1st Edition

Advanced Nanomaterials for Aerospace Applications

Edited By Carlos R. Cabrera, Félix Miranda Copyright 2015
    394 Pages 20 Color & 116 B/W Illustrations
    by Jenny Stanford Publishing

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    Advanced Nanomaterials for Aerospace Applications has been developed for a community interested in space science and nanotechnology. Scientists and engineers from several NASA field centers and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, University of Puerto Rico, The Pennsylvania State University, and INFN-Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Italy, have joined efforts to discuss the applications of nanomaterials in sensors, atmosphere revitalization in habitable space platforms, life support systems, regenerative fuel cells, lithium-ion batteries, robust lightweight materials, nanoelectronics, and electromagnetic shielding. The book concludes with chapters that discuss bringing NASA-relevant nanotechnology into the classroom and the future directions in nanotechnology research and development at NASA.

    Advanced Sensor Nanomaterials For Aerospace Applications Gary W. Hunter, Jennifer C. Xu, and Laura J. Evans, NASA Glenn Research Center
    Challenges and Possibilities in Nanosensor Technology Gary W. Hunter, Laura Evans, Jennifer Xu, and Azlin Biaggi-Labiosa, NASA Glenn Research Center
    Nanoporous Materials in Atmosphere Revitalization Arturo J. Hernández-Maldonado, Yasuyuki Ishikawa, Raphael G. Raptis, NASA URC Center for Advanced Nanoscale Materials and University of Puerto Rico; Bernadette Luna and Lila Mulloth, NASA Ames Research Center; Christian Junaedi and Subir Roychoudhury, Precision Combustion, Inc.; Jay L. Perry, NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center
    Nanomaterials for Advanced Lithium-ion Battery Anodes Richard S. Baldwin, James J. Wu, and William R. Bennett, NASA Glenn Research Center
    Advances in Designing High Energy Cathode Materials for Li ion Rechargeable Batteries Ram S. Katiyar and Gurpreet Singh, NASA-URC Center for Advanced Nanoscale Materials and University of Puerto Rico
    Nanomaterials in Regenerative Fuel Cells Thomas Valdes, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Ileana González-González and Carlos R. Cabrera, NASA-URC Center for Advanced Nanoscale Materials and University of Puerto Rico
    Nano-Technology in Advanced Life Support: Water Recycling Michael Flynn, NASA Ames Research Center; Eduardo Nicolau and Carlos R. Cabrera, NASA-URC Center for Advanced Nanoscale Materials and University of Puerto Rico
    Nanotechnology for Nanoelectronic Devices Félix A. Miranda, NASA Glenn Research Center, Harish M. Manohara, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute Laboratory
    Brief Introduction to Nanocomposites for Electromagnetic Shielding S. Bellucci, F. Micciulla, INFN-Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Italy
    Epoxy Nanocomposite based on Carbon Nanotubes for Electromagnetic Interface (EMI) Shielding S. Bellucci and F. Micciulla, INFN-Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Italy
    Bringing NASA-relevant Nanotechnology Research into the Classroom Ana-Rita Mayol*, Christian Menéndez, Melissa Dávila, and Liz Díaz, NASA-URC Center for Advanced Nanoscale Materials and University of Puerto Rico
    Future Directions in Nanotechnology R&D at NASA Michael A. Meador, Nanotechnology Project Manager, Game Changing Development Program, National Aeronautics and Space Administration


    Dr. Carlos Cabrera is professor at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. Cabrera’s main research area is on the development of nanocatalysts for clean energy technology such as fuel cell systems. This energy system is of importance for the development of environmentally friendly energy conversion and storage based on alcohols. Fuel cells are becoming a promising clean energy system for vehicles, portable devices, and power generators. This area of research is part of the research conducted at the Institute for Functional Nanomaterials (IFN). Through the institute, Cabrera will develop catalytic nanomaterials for fuel cell testbeds and prototypes that will be evaluated at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. This creation of the IFN is creating a unique opportunity for the further development of Cabrera’s nanotechnology research since new state-of-the-art instrumentations and unique partnerships will be established with nanotechnology centers located at Purdue University, University of Massachusetts, Northwestern University, Cornell University, and the Argonne National Laboratory.

    Dr. Félix A. Miranda received his B.S. degree in physics from the University of Puerto Rico in 1983, an M.S. degree in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA, in 1986, and a Ph.D. degree in physics from Case Western Reserve University, USA, in 1991. He is currently chief of the Antenna and Optical Systems Branch in the Communications, Instrumentation, and Controls Division. His areas of expertise are antenna technology, ferroelectric tunable microwave components, and microwave integrated circuits and devices for space and ground-based communications.

    "The text is highly inspirational, easy to read and filled with data, knowhow and seemingly countless bright ideas. Much of the text lies within the grasp of undergraduates studying nano tech for the first time, also graduates and university tutors (particularly those preparing new courses). An excellent book containing 773 numbered references, there for the professional to explore."
    —Peter C. Gasson, CEng, MIMechE, FRAeS, in The Aeronautical Journal, June 2015