Assistant Professor

Mary Gilliam

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
2224A Academic Building
810-249-4043

mgilliam@kettering.edu

Education

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, 2001
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, 2006
 

Work Experience

Exatec Division of Sabic Innovative Plastics, Wixom, MI, 2006 – 2011

After graduating in 2006, Dr. Gilliam took a position at Exatec, a division of Sabic Innovative Plastics, as the Plasma Technology Leader, supervising global technology programs and directing international R&D teams to develop next-generation coated polymer products. As the Plasma Technology Leader, Dr. Gilliam gained experience in translating processes to industrial scale, process characterization and control, statistical design of experiments and data analysis, quantifying relationships between process parameters and product outcomes, root cause analysis, linking customer requirements to manufacturing conditions, product validation, leading cross-functional teams, and technology road-mapping.                                                                                                             

Courses

CHME 435 Process Control   
CHME 436 Process Control Laboratory   
CHME 401 Mass Transfer Operations and Separations Laboratory   
CHME 420 Transport Phenomena   
CHME 421 Transport Phenomena Laboratory   
CHME 300 Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer   
CHME 301 Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer Laboratory
CHME 100  Introduction to Chemical Engineering   
 

Research Statement

The research program involves surface treatments and coatings using atmospheric plasma for a variety of applications on rigid substrates as well as micro- and nano-sized particles. Surface modification and coating is often performed to improve adhesion, tailor hydrophobic or hydrophilic properties, increase scratch and abrasion resistance, improve biocompatibility, tailor bioactivity, increase barrier properties, reduce friction, enhance resistance to chemicals, and other goals. Plasmas can be applied to modify very thin surface layers or to deposit single or multi-layer coatings without altering the bulk characteristics of materials. Atmospheric pressure plasma processes offer the versatility of plasma processes without expensive and high-maintenance vacuum equipment. Furthermore, the processes can be implemented as a continuous process without load/lock chambers for adjusting pressures.
 
Current research projects are targeted for applications in biomedical materials, medical diagnostics, particle dispersions, light-weight materials for transportation, UV-blocking coatings, and more. Investigation work focuses around innovative modifications of the process and apparatuses, testing various precursors, process characterization, and optimizing for performance. Experiments are designed to characterize the effects of the precursors and process parameters on the material properties and outcomes. This characterization generates process predictive models that subsequently provide the basis to tailor the properties of the coating or surface to meet the requirements.  
 

Research Specialties

 Surface treatments, coatings, plasma process technology, plasma chemical vapor deposition, particle treatment technologies, atmospheric plasma, organic and organosilicon coatings, plastics applications, polymer surface modification
 

 

 

Patents and Patent Applications

1.  Higuchi, K., Gilliam, M., and Yamaya, M. Organic Resin Laminate. U.S. Patent No. 8,361,607. 29 January 2013.
2. Gilliam, M., Farhat, S., Garner, G., and Magyar, M. Method and Apparatus for Surface Chemical Functionalization of Powders and Nanoparticles. U.S. Patent Application No. PCT/US14/27814, Unpublished. Filing date 14 March 2014.
3. Gilliam, M., Farhat, S., and Zand, A. Wear Resistant and Biocompatible Coatings for Medical Devices and Method of Fabrication. U.S. Patent Application No. PCT/US14/22505, Unpublished. Filing date 10 March 2014.
 

 Publications

1. Farhat, S., Gilliam, M. Rabago-Smith, M., Baran, C., Walter, N., Zand, A. Polymer Coatings for Biomedical Applications Using Atmospheric Pressure Plasma. Surface and Coatings Technology, 2014, 241, 123-129.
2. Gilliam, M., Farhat, S., Magyar, M., Stubbs, B. Atomspheric Plasma Surface Modification of PMMA and PP Micro-Particles. Plasma Processes and Polymers, under review.
3. Gilliam, M. Polymer Surface Treatment and Coating Technologies. In Handbook of Manufacturing Engineering and Technology; Nee, A., Ed.; Springer:  New York, 2013.
4. Gilliam, M., Ritts, A., Yu, Q. The Mesh Disturbance Effects in LTCAT for Surface Modification of LDPE. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2010, 118, 805-817.
5. Gilliam, M. Plasma Polymerization of Fluorocarbons and Plasma Surface Modification of Polymers; Lambert Academic Publishing: Germany, 2009.
6. Gilliam, M., Yu, Q., Yasuda, H. Plasma Polymerization Behavior of Fluorocarbon Monomers in Low-Pressure AF and RF Discharges. Plasma Processes and Polymers, 2007, 4, 165-172.
7. Gilliam, M., Yu, Q. Surface Modification of a Group of Polymers Using a Low Temperature Cascade Arc Torch. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2007, 105, 360-372.
8. Gilliam, M., Yu, Q. Low-Temperature Plasma Processes for Polymeric Surface Modification. in Encyclopedia of Chemical Processing; Lee, S., Ed.; Taylor & Francis:  United Kingdom, 2007.
9.  Gilliam, M., Yu, Q. A Critical Evaluation of Low Temperature Plasma Processes Applied to Polymers. In Recent Research and Developments in Applied Polymer Science, Pandalai, S.G., Ed.; Research Signpost:  Kerala, India, 2006; Vol. 3; p. 13.
10. Gilliam, M., Yu, Q. Surface Characterization of Low-Temperature Cascade Arc Plasma–Treated Low-Density Polyethylene Using Contact Angle Measurements. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2006, 99, 2528-2541.

Conference Presenations and Proceedings

1. Gilliam, M., Farhat, S., Stubbs, B., Magyar, M., Zand, A, Garner, G. Surface Functionalization of Polymeric Particles Using Low Temperature Atmospheric Pressure Plasma. AIChE Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. November 3-8, 2013.
2. Farhat, S., Gilliam, M., Zand, A., Rabago-Smith, M. Polymer Coatings for Biomedical Applications Using Low Temperature, Atmospheric Pressure Plasma. AIChE Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. November 3-8, 2013.
3.Farhat, S., Gilliam, M., Zand, A., Rabago-Smith, M.  Bio-compatible Polymer Coatings Using Low Temperature, Atmospheric Pressure Plasma.  Contact and Surface 2013:11th International Conference on Surface Effects and Contact Mechanics.  Siena, Italy.  June 5-7, 2013.
4. Gilliam, M., Farhat, S., Zand, A., Stubbs, B., Magyar, M., Garner, G. Surface Treatment of Polymer Particles Using Atmospheric Plasma. Society of Vacuum Coaters Annual Conference. Providence, RI. April 20-25, 2013.
5. Farhat, S., Gilliam, M., Zand, A., Rabago-Smith, M. Biocompatible Coatings Using Low Temperature, Atmospheric Pressure Plasma. Society of Vacuum Coaters Annual Conference. Providence, RI. April 20-25, 2013.
6. Stubbs, B., Garner, G., Magyar, M., Gilliam, M., Farhat, S. Atmospheric Plasma Treatment For Surface Modification Of Polymer Powder. Michigan Academy of Arts and Sciences Conference. Holland, MI. March 22, 2013.
7. Gilliam, M., Gasworth, S. Characterization of the Parameter Space in Expanding Thermal Plasma Systems with Organosiloxane and Oxygen Reagents. Society of Vacuum Coaters Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. 2008.
8. Yu, Q.S., Huang, C., Chan, Y., Gilliam, M., Yasuda, H.K. Glow Characterization in Plasma Deposition Systems. Proceedings of 17th International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry. Toronto, Canada, 2005.
9. Gilliam, M., Yu, Q. Modification of Polymeric Surfaces Using Low Temperature Cascade Arc Torch. American Chemical Society Regional Conference. Columbia, MO, 2003.
 
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