Polymer Composite and Materials Laboratory

Papers in Refereed Journals


Papers in Refereed Conference Proceedings

  • Lalli J.H., Hill A., Hannah S., Subrahmanyan S., Bortner M., Mecham J., Davis B., Goff R.M., Claus R.O., “ Self-Assembled Nanostructured Sensors ”, Proceedings of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Smart Sensor Technology and Measurement Systems, 5384, 143-147 (2004)

Papers and Posters Presented at Professional Meetings

  • Cellulose Nanocrystal Composites for Transparent Conductive Films, TAPPI International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials, Grenoble, France, June 2016, invited presentation

  • The Effect of Acid Hydrolysis Reaction Conditions on Yield of Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNCs), Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Symposium Poster, Blacksburg, VA, April 2016

  • Nanocomposite Processing, Morphology and Structure-Property Relationships, VT/UTK Polymer Workshop, Knoxville, TN, April 2016

  • Polymer and Composite Materials Laboratory, Introductory seminar to the CHE advisory board, Blacksburg, VA, April 1, 2016

  • Control of Interphase Morphology During Processing for Traditional and Nanocellulose-Based Fillers, poster presentation, CenTiRe Industry Advisory Board Meeting, Akron, OH, February 2016

  • Functionalization, Processing and Dispersion of Cellulose Nanofillers for Tire Compounds, poster presentation, CenTiRe Industry Advisory Board Meeting, Akron, OH, February 2016

  • Polymer and Materials Processing, Morphology and Structure-Property Relationships, MII introductory seminar, Blacksburg, VA, December 2, 2015

  • Unlocking the Potential of Cellulose Nanocrystals by Reducing Production Costs, Governor’s Agriculture & Industrial Biotechnology Conference, Danville, VA, September 2015, invited presentation

  • Market Insertion and Transition Pathways for Pulp Based Nanocellulose, U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), Madison, WI, December 2014, invited presentation

  • Economical Nanostructured Super Low Friction Shipboard Duct Coatings, Office of Naval Research Thermal Management Program Review, June 2012, San Diego, CA


  • Bortner, M.J., M.D. Wilding, and D.G. Baird, “Benign processing of thermally unstable acrylic copolymers using supercritical carbon dioxide”, ACS 7th Annual Green Chemistry Conference Extended Abstract, 2003

  • Bortner, M.J., M.D. Wilding, and D.G. Baird, “Extrusion of acrylic polymers using CO2 as a processing aid”, American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting Abstract, 2003

  • Bortner, M.J. and D.G. Baird, “Processing of supercritical CO2 plasticized acrylic copolymers”, American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting Abstract, 2002

  • Bortner, M.J. and D.G. Baird, “Plasticization with carbon dioxide to facilitate melt spinning of high acrylonitrile content copolymers”, Society of Rheology 73rd Annual Meeting Abstract, 2001

  • Mukundan, T., V.A. Bhanu, K.B. Wiles, M.J. Bortner, D.G. Baird, and J.E. McGrath, “Photocrosslinkable acrylonitrile terpolymers as carbon fiber precursors”, Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 226: 244-POLY Part 2 Sep 2003

  • Bhanu, V.A., M.J. Bortner, T. Mukundan, T.E. Glass, D.G. Baird, and J.E. McGrath, “Study of the accelerating effect of water in the copolymerization of acrylonitrile with methyl acrylate in emulsion and solution processes”, Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 225: 615-POLY Part 2 Mar 2003

  • Bhanu, V.A., K.B. Wiles, M.J. Bortner, T.E. Glass, D. Godshall, D.G. Baird, G.L. Wilkes, and J.E. McGrath, “Designing the molecular composition of the melt processable acrylonitrile copolymer carbon fiber precursors”, Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 224: 272-POLY Part 2 Aug 18 2002

  • Bhanu, V.A., K.B. Wiles, M.J. Bortner, D. Godshall, T.E. Glass, D.G. Baird, G.L. Wilkes, and J.E. McGrath, “Synthesis and rheological study of polyacrylonitrile copolymer carbon fiber precursors using cost effective water based synthesis routes”, Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 223: 208-POLY Part 2 Apr 7 2002

  • Baird, D.G., M.J. Bortner, and J.E. McGrath, “Plasticization of acrylic copolymers with absorbed carbon dioxide”, Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 223: 401-POLY Part 2 Apr 7 2002

  • Doerpinghaus, P.J., D.G. Baird, and M.J. Bortner, “Sensitivity of non-linear rheological properties to sparse long chain branching in LLDPE”, Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 221: 226-PMSE Part 2 Apr 1 2001 

Other Papers and Reports

  • Bortner, M.J. and D.G. Baird, “Economical High Performance Thermoplastic Composite Bipolar Plates”, Department of Energy, Washington, DC, 2006

  • Bortner, M.J., P.J. Doerpinghaus, and D.G. Baird, “Rheological properties of linear and slightly branched metallocene-catalyzed LLDPE”, International Congress of Rheology Technical Paper, August 2000
Polymer Composite and Materials Laboratory​
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