
List of Current Projects
- “Nanofiber-based Biosensors for the Rapid Detection of PKU Molecules” funded by John See Award Program, 2019.
- “Re-mineralizing Tooth Cavities through Antibacterial Nanocomposite Materials,” funded by WMREF, 2019.
- “Highly Durable Superhydrophobic Coatings for Deicing of Aircraft Skins in Harsh Weather Conditions,” funded by the NCAT/KART, 2018.
- “Superhydrophobic Coatings for Corrosion Mitigation” funded by WSU, 2017.
- “Hydrogel-based Nanoemulsion Drug Delivery Systems,” funded by the WSU, 2016.
- “Structural Health Monitoring of Composite Structures” funded by WSU, 2016.
- “Emulsion-based Nanofuel Systems for Internal Combustion Engines” funded by Fuel Technologies, 2015.
- “Electrospun SrTiO3 Nanofibers Incorporated with NiOx Nanoparticles for Improved Water Splitting Efficiency,” funded by NSF EPSCoR, 2015.
- “Pyrocarbonization of CNT Yarns for Enhanced Physical Properties,” funded by the AFRL, 2015.
Dr. Asmatulu’s research interests include both theoretical and experimental understanding of nanoparticles for solar cells, fuel cells, supercapacitors, and biodiesel production; laminated and sandwich composites for aircraft and wind turbine manufacturing; functionalization and crosslinking of CNT wires; modeling and simulation of solid structures; highly durable nanocomposite thin films for lightning strike prevention, EMI shielding and fire retardancy; electrospun nanofibers for scaffolding, biosensors, structural health monitoring and water splitting; nanocomposite coatings against corrosion, moisture and UV degradation; nanomembranes for waste water filtration; and nanoemulsion and hydrogel-based targeted drug delivery systems.
Research Lab Information
The nanotechnology research and teaching laboratories were developed in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Wichita State University, and have been actively used for various industry and academic projects. The Nanolab laboratory spaces (1500 ft2) are located in the Wallace Hall 125, and Beggs Hall 137, 139 and 144. The equipment in this facility includes two electrospinning units, a layer-by-layer coating unit (dipping unit), autoclaves, centrifuges, asylum atomic force microscope (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), optical microscopes, corrosion testing units, UV photolithography, oxygen plasma cleaner, AC/DC power units, UV-Vis spectrometer, software-driven optical and fluorescence microscopes, zeta potential/nanosizer, fume hoods, spin coating apparatus, capacitance bridge, shakers, freezers, glove boxes, injection molding unit, pH meters, balances, photograph unit, environmental chamber, UV chamber, hot press, two furnace, oven, shakers and contact angle and surface tension measurement devices. In addition to these, the department has a well-equipped composite/nanocomposite labs that includes DSC, TGA, DMA, Raman Spectroscopy, FTIR, VARTM, composite curing oven, press, rheometer, viscosity meter, C-scan, SEM, three-mill rolling, cryogenic milling, mixers, etc. The equipment are extensively used in the funded projects above, graduate students’ projects, as well as other industry projects.