Hi! I'm Tj, a Ph.D. candidate at Northeastern University studying the crystallinity development, interphase / interface behaviors, and macroscopic behaviors of semi-crystalline polymer based nanocomposites. My background is in mechanical engineering and materials science, but my research has introduced me to many fields outside those disciplines, including biophysical ecology, marine sciences, a bit of geology, chemistry, and more recently machine learning.
Having been fortunate enough to be exposed to such a wide variety of research topics, I have found myself increasingly interested in the applicability of what I have learned from materials science to topics beyond that of the traditional high performance materials, manufacturing, etc. . As the majority of my Ph.D. research revolves around the use of molecular dynamics (MD) and machine learning, I hope to lean on the knowledge I have gained in these fields in the future. Some things that I am interested in pursuing outside of my current research topic include nanotoxicity, cellular representations in MD, and sustainable materials.
Thomas J. Barrett
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department
College of Engineering