Thomas Nosker

Assistant Research Professor

Materials Science and Engineering

Office Hours: By appointment
Website: AMIPP

Research Area/Interests:
Advanced processing technologies for thermoplastic resins blends that use specialized processing techniques and closely controlled rheological characteristics to develop co-continuous structures at the micro-scale.  An additional focus has been on developing and evaluating novel extruder and injection molding screw designs to optimize dispersive, distributive, and recirculatory mixing of molten thermoplastic polymers.  Whereas early pioneering efforts focused on low temperature systems such as polystyrene and polyethylene, current research is targeted at multiscale composites incorporating graphene and fibers with high performance engineering polymers to achieve strength and stiffness properties comparable to selected metals.  Licensing and commercialization is an important part of this research and notable success has been achieved in the acceptance and use of these composites by industry and the military.

Curriculum Vitae:

Nosker CV Web.pdf


Ph.D., Department of Mechanics and Materials Science, Specialty in Polymer Physics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey,  1988
M.S., Mechanics and Materials Science, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1983
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1980 


Selected Publications

  1. “Shear exfoliation of graphite into graphene nanoflakes directly within polyetheretherketone and a spectroscopic study of this high modulus, lightweight nanocomposite”, Jennifer K Lynch-Branzoi, Ali Asharaf, Arya Tewatia, Meredith Taghon, Jamie Wooding, Justin Hendrix, Bernard H Kear, Thomas J Nosker, Composites Part B: Engineering, May 2020, Volume 188.

  2. “Interfacial Study on the Functionalization of Continuously Exfoliated Graphite in a PA66 Using High Shear Elongational Flow”, Justin W. Hendrix, Thomas Nosker, Jennifer Lynch-Branzoi, and Thomas J. Emge, MRS Advances, 2019.

  3. “High Shear Melt-Processing of Polyether-Ether Ketone enhanced Polysulfone Immiscible Polymer Blends”. Arya Tewatia, Justin Hendrix, Thomas Nosker, Jennifer Lynch, 2018 Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference Proceedings, 2018.

  4. “Evaluation of Exfoliated Graphite to Graphene in Polyamide 66 Using Novel High Shear Elongational Flow”, Justin W. Hendrix, Ryan Szeto, Thomas Nosker, Jennifer Lynch-Branzoi, and Thomas J. Emge, Polymers 2018, 10, 1399; doi:10.3390/polym10121399

  5. “Characterization of melt-blended graphene – poly(ether ketone) nanocomposite”. Tewatia, A.; Hendrix, J.; Dong, Z.; Taghon, M.; Tse, S.; Chiu, G.; Mayo, W. E.; Kear, B.; Nosker, T.; Lynch, J. Mater. Sci. Eng. B 2017, 216, 41–49, doi:10.1016/j.mseb.2016.05.009.

  6. “Development, Testing and Application of Recycled Plastic Composite sleepers”, Thomas J. Nosker & Arya Tewatia, The Journal--Permanent Way Institution, 2017 VOL 135 PART 2, PP. 20-24.

  7. “Multi-Scale Carbon (Micro/Nano) Fiber Reinforcement of Polyetheretherketone Using High Shear Melt-Processing”, Tewatia, A.; Hendrix, J.; Nosker, T.; Lynch-Branzoi, J. Fibers 2017, 5, 32, doi:10.3390/fib5030032.

  8. “Composition dependence of the mechanical behavior of hydrophobic lignocellulose-reinforced poly (trimethylene) terephthalate composites. Lynch, J. K.; Nosker, T.; Tewatia, In ANTEC 2014 Proceedings, Las Vegas, NV; 2014; pp. 551–555.

  9. “Processing Effects on a Bio-Derived Polymer Matrix Composite”, Jennifer K. Lynch, Thomas J. Nosker, Arya Tewatia, Seth Goonetilleke, Kendall Mills, and Keith Luker, Composites Part A 2013.

  10. “World’s First Thermoplastic Bridges, John Kim, Vijay Chandra, and Thomas Nosker, KSEA (Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association) UKC 2011 meeting, August 10-14, Seoul, Korea 2012