Advisor : Dr. Marilyn Minus
Molecular dynamics simulations of neat polymers and polymer - carbon nanotube composites are used to better understand and inform the film and fiber spinning developments. As it is material agnostic, the approach is validated on both PAN-CNT and PVA-CNT systems and can be extended to any semi-crystalline polymer. By maintaining crystallinity when converting to Abaqus, we are able to develop improved representative volumes to describe the semi-crystalline polymer multiscale behavior both in neat and composite functions. Experimental validation is done through the fabrication of polymer films and fibers via dry-wet (gel) spinning.
Advisors : Dr. Sinan Müftü , Dr. Brian Helmuth
Working as part of an international multi-disciplinary group between Northeastern University's Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Marine and Environmental Sciences departments and the Israeli National Institute of Oceanography, Oceanographic and Limnological Research, I performed research into the impact of surface roughness of rocky coastal surfaces on surface availability to solar radiation using COMSOL Multiphysics. 3D GIS scans of coastal surfaces with 1 cm2 resolution were converted to ~1 m3 meshes, and subjected to diurnal solar paths to determine the relationship between surface roughness and area of thermal refugia for sessile organisms.
Barrett, T. J. & Minus, M. L. Thermostat, barostat, and damping parameter impact on tensile behavior of graphene. Submitted.
Barrett T. J., Li M., Gouhier T., Rilov G., Helmuth B., & Müftü S. Effects of solar radiation and surface roughness on surface temperatures of coastal rocks. Awaiting Submission.
Barrett, T. J. & Minus, M. L.. A cluster-based approach for identifying and meshing crystalline regions in molecular dynamics simulations. Oral Presentation. Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting 2022. Honolulu, Hawaii (USA), May 2022.
Programming Languages : Python, MATLAB
Technology : Git, Latex, PyQT, SKLearn, COMSOL, LAMMPS, Abaqus
Fabrication : Neat polymer films and fibers. Polymer- Carbon Nanotube (CNT) composite films and fibers. Dry-wet (gel) spinning.
Characterization Equipment : TGA, DSC, DMA, Optical Microscopes, WAXD, SAXS, SEM
Teaching / Course Responsibilities
MATL6285 - Structure, Properties, and Processing of Polymeric Materials
Acted as the teaching assistant for the MATL6285 graduate level course. Graded homeworks, exams, and acted as substitute lecturer on occasion.
ENLR 5121 - Engineering Leadership
Fall 2020 & Spring 2021
Acted as one of the teaching assistants for Gordon Leadership Program at Northeastern University. Helped with in class activities and discussions.
ME 7285 - Heat Conduction and Thermal Radiation
Acted as a grader for ME 7285. Completed problem sets, developed rubrics, and provided feedback to students to aid in their learning.
Northeastern College of Engineering PhD Council
As one of the first members of the COE PhD Council, I primarily managed and organized events. Beginning in the Fall of 2021, we began offering a weekly coffee hour for College of Engineering PhD students, as well as a monthly TED talk style social event, Science on Tap. Science on Tap is our larger event, for which I organize and arrange speakers, catering, facilities, and most everything else that goes into an event for 60-80 people. Additionally, as members of the COE PhD Council, we help facilitate surveys for the college and meet with faculty and college leadership in an effort to improve the quality of the PhD experience at Northeastern University.
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Graduate Student Council
Stemming from my role in the COE Ph.D. Council, I am working to help newer Ph.D. students develop a Graduate Council within the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department. This group will oversee department level events and act similarly to the COE Ph.D. council. I, along with another member of the council, will help with developing department level events and the student group applications necessary to become a standalone organization within the university.