Dr. Meisha L. Shofner is an Associate Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, joining the faculty following post-doctoral training at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. in Materials Science from Rice University.  Prior to beginning graduate school, she was employed as a design engineer at FMC in the Subsea Engineering Division, working at two plant locations (Houston, Texas and the Republic of Singapore), and she is a registered Professional Engineer in Georgia.  At Georgia Tech, Dr. Shofner’s research group is concerned with structure-property relationships in polymer nanocomposite materials and with producing structural hierarchy in these materials for structural and functional applications.  This research has been recognized by the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associate Universities and the Solvay Advanced Polymers Young Faculty Award.

Dr. Shofner is a member of the APS, TMS, and ASME.

Research Challenges:

Ph.D., 2004, Materials Science, Rice University
B.S., 1997, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Research Keywords:
nanomaterials,forest-based biomaterials,composite structures,viscoelastic properties,thermal analysis,nanocomposites,hierarchial structure

J.H. Lee, I.T. Kim, R. Tannenbaum, and M.L. Shofner, “Synthesis of Polymer-Decorated Hydroxyapatite Nanoparticles with a Dispersed Copolymer Template”, Journal of Materials Chemistry22, 11556–11560 (2012).

M.R. Schlea, C.E Meree, R.A. Gerhardt, E.A. Mintz, and M.L. Shofner, “Network Behavior of Thermosetting Polyimide/Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube Composites”, Polymer53, 1020-1027 (2012).

J. Kaur, J.H. Lee, and M.L. Shofner, “Influence of Polymer Matrix Crystallinity on Nanocomposite Morphology and Properties”, Polymer,52, 4337-4344 (2011).

R.D. Goodridge, M.L. Shofner, R.J.M. Hague, M.R. Schlea, R.B. Johnson, and C.J. Tuck, “Processing of a Polyamide-12/Carbon Nanofibre Composite by Laser Sintering”, Polymer Testing30, 94-100 (2011).

M.R. Schlea, T.R. Brown, J.R. Bush, J.M. Criss, E.A. Mintz, and M.L. Shofner, “Dispersion Control and Characterization in Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube and Phenylethynyl-Terminated Imide Composites”, Composites Science and Technology70, 822-828, (2010).