Jing Du receives ORAU Award to research composites

August 14, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Jing Du was awarded the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), which she will use to develop an experimental method to measure the properties of polymer-ceramic composites.

ORAU’s competitive research grants are awarded to junior faculty to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty.

“It is my great honor to be recognized and to receive this award from ORAU. This award will provide seed funds to enrich my research and professional development and to result in new funding opportunities from other funding agencies," Du said.

Du’s research will examine three-dimensional deformation, strain and microstructure of polymer-ceramic composites, which can be used in tissue engineering scaffolds, capacitors, piezoelectric transducers, and many other applications.

“In our prior work, we used polymer-ceramic composites for bio-inspired design of functionally graded dental restorative materials,” Du said. “There is a need to study their mechanical properties, microstructure and the structure-properties relations for the design of robust materials and the design of robust structures using these materials.”

Du, who heads the Jing Du Research Group at Penn State, joined the University in 2015. She has extensive experience in solid mechanics and fracture mechanics. She holds a Ph.D. and a master of arts in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University and a master of science in materials science and engineering and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering and automation from Tsinghua University, China.

She is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the 2015 Young Investigator Award from the International Association of Dental Research, Biomineralization Group.

 

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Assistant professor Jing Du and Ph.D. students Yuxiao Zhou and Kangning Su.

Assistant professor Jing Du and Ph.D. students Yuxiao Zhou, right, and Kangning Su, left, prepare testing tools for use in the lab.

"This award will provide seed funds to enrich my research and professional development and to result in new funding opportunities from other funding agencies."

– Jing Du

 
 

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