Washington State University

Michael R. Kessler - Professor and Director

The School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Michael R. Kessler - Professor and Director

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Michael R. Kessler

Contact Information:

office Sloan 201A
telephone 509 335 8654
e-mail michaelr.kessler@wsu.edu
Postal mail Michael R. Kessler
School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Washington State University
PO BOX 642920
Pullman, WA 99164-2920
Berry Family Director and Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Co-Director, Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2)

Joined MME in 2013;
Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002

Research Interests:

  • Polymer Composites Research Group
  • Processing and characterization of polymer composites
  • Bio-based polymers
  • Multifunctional- and nano-composites
  • Materials with self-healing functionality
  • Thermal analysis of polymers

National & International Recognition:

  • Fellow, North American Thermal Analysis Society
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation
  • Young Investigator Program Award, Army Research Office
  • Young Investigator Program Award, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
  • Elsevier Young Composites Researcher Award from the American Society for Composites

Publications listed at Google Scholar:

First 100 Titles in date order
List format:
 Title (Link to document)
 Authors
 Source Publication
Cited by Year
Absorptive viscoelastic coatings for full field vibration coverage measurement in vibrothermography
JS Vaddi, SD Holland, MR Kessler
NDT & E International 82, 56-61 , 2016
  2016
Photo-responsive Liquid Crystalline Epoxy Networks with Shape Memory Behavior and Dynamic Ester Bonds
Y Li, O Rios, JK Keum, J Chen, MR Kessler
ACS applied materials & interfaces , 2016
  2016
Process of making carbon fibers from compositions including esterified lignin and poly (lactic acid)
M Thunga, K Chen, MR Kessler
US Patent 9,340,425 , 2016
  2016
Processing and characterization of low-cost electrospun carbon fibers from organosolv lignin/polyacrylonitrile blends
R Ding, H Wu, M Thunga, N Bowler, MR Kessler
Carbon 100, 126-136 , 2016
5 2016
Compositions including esterified lignin and poly (lactic acid) and carbon fibers produced therefrom
M Thunga, K Chen, MR Kessler
US Patent App. 15/099,483 , 2016
  2016
Synthesis and Preparation of Bio‐Based ROMP Thermosets from Functionalized Renewable Isosorbide Derivative
B Wang, K Mireles, M Rock, Y Li, VK Thakur, D Gao, MR Kessler
Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 217 (7), 871-879 , 2016
  2016
Novel low-cost hybrid composites from asphaltene/SBS tri-block copolymer with improved thermal and mechanical properties
H Wu, VK Thakur, MR Kessler
Journal of Materials Science 51 (5), 2394-2403 , 2016
1 2016
Green biorenewable biocomposites: from knowledge to industrial applications
CRC Press , 2016
5 2016
Liquid crystalline polymers. Volume 1, Structure and chemistry
VK Thakur, MR Kessler
Cham: Springer , 2016
1 2016
Liquid Crystalline Epoxy Resins
Y Li, MR Kessler
Liquid Crystalline Polymers, 1-17 , 2016
  2016
Biorenewable polymers based on acrylated epoxidized soybean oil and methacrylated vanillin
C Zhang, M Yan, EW Cochran, MR Kessler
Materials Today Communications 5, 18-22 , 2015
2 2015
Biorenewable polymer composites from tall oil‐based polyamide and lignin‐cellulose fiber
K Liu, SA Madbouly, JA Schrader, MR Kessler, D Grewell, WR Graves
Journal of Applied Polymer Science 132 (48) , 2015
  2015
Silanized-silicon/epoxy nanocomposites for structural capacitors with enhanced electrical energy storage capability
W Sun, H Wu, X Tan, MR Kessler, N Bowler
Composites Science and Technology 121, 34-40 , 2015
  2015
Utilizing Wide Band Gap, High Dielectric Constant Nanoparticles as Additives in Organic Solar Cells
RS Gebhardt, P Du, A Peer, M Rock, MR Kessler, R Biswas, ...
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 119 (42), 23883-23889 , 2015
  2015
in situ synthesis of biopolyurethane nanocomposites reinforced with modified multiwalled carbon nanotubes
C Zhang, D Vennerberg, MR Kessler
Journal of Applied Polymer Science 132 (36) , 2015
2 2015
Renewable polymers prepared from vanillin and its derivatives
C Zhang, SA Madbouly, MR Kessler
Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 216 (17), 1816-1822 , 2015
4 2015
Biorenewable thermosetting copolymer based on soybean oil and eugenol
K Liu, SA Madbouly, MR Kessler
European Polymer Journal 69, 16-28 , 2015
6 2015
Processing and characterization of bio‐based poly (hydroxyalkanoate)/poly (amide) blends: Improved flexibility and impact resistance of PHA‐based plastics
S Yang, SA Madbouly, JA Schrader, D Grewell, MR Kessler, WR Graves
Journal of Applied Polymer Science 132 (27) , 2015
1 2015
High bio-content polyurethane composites with urethane modified lignin as filler
C Zhang, H Wu, MR Kessler
Polymer 69, 52-57 , 2015
13 2015
Self-healing polymer nanocomposite materials: A review
VK Thakur, MR Kessler
Polymer 69, 369-383 , 2015
53 2015
Nano-Zirconium Tungstate Reinforced Liquid Crystalline Thermosetting Composites with Near Zero Thermal Expansion
MR Kessler, Y Li, K Constant
WASHINGTON STATE UNIV PULLMAN DEPT OF MECHANICAL AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING , 2015
  2015
Controlled shape memory behavior of a smectic main-chain liquid crystalline elastomer
Y Li, C Pruitt, O Rios, L Wei, M Rock, JK Keum, AG McDonald, MR Kessler
Macromolecules 48 (9), 2864-2874 , 2015
6 2015
Bio-based polyurethane foam made from compatible blends of vegetable-oil-based polyol and petroleum-based polyol
C Zhang, MR Kessler
ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 3 (4), 743-749 , 2015
10 2015
Multifunctional Cyanate Ester Nanocomposites Reinforced by Hexagonal Boron Nitride after Noncovalent Biomimetic Functionalization
H Wu, MR Kessler
ACS applied materials & interfaces 7 (10), 5915-5926 , 2015
14 2015
Dynamics of poly (methyl methacrylate)–montmorillonite nanocomposites: A dielectric study
W Sun, L Li, EA Stefanescu, MR Kessler, N Bowler
Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids 410, 43-50 , 2015
2 2015
Unexpected tackifiers from isosorbide
MD Zenner, SA Madbouly, JS Chen, MR Kessler
ChemSusChem 8 (3), 448-451 , 2015
3 2015
Biobased polyurethanes prepared from different vegetable oils
C Zhang, SA Madbouly, MR Kessler
ACS applied materials & interfaces 7 (2), 1226-1233 , 2015
29 2015
Polyols and polyurethanes prepared from epoxidized soybean oil ring‐opened by polyhydroxy fatty acids with varying OH numbers
R Chen, C Zhang, MR Kessler
Journal of Applied Polymer Science 132 (1) , 2015
5 2015
Bio-based plant oil polymers and composites
SA Madbouly, C Zhang, MR Kessler
PDL Handbook series Show all parts in this series , 2015
1 2015
Center for bioplastics and biocomposites: Bringing INDUSTRY and UNIVERSITIES together to develop new biobased products and technologies
M Kessler
  2015
Thermosetting polymers and composites from agricultural oils
M Kessler, R Larock
  2015
Green biorenewable biocomposites
PK Annamalai, MR Kessler, VK Thakur
Apple Academic Press, , 2015
  2015
Self-healing polymer nanocomposite materials: A review
M Kessler, VK Thakur
Polymer , 2015
  2015
A paper for submission to Polymer Chemistry
TF Garrison, Z Zhang, HJ Kim, BF Brehm-Stecher, RC Larock, MR Kessler
Natural and value-added approaches for pathogen control, 128 , 2015
  2015
Liquid Crystalline Polymers
VK Thakur, MR Kessler
Springer , 2015
1 2015
Asphaltene: structural characterization, molecular functionalization, and application as a low-cost filler in epoxy composites
H Wu, MR Kessler
RSC Advances 5 (31), 24264-24273 , 2015
4 2015
Characterization and biodegradation behavior of bio-based poly (lactic acid) and soy protein blends for sustainable horticultural applications
S Yang, SA Madbouly, JA Schrader, G Srinivasan, D Grewell, KG McCabe, ...
Green Chemistry 17 (1), 380-393 , 2015
18 2015
Free radical induced graft copolymerization of ethyl acrylate onto SOY for multifunctional materials
VK Thakur, MR Kessler
Materials Today Communications 1 (1), 34-41 , 2014
8 2014
Anisotropic buckypaper through shear-induced mechanical alignment of carbon nanotubes in water
D Vennerberg, MR Kessler
Carbon 80, 433-439 , 2014
7 2014
Monomers and Resulting Polymers from Biomass
JA Bergman, MR Kessler
Introduction to Chemicals from Biomass, 157 , 2014
  2014
A case study of the effects of a resident scientist on teaching experimental design to high school chemistry students
TF Garrison, MR Kessler, E Hall
Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL), 2014 International Conference on ... , 2014
  2014
Pultruded glass fiber/bio-based polymer: Interface tailoring with silane coupling agent
H Cui, MR Kessler
Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing 65, 83-90 , 2014
7 2014
Nitrated lignin ester and process of making the same
MR Kessler, Y Xia, B Caes, MJ Rivas, J Bergman
US Patent App. 14/525,664 , 2014
  2014
Biodegradation behavior of poly (lactic acid)(PLA)/distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) composites
H Lu, SA Madbouly, JA Schrader, G Srinivasan, KG McCabe, D Grewell, ...
ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2 (12), 2699-2706 , 2014
5 2014
Biorenewable ROMP-based thermosetting copolymers from functionalized castor oil derivative with various cross-linking agents
R Ding, Y Xia, TC Mauldin, MR Kessler
Polymer 55 (22), 5718-5726 , 2014
3 2014
Dielectric spectroscopy for biorenewable plant oil-based polyurethane
SA Madbouly, MR Kessler
2014 IEEE Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena ... , 2014
  2014
Thermomagnetic Processing of Liquid-Crystalline Epoxy Resins and Their Mechanical Characterization Using Nanoindentation
Y Li, O Rios, MR Kessler
ACS applied materials & interfaces 6 (21), 19456-19464 , 2014
2 2014
Polyurethanes from solvent-free vegetable oil-based polyols
C Zhang, Y Li, R Chen, MR Kessler
ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2 (10), 2465-2476 , 2014
12 2014
Synthesis and characterization of AN-g-SOY for sustainable polymer composites
VK Thakur, MR Kessler
ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2 (10), 2454-2460 , 2014
12 2014
Peel and shear strength and tear resistance of ultrasonically sealed coextruded polyolefin films for packaging applications
J Riedl, D Grewell, M Kessler, DR Raman, R Stephenson
Welding in the World 58 (5), 619-636 , 2014
  2014
Thermo‐mechanical and antibacterial properties of soybean Oil‐based cationic polyurethane coatings: effects of amine ratio and degree of crosslinking
TF Garrison, Z Zhang, HJ Kim, D Mitra, Y Xia, DP Pfister, ...
Macromolecular Materials and Engineering 299 (9), 1042-1051 , 2014
8 2014
Rare Earth Triflate Initiators in the Cationic Polymerization of Tung Oil‐Based Thermosetting Polymers for Self‐Healing Applications
PR Hondred, MR Kessler
Macromolecular Materials and Engineering 299 (9), 1062-1069 , 2014
3 2014
Injection repair of carbon fiber/bismaleimide composite panels with bisphenol E cyanate ester resin
M Thunga, A Bauer, K Obusek, R Meilunas, M Akinc, MR Kessler
Composites Science and Technology 100, 174-181 , 2014
7 2014
Interfacial treatment effects on behavior of soft nano-composites for highly stretchable dielectrics
H Saleem, M Thunga, M Kollosche, MR Kessler, S Laflamme
Polymer 55 (17), 4531-4537 , 2014
6 2014
Supercritical carbon dioxide-assisted silanization of multi-walled carbon nanotubes and their effect on the thermo-mechanical properties of epoxy nanocomposites
D Vennerberg, R Hall, MR Kessler
Polymer 55 (16), 4156-4163 , 2014
10 2014
Novel Composites from Eco‐Friendly Soy Flour/SBS Triblock Copolymer
VK Thakur, D Grewell, M Thunga, MR Kessler
Macromolecular Materials and Engineering 299 (8), 953-958 , 2014
24 2014
Composition-dependent fracture toughness of ROMP-based Dilulin/dicyclopentadiene copolymers
H Cui, MR Kessler
Journal of Materials Science 49 (14), 4880-4890 , 2014
1 2014
Study of physically transient insulating materials as a potential platform for transient electronics and bioelectronics
H Acar, S Çınar, M Thunga, MR Kessler, N Hashemi, R Montazami
Advanced Functional Materials 24 (26), 4135-4143 , 2014
27 2014
Cure kinetics of liquid crystalline epoxy resins based on biphenyl mesogen
Y Li, MR Kessler
Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry 117 (1), 481-488 , 2014
4 2014
Tung oil‐based thermosetting polymers for self‐healing applications
PR Hondred, L Salat, J Mangler, MR Kessler
Journal of Applied Polymer Science 131 (12) , 2014
7 2014
Reduction of Epoxidized Vegetable Oils: A Novel Method to Prepare Bio‐Based Polyols for Polyurethanes
C Zhang, R Ding, MR Kessler
Macromolecular rapid communications 35 (11), 1068-1074 , 2014
19 2014
Investigation of the effect of clay nanoparticles on the thermal behavior of PLA using a heat flux rapid scanning rate calorimeter
P Badrinarayanan, FK Ko, C Wang, BA Richard, MR Kessler
Polymer Testing 35, 1-9 , 2014
2 2014
Green aqueous surface modification of polypropylene for novel polymer nanocomposites
VK Thakur, D Vennerberg, MR Kessler
ACS applied materials & interfaces 6 (12), 9349-9356 , 2014
53 2014
Tailoring the toughness and CTE of high temperature bisphenol! E cyanate ester (BECy) resin.
M Thunga, M Akinc, MR Kessler
Express Polymer Letters 8 (5) , 2014
2 2014
Creep-resistant behavior of self-reinforcing liquid crystalline epoxy resins
Y Li, MR Kessler
Polymer 55 (8), 2021-2027 , 2014
11 2014
Progress in green polymer composites from lignin for multifunctional applications: a review
VK Thakur, MK Thakur, P Raghavan, MR Kessler
ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2 (5), 1072-1092 , 2014
191 2014
Modeling the interphase of a polymer-based nanodielectric
CS Daily, W Sun, MR Kessler, X Tan, N Bowler
IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation 21 (2), 488-496 , 2014
4 2014
Effect of silane structure on the properties of silanized multiwalled carbon nanotube-epoxy nanocomposites
D Vennerberg, Z Rueger, MR Kessler
Polymer 55 (7), 1854-1865 , 2014
30 2014
Bio-renewable precursor fibers from lignin/polylactide blends for conversion to carbon fibers
M Thunga, K Chen, D Grewell, MR Kessler
Carbon 68, 159-166 , 2014
36 2014
Shear thinning behavior of aqueous alumina nanoparticle suspensions with saccharides
KA Ament, MR Kessler, M Akinc
Ceramics International 40 (2), 3533-3542 , 2014
3 2014
Synthesis and characterization of phthalonitrile resins from ortho‐linked aromatic and heterocyclic monomers
A Badshah, MR Kessler, Z Heng, A Hasan
Polymer International 63 (3), 465-469 , 2014
10 2014
Effects of unsaturation and different ring-opening methods on the properties of vegetable oil-based polyurethane coatings
TF Garrison, MR Kessler, RC Larock
Polymer 55 (4), 1004-1011 , 2014
30 2014
Static characterization of a soft elastomeric capacitor for non destructive evaluation applications
H Saleem, S Laflamme, H Zhang, R Geiger, M Kessler, K Rajan
40TH ANNUAL REVIEW OF PROGRESS IN QUANTITATIVE NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION ... , 2014
  2014
Polymer Nanocomposites: New Advanced Dielectric Materials for Energy Storage Applications
VK Thakur, MR Kessler
Advanced Energy Materials, 207-257 , 2014
3 2014
Oxidation behavior of multiwalled carbon nanotubes fluidized with ozone
DC Vennerberg, RL Quirino, Y Jang, MR Kessler
ACS applied materials & interfaces 6 (3), 1835-1842 , 2014
20 2014
PMMA-g-SOY as a sustainable novel dielectric material
M Thunga, SA Madbouly, M Kessler, VK Thakur
RSC Advances , 2014
  2014
Modeling the interphase of a polymer-based nanodielectric
W Sun, CS Daily, N Bowler, M Kessler, X Tan
IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation , 2014
  2014
ACS Sustainable Chem
VK Thakur, MK Thakur, P Raghavan, MR Kessler
Eng 2 (12), 2637 , 2014
68 2014
Bio-inspired green surface functionalization of PMMA for multifunctional capacitors
SA Madbouly, M Kessler, VK Thakur, D Vennerberg
RSC Advances , 2014
  2014
INJECTION REPAIR OF BISMALEIMIDE CARBON FIBER AIRCRAFT PANEL COMPOSITES WITH BISPHENOL E CYANATE ESTER RESIN
M Thunga, A Bauer, M Akinc, MR Kessler
Injection repair of advanced aircraft composites with a high temperature ... , 2014
1 2014
Pectin coated polyaniline nanoparticles for an amperometric glucose biosensor
B Thakur, CA Amarnath, SN Sawant
RSC Advances 4 (77), 40917-40923 , 2014
6 2014
OPTIMAL MANUFACTURING PROCESS OF SELF-HEALING MICROCAPSULES FOR DAMAGE REPAIR TECHNIQUES IN POLYMER COMPOSITES
SH Yoon, MS Kim, JO Oh, SY Jang, MR Kessler
16th European Conference on Composite Materials , 2014
  2014
Characterization of Polymer Blends by Dielectric Spectroscopy and Thermally Simulated Depolarization Current
SA Madbouly, MR Kessler
Characterization of Polymer Blends: Miscibility, Morphology and Interfaces ... , 2014
  2014
Novel bio-based composites of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA)/distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS)
H Lu, SA Madbouly, JA Schrader, MR Kessler, D Grewell, WR Graves
RSC Advances 4 (75), 39802-39808 , 2014
6 2014
Anionic waterborne polyurethane dispersion from a bio-based ionic segment
R Chen, C Zhang, MR Kessler
RSC Advances 4 (67), 35476-35483 , 2014
9 2014
PMMA-g-SOY as a sustainable novel dielectric material
VK Thakur, M Thunga, SA Madbouly, MR Kessler
RSC Advances 4 (35), 18240-18249 , 2014
29 2014
NOVEL NANOBLENDS PREPARED FROM SIMULTANEOUS IN-SITU POLYMERIZATION AND COMPATIBILIZATION OF BIO-BASED PLANT OILS AND THERMOPLASTIC POLYMER
SA Madbouly, K Liu, MR Kessler
Proceedings of ANTEC Dubai 2014, Society of Plastics Engineers , 2014
  2014
Matrices from vegetable oils, cashew nut shell liquid, and other relevant systems for biocomposite applications
RL Quirino, TF Garrison, MR Kessler
Green Chemistry 16 (4), 1700-1715 , 2014
26 2014
Semi-interpenetrating polymer networks prepared from in situ cationic polymerization of bio-based tung oil with biodegradable polycaprolactone
SA Madbouly, K Liu, Y Xia, MR Kessler
RSC Advances 4 (13), 6710-6718 , 2014
4 2014
Bio-inspired green surface functionalization of PMMA for multifunctional capacitors
VK Thakur, D Vennerberg, SA Madbouly, MR Kessler
RSC Advances 4 (13), 6677-6684 , 2014
41 2014
Biodegradation behavior of bacterial-based polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) and DDGS composites
SA Madbouly, JA Schrader, G Srinivasan, K Liu, KG McCabe, D Grewell, ...
Green Chemistry 16 (4), 1911-1920 , 2014
21 2014
Thermal analysis of phase transitions in perovskite electroceramics
SE Young, HZ Guo, C Ma, MR Kessler, X Tan
Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry 115 (1), 587-593 , 2014
8 2014
Broadband Dielectric Relaxation Spectroscopy of Functionalized Biobased Castor Oil Copolymer Thermosets
SA Madbouly, Y Xia, MR Kessler
Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 214 (24), 2891-2902 , 2013
2 2013
Soft elastomeric capacitor network for strain sensing over large surfaces
S Laflamme, HS Saleem, BK Vasan, RL Geiger, D Chen, MR Kessler, ...
IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics 18 (6), 1647-1654 , 2013
36 2013
Degradation of ROMP-based bio-renewable polymers by UV radiation
H Cui, R Hanus, MR Kessler
Polymer degradation and stability 98 (11), 2357-2365 , 2013
8 2013
Green composites from natural resources
CRC Press , 2013
22 * 2013
16 Vegetable Oils for Green Composites
VK Thakur, M Thunga, MR Kessler
Green Composites from Natural Resources, 355 , 2013
  2013
Electrothermal lifetime prediction of polyimide wire insulation with application to aircraft
PR Hondred, N Bowler, MR Kessler
Journal of applied polymer science 130 (3), 1639-1644 , 2013
2 2013
Silicon/epoxy nanocomposites for capacitors as the energy storage element
W Sun, X Tan, MR Kessler, N Bowler
2013 Annual Report Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric ... , 2013
  2013
Tackifier compounds and methods of using the same
JSH Chen, MR Kessler, MD Zenner
US Patent App. 14/434,719 , 2013
  2013

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