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Susan Farhat

Assistant Professor

Chemical Engineering
2-226 AB

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University, 2004
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University, 2010

CHME 400 Mass Transfer Operations
CHME 410 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
CHME 480 Senior Chemical Engineering Design Capstone     (developed)

Faculty researching UV- and scratch-resistant surfaces - August 5, 2015

Research Statement
The principal focus of my research experiences and interests lies in the area of advanced materials design.  This is a very broad area of research – branching into energy, nanotechnology, and biotechnology; however, the primary focus of my work has been designing, fabricating, and characterizing materials for improved performance for applications including energy and electronics.  In regards to energy storage, with the growing emphasis placed on efficient electronic packaging, embedded capacitors are important to furthering these technologies.  These materials require high dielectric constant, low dielectric loss (low dissipation factor), increased capacitive density, wideband performance, and simple processability; however, currently, there are limited materials designed that satisfy these requirements.  One approach includes using metamaterials, which present a new class of composites that can be utilized to extend the capabilities of materials beyond what is found in nature to meet requirements for the ever growing demand of new technologies and applications. Other approaches include using the idea of a ceramic nanocomposite or a metal-insulator nanocomposite.

Microwave technology, Dielectric properties, Magnetic properties, Polymers and composites, Magneto-dielectric composites, Structure-property relationships, Nanocomposites, Carbon nanotubes

Dr. Farhat's Research Profile

Select Publications 
1.  Farhat, S., Hawley, M., et. al.  “Magneto-dielectric Composites with Frequency Selective Surface Layers.”  Proceedings of ICCM -17: Seventeenth  International Conference on Composites Materials.  Edinburgh, UK. July 27-31, 2009.
2.  Farhat, S., Hawley, M., Kempel, L., Balasubramaniam, S.  “Synthesis  Frequency Applications.”  Proceedings of Materials Science and Technology 2007 Conference and Exhibit.  Detroit, MI. September 16-20, 2007.
3.  Farhat, S., Hawley, M., et al.  “Magneto-dielectric Composites for Radio Frequency Applications.”  Proceedings of the Fifteenth Annual International Conference on Composites/Nano Engineering (ICCE-15).  Haikou, Hainan Island, China. July 15-17, 2007.
4.   Farhat, S., Hawley, M., Kempel, L., Balasubramaniam, S.  "Design and Synthesis of Polymer Nanocomposites for RF Applications." Proceedings of American Society for Composites 21st Annual Technical Conference.  Dearborn, MI.  September 17-20, 2006.
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