Frugal Materials Lab
Welcome to the Frugal Materials Lab!
Dr. Panthea Sepehrband’s research is mainly focused on development of new generation of materials with specific properties through a synergy of multi-scale computational modeling and experimental analysis.
Examples of projects in this lab:
Extrusion Auger Improvement Project
Students: Maureen O’Neill, Aaron Wagner
Advisor: Panthea Sepehrband
Ugandan social enterprise AEST makes and sells agricultural waste charcoal briquettes. The extrusion auger used wore down quickly, hampering production. The team worked to find a better material or heat-treatment process to improve the auger through the use of a custom built pin-on-disk testing apparatus and electron microscopy.
Students: Logan Costa-Smith, Ian Maltzer, James Martino
We are using recycled water bottles to create polyethylene terephthalate (PET) pellets. These pellets are to be utilized for a past Senior Design Project called the AKAbot, which will turn them into usable 3D printing filament.