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
Manufacturing PDMS micro lens array using spin coating under a multiphase system
R Sun, H Yang, DM Rock, R Danaei, R Panat, MR Kessler, L Li
Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering 27 (5), 055012 , 2017
  2017
Handbook of Composites from Renewable Materials, Nanocomposites: Advanced Applications
VK Thakur, MK Thakur, MR Kessler
John Wiley & Sons , 2017
  2017
Handbook of Composites from Renewable Materials, Nanocomposites: Science and Fundamentals
VK Thakur, MK Thakur, MR Kessler
John Wiley & Sons , 2017
  2017
Handbook of Composites from Renewable Materials, Polymeric Composites
VK Thakur, MK Thakur, MR Kessler
John Wiley & Sons , 2017
  2017
Handbook of Composites from Renewable Materials, Structure and Chemistry
VK Thakur, MK Thakur, MR Kessler
John Wiley & Sons , 2017
  2017
Handbook of Composites from Renewable Materials, Design and Manufacturing
VK Thakur, MK Thakur, MR Kessler
John Wiley & Sons , 2017
  2017
Synthesis, characterization, and functionalization of zirconium tungstate (ZrW2O8) nano‐rods for advanced polymer nanocomposites
V Kumar, Y Li, H Wu, MR Kessler
Wiley: 12 months , 2017
  2017
Handbook of Composites from Renewable Materials, Biodegradable Materials
VK Thakur, MK Thakur, MR Kessler
John Wiley & Sons , 2017
  2017
High Temperature Physical and Chemical Stability and Oxidation Reaction Kinetics of Ni–Cr Nanoparticles
MT Rahman, K Mireles, JJ Gomez Chavez, PC Wo, J Marcial, MR Kessler, ...
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121 (7), 4018-4028 , 2017
  2017
Handbook of Composites from Renewable Materials, Functionalization
VK Thakur, MK Thakur, MR Kessler
John Wiley & Sons , 2017
  2017
Handbook of Composites from Renewable Materials, Physico-Chemical and Mechanical Characterization
VK Thakur, MK Thakur, MR Kessler
John Wiley & Sons , 2017
  2017
Recent Advances in Vegetable Oil-Based Polymers and Their Composites
C Zhang, TF Garrison, SA Madbouly, MR Kessler
Progress in Polymer Science , 2017
  2017
Synthesis, characterization, and functionalization of zirconium tungstate (ZrW2O8) nano‐rods for advanced polymer nanocomposites
VK Thakur, Y Li, H Wu, MR Kessler
Polymers for Advanced Technologies , 2017
  2017
A DRAMATIC DEMONSTRATION OF THE CARBOTHERMAL REDUCTION OF METAL OXIDES USING A DOMESTIC MICROWAVE OVEN AND MULTI-WALLED CARBON NANOTUBES
DS Hoyt, MR Hoyt, GD DeBoer, DC Vennerberg, MR Kessler
JOURNAL OF MATERIALS EDUCATION 38 (5-6), 203-211 , 2016
  2016
Polyisocyanates from fused bicyclic polyols and polyurethanes therefrom
JSH Chen, MR Kessler, MD Zenner, , MD Zenner
US Patent App. 15/336,450 , 2016
  2016
Influence of Fluorinated Surfactant Composition on the Stability of Emulsion Drops
G Etienne, M Kessler, E Amstad
Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics , 2016
  2016
Self‐Metathesis of 10‐Undecen‐1‐Ol with Ru‐Amine‐Based Complex for Preparing the Soft Segment and Chain Extender of Novel Castor Oil‐Based Polyurethanes
LR Fonseca, JA Bergman, MR Kessler, SA Madbouly, BS Lima‐Neto
Macromolecular Symposia 368 (1), 30-39 , 2016
  2016
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
Photoresponsive 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 8 (24), 15750-15757 , 2016
5 2016
Process of making carbon fibers from compositions including esterified lignin and poly (lactic acid)
M Thunga, K Chen, MR Kessler, , 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
17 2016
Compositions including esterified lignin and poly (lactic acid) and carbon fibers produced therefrom
M Thunga, K Chen, MR Kessler, , MR Kessler
US Patent App. 15/099,483 , 2016
  2016
3d printable lquid crystalline elastomers with tunable shape memory behavior and bio-derived renditions
LI Yuzhan, R Orlando, J Alexander, MR Kessler, , MR Kessler, ...
US Patent App. 15/091,182 , 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
2 2016
Aziridinated triglycerides and polymers formed therefrom
R Chen, JSH Chen, C Zhang, MR Kessler, , MR Kessler
US Patent App. 15/085,345 , 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
13 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
5 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
2 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
6 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
4 2015
Renewable polymers prepared from vanillin and its derivatives
C Zhang, SA Madbouly, MR Kessler
Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 216 (17), 1816-1822 , 2015
7 2015
Biorenewable thermosetting copolymer based on soybean oil and eugenol
K Liu, SA Madbouly, MR Kessler
European Polymer Journal 69, 16-28 , 2015
11 2015
Bio-Based Plant Oil Polymers and Composites
S Madbouly, C Zhang, MR Kessler
William Andrew , 2015
3 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
5 2015
High bio-content polyurethane composites with urethane modified lignin as filler
C Zhang, H Wu, MR Kessler
Polymer 69, 52-57 , 2015
21 2015
Self-healing polymer nanocomposite materials: A review
VK Thakur, MR Kessler
Polymer 69, 369-383 , 2015
108 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
15 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
17 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
23 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
3 2015
Unexpected tackifiers from isosorbide
MD Zenner, SA Madbouly, JS Chen, MR Kessler
ChemSusChem 8 (3), 448-451 , 2015
3 2015
Green biorenewable biocomposites: from knowledge to industrial applications
VK Thakur, MR Kessler
Apple Academic Press , 2015
5 2015
Biobased polyurethanes prepared from different vegetable oils
C Zhang, SA Madbouly, MR Kessler
ACS applied materials & interfaces 7 (2), 1226-1233 , 2015
46 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
10 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 International Publishing: Imprint: Springer, , 2015
6 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
5 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
25 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
11 2014
Anisotropic buckypaper through shear-induced mechanical alignment of carbon nanotubes in water
D Vennerberg, MR Kessler
Carbon 80, 433-439 , 2014
8 2014
Monomers and Resulting Polymers from Biomass
JA Bergman, MR Kessler
Introduction to Chemicals from Biomass, 157 , 2014
1 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
11 2014
Nitrated lignin ester and process of making the same
MR Kessler, Y Xia, B Caes, MJ Rivas, J Bergman, , J Bergman, ...
US Patent App. 14/525,664 , 2014
2 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
10 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
4 2014
Dielectric spectroscopy for biorenewable plant oil-based polyurethane
SA Madbouly, MR Kessler
Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena (CEIDP), 2014 IEEE Conference ... , 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
4 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
19 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
15 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
12 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
4 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
9 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
10 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
11 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
31 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
33 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
5 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
8 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
29 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
4 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
68 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
3 2014
Creep-resistant behavior of self-reinforcing liquid crystalline epoxy resins
Y Li, MR Kessler
Polymer 55 (8), 2021-2027 , 2014
13 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
294 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
6 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
33 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
54 2014
Shear thinning behavior of aqueous alumina nanoparticle suspensions with saccharides
KA Ament, MR Kessler, M Akinc
Ceramics International 40 (2), 3533-3542 , 2014
5 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
12 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
34 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
AIP Conference Proceedings 1581 (1), 1729-1736 , 2014
1 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
23 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
8 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
13 2014
Anionic waterborne polyurethane dispersion from a bio-based ionic segment
R Chen, C Zhang, MR Kessler
RSC Advances 4 (67), 35476-35483 , 2014
12 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
32 2014

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