Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering
Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, College of Engineering
Phone: (734) 764-6203
Professor Laine’s major research areas include the synthesis and processing of inorganic and organometallic hybrid polymers and nanooxide powders. Research in the hybrid area emphasizes the synthesis and characterization of nanobuilding blocks based on polyfunctional octahedral (octafunctional) and dodecahederal (dodecafunctional) silsesquioxanes (POSS) and nanocomposites therefrom wherein the periodicity and ordering of the inorganic and organic components are completely defined on a nanometer length scale. Research in the nanooxide powder area emphasizes the direct synthesis of single and mixed-metal oxide nanopowders by flame spray pyrolysis of mixed-metal metalloorganics.