Nano-Engineering & Smart Structures Technologies Lab

The mission of the Nano-Engineering & Smart Structures Technologies (NESST) Laboratory is to pioneer scientific discoveries and advance next-generation technologies in smart multifunctional systems. Multifunctional systems are material architectures that are encoded with different engineering functionalities that include sensing, actuation, damping, healing, and energy harvesting, among many others. These smart materials technologies are applicable for structural health monitoring of civil, mechanical, aerospace, and naval structures and for achieving the future of resilient systems.

Active Research and Areas of Interest

  • Bio-inspired material architectures
  • Damage detection and structural health monitoring
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer composites
  • Materials characterization and optimization
  • Multifunctional materials
  • Nanocomposite systems
  • Organic photovoltaic systems
  • Resilient systems
  • Structural and load-bearing materials
  • Wind turbines and wind energy

We invite you to explore the NESST Laboratory website. Here, you will find a collection of recent publications, summary of active research projects, and laboratory information. The physical infrastructure of NESST consists of two laboratories:

  • NESST-Multifunctional Materials Lab – 1203 Bainer
  • NESST-Sensors, Actuators, and Electronics Lab – 1223A Bainer

Recent News

  • NESST welcomes new students for the 2014-2015 academic year

    (May 2014) :: NESST welcomes new graduate students: M.S. student Brandon Dashwood (USA); M.S. student Jesus Gonzalez (USA); M.S./Ph.D. student Sumit Gupta (India); M.S. student Julie Jackson (USA); M.S. student Jordan Li (USA); Ph.D. student Yisha Sun (China); and M.S./Ph.D. student Long Wang (China).

  • Prof. Loh honored with 2014 Outstanding Junior Faculty Award 

    (April 2014) :: Prof. Loh wins the 2014 UC Davis, College of Engineering, Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 5 in the UC Davis ARC Ballroom.

  • IWSHM Best Paper Award won by Donghyeon Ryu

    (September 2013) :: Donghyeon Ryu wins the Best Student Paper Award at the 9th International Workshop for Structural Health Monitoring (Stanford, CA) for his publication titled, “Characterizing the Self-sensing Properties of Photoactive P3HT-based Nanocomposites.” Competition was fierce with over 90 paper submissions.

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