HEROES Initiative at UMass Lowell

Current Projects

Renewable and Portable Power Source for Soldier 
  • Developing renewable, flexible and portable organic solar cells
  • Optimization of morphology for performance enhancement of organic solar cells using nanoparticles
  • Nano-scale materials for lightweight soldier cooling and power delivery (polymer thermo-electrics)
Soldier Protection
  • Protection from flame threats
  • Synthesis of inherently fire-safe polymers/fibers
  • Novel green FR materials may be based on renewable resources such as lignin from trees, nut oils
  • Develop new class of halogen-free flame retardant combinations that operate through synergistic mechanisms
  • Manufacturing of functional surface materials
  • Nano-tailoring of super-omniphobic (SO) textile surfaces
  • Development of super-adsorptive semipermeable membranes
  • DMA test method for fabric resistance to very low force penetrators
  • Enhanced eye protection via novel co-polyester nano-composites
  • Modeling the forming process used in the fabrication of combat helmets
  • Multi-mode energy absorption for helmet low velocity impact protection
  • Photo-responsive metal and semiconductor nanoparticles based fibers
  • Fluorescent conjugated polymers for the detection of explosives and chemical warfare agents
  • Evaluation of conductive ink response on two and three dimensional surfaces
Combat Feeding: Food Packaging
  • High performance foil-free packaging via nanotechnology
  • Investigating the physical and chemical interactions on nanoparticles and intestinal cell after digestion
Effect of Time Dependent Pressure Differentials on Material Porosity and Permeability
  • To understand and characterize the dynamic permeability of parachute fabrics