Sasan Nouranian

Contact Information

Sasan Nouranian, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Mississippi

18 Anderson Hall
University, MS 38677-1848

(662) 915-5382

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Education

  • Postdoctoral Associate, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS)
    Mississippi State University, February 2014
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering with a Minor in Statistics and a Certificate in Materials Science and Engineering
    Mississippi State University, April 2011
  • Master of Science in Polymer Engineering (Polymer Industries Branch)
    Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), July 2003
  • Bachelor of Science in Polymer Engineering (Polymer Industries Branch)
    Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), May 2000

Research Interests

  • Materials Chemistry and Surface Chemistry Modification
  • Interfacial Science and Engineering (Interfacial Phenomena in Materials)
  • Multi-functional Polymer-Matrix Nanocomposites (Graphene-, Carbon Nanotube-, Carbon Nanofiber, Cellulose Nanocrystal-based Nanocomposites)
  • Non-reactive and Reactive Molecular Dynamics (MD) Simulation (Computational Materials Science and Engineering)
  • Materials in Extreme Environments (Energetic Flux Extremes, Temperature Extremes, Microgravity, Chemical Extremes, Electromagnetic Extremes, and Extraterrestrial Environments)
  • Drug Delivery and Targeting Simulations
  • Colloidal Systems and Surfactant-Assisted Stabilization of Suspensions
  • Reactive Potential Development for MD Simulations of Organometallic Material Systems
  • Simulations of Membrane Separations for Gases and Liquids
  • Nonmetallic Additive Manufacturing

Courses Taught

  • Ch E 103 - Introduction to Chemical Engineering I
  • Ch E 308 - Chemical Process Principles II
  • Ch E 412 - Process Control and Safety
  • Ch E 452 - Plant Design II
  • Ch E 515 - Graduate Research Seminar (Graduate)
  • Ch E 560 - Advanced Transport Phenomena I (Graduate)
  • Ch E 561 - Advanced Transport Phenomena II (Graduate)
  • Engr 597 - Experimental Methods in Engineering (Design of Experiments (DOE), Measurement Techniques, and LabVIEW)

Students Advised/Mentored

  • Ph.D. Dissertations:
  • Farzin Rahmani (Chemical Engineering, University of Mississippi, Graduated in Spring 2018) (Director)
  • Amir Khakpay (Chemical Engineering, University of Mississippi, Graduated in Fall 2017) (Co-Director with Dr. Paul Scovazzo)
  • Mina Mahdavi (Chemical Engineering, University of Mississippi, Expected Graduation: Fall 2018) (Director)
  • John Malone (Chemical Engineering, University of Mississippi, Expected Graduation: Fall 2023) (Co-Director with Dr. Alexander Lopez)
  • Hatem Almasaeid (Civil Engineering, University of Mississippi, Graduated in Fall 2018) (Committee Member)
  • Kaloll Talukdar (Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Mississippi, Expected Graduation: Spring 2019) (Committee Member)
  • Hunter Shirley (Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Mississippi, Expected Graduation: Spring 2022) (Committee Member)
  • Vahid Daghigh (Aerospace Engineering, Mississippi State University, Expected Graduation: Fall 2018) (Committee Member)
  • Master's Theses:
  • Jaeyong Shin (Chemical Engineering, University of Mississippi, Graduated in Fall 2016) (Main Advisor)
  • Mohammed Mustafees Khan (Chemical Engineering, University of Mississippi, Graduated in Summer 2018) (Committee Member)
  • Yashaswi Nigam (Chemical Engineering, University of Mississippi, Graduated in Summer 2018) (Committee Member)
  • Saloumeh Kolahchyan (Chemical Engineering, University of Mississippi, Expected Graduation: Fall 2018) (Committee Member)
  • Undergraduate Researchers:
  • Haley McFall, B.S. (Graduated in April 2017)
  • Zachary Zosel, B.S. (Graduated in April 2017)
  • Alex Brown, B.S. (Graduated in April 2018)

Student Awards

  • Mina Mahdavi: 2018 ACS Research Award (American Chemical Society, Local Ole Miss Chapter) (May 2018)
  • Farzin Rahmani: 2018 Graduate Achievement Award, School of Engineering, Ole Miss (April 2018)
  • Farzin Rahmani: 2017 ACS Research Award (American Chemical Society, Local Ole Miss Chapter) (May 2017)

Book Chapters

  • Lacy, T.E., Gwaltney, S.R., Pittman, C.U., Toghiani, H., Jang, C., Nouranian, S., and Yu, J. "Some Key Issues in Multi-Scale Modeling of Thermoset Nanocomposites/Composites," In: Arnold, S.M., Wong, T. (editors). "Tools, Models, Databases, and Simulation Tools Developed and Needed to Realize the Vision of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering," Materials Park, OH: ASM International, ISBN-10: 1615038310 (2011).

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

  • *: Corresponding Author
  • 2018
  • 30. Abuomar, O., Nouranian, S., King, R., and Lacy, T.E. "Application of Materials Informatics to Vapor-Grown Carbon Nanofiber/Vinyl Ester Nanocomposites Through Self-Organizing Maps and Clustering Techniques," Computational Materials Science (2018) (Accepted, In Press).
  • 29. Rahmani, F. and Nouranian, S.* "Thermal Analysis of Montmorillonite/Graphene Double-layer Coating as a Potential Lightning Strike Protective Layer for Crosslinked Epoxy by Molecular Dynamics Simulation," ACS Applied Nano Materials 1(6) (2018): 2521-2525. DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.8b00758
  • 28. Rahmani, F., Jeon, J., Jiang, S., and Nouranian, S.* "Melting and Solidification Behavior of Cu/Al and Ti/Al Bimetallic Core/Shell Nanoparticles During Additive Manufacturing by Molecular Dynamics Simulation," Journal of Nanoparticle Research 20 (2018): 133 (11 pages). DOI: 10.1007/s11051-018-4237-z
  • 27. Tschopp, M.A., Rinderspacher, C., Nouranian, S., Baskes, M.I., Gwaltney, S.R., and Horstemeyer, M.F. "Quantifying Parameter Sensitivity and Uncertainty for Interatomic Potential Design: Application to Saturated Hydrocarbons," ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part B: Mechanical Engineering (Special Issue on Uncertainty Quantification in Multiscale System Design and Simulation) 4(1) (2018): 011004 (17 pages). DOI: 10.1115/1.4037455
  • 2017
  • 26. Shin, J., Nouranian, S.*, Ureña-Benavides, E.E., and Smith, A.E. "Dynamic Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Cellulose Nanocrystal/Epoxy Nanocomposites," Green Materials 5(3) (2017): 123-134. DOI: 10.1680/jgrma.17.000055
  • 25. Khakpay, A., Rahmani, F., Nouranian, S.*, and Scovazzo, P. "Molecular Insights on the CH4/CO2 Separation in Nanoporous Graphene and Graphene Oxide Separation Platforms: Adsorbents Versus Membranes," The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121(22) (2017): 12308-12320. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b03728
  • 24. Li, X., Al-Ostaz, A., Jaradat, M., Rahmani, F., Nouranian, S., Rushing, G., Manasrah, A., Alkhateb, H., Finckenor, M, and Lichtenhan, J. "Substantially Enhanced Durability of Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsequioxane-Polyimide Nanocomposites Against Atomic Oxygen Erosion," European Polymer Journal 92 (2017): 233-249. DOI: 10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2017.05.004
  • 23. Rahmani, F., Mahdavi, M., Nouranian, S.*, and Al-Ostaz, A. "Confinement Effects on the Thermal Stability of Poly(ethylene oxide)/Graphene Nanocomposites: A Reactive Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study," Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics 55(13) (2017): 1026-1035. DOI: 10.1002/polb.24355
  • 22. Rahmani, F., Nouranian, S.*, Li, X., and Al-Ostaz, A. "Reactive Molecular Simulation of the Damage Mitigation Efficacy of POSS-, Graphene-, and Carbon Nanotube-Loaded Polyimide Coatings Exposed to Atomic Oxygen Bombardment," ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 9(14) (2017): 12802-12811. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b02032
  • 21. Mun, S., Bowman, A.L., Nouranian, S., Gwaltney, S.R., Baskes, M.I., and Horstemeyer, M.F. "Interatomic Potential for Hydrocarbons on the Basis of the Modified Embedded-Atom Method with Bond Order (MEAM-BO)," The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 121(7) (2017): 1502-1524. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.6b11343
  • 20. Rahmani, F., Nouranian, S.*, Mahdavi, M., and O’Haver, J.H. "A Fundamental Investigation of the Surfactant-Stabilized Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube/Epoxy Resin Suspensions by Molecular Dynamics Simulation," Materials Research Express 4(1) (2017): 015016 (10 Pages). DOI: 10.1088/2053-1591/aa5465
  • 2016
  • 19. Rahmani, F., Nouranian, S.*, Mahdavi, M., and Al-Ostaz, A. "Molecular Simulation Insights on the In Vacuo Adsorption of Amino Acids on Graphene Oxide Surfaces with Varying Surface Oxygen Densities," Journal of Nanoparticle Research 18(11) (2016): 320 (17 Pages). DOI: 10.1007/s11051-016-3631-7
  • 18. Mahdavi, M., Rahmani, F., and Nouranian, S.* "Molecular Simulation of pH-dependent Diffusion, Loading, and Release of Doxorubicin in Graphene and Graphene Oxide Drug Delivery Systems," Journal of Materials Chemistry B 4 (2016): 7441-7451. DOI: 10.1039/C6TB00746E
  • 2015
  • 17. Nouranian, S.*, Gwaltney, S.R., Baskes, M.I., Tschopp, M.A., and Horstemeyer, M.F. "Simulations of Tensile Bond Rupture in Single Alkane Molecules Using Reactive Interatomic Potentials," Chemical Physics Letters 635 (2015): 278-284. DOI: 10.1016/j.cplett.2015.06.071
  • 16. Drake, D.A., Sullivan, R.W., Lacy, T.E., Pittman, Jr., C.U., Toghiani, H., DuBien, J.L., Nouranian, S., and Simsiriwong, J. "Creep Characterization of Vapor-Grown Carbon Nanofiber/Vinyl Ester Nanocomposites Using a Response Surface Methodology," Journal of Applied Polymer Science 132(26) (2015): 42162 (12 Pages). DOI: 10.1002/app.421621
  • 15. AbuOmar, O., Nouranian, S., King, R., Ricks, T.M., and Lacy, T.E. "Comprehensive Mechanical Property Classification of Vapor-Grown Carbon Nanofiber/Vinyl Ester Nanocomposites Using Support Vector Machines," Computational Materials Science 99 (2015): 316-325. DOI: 10.1016/j.commatsci.2014.12.029
  • 14. Asadi, E., Asle Zaeem, M., Nouranian, S., and Baskes, M.I. "Quantitative Modeling of the Equilibration of Two-Phase Solid-Liquid Fe by Atomistic Simulations on Diffusive Time Scales," Physical Review B 91(2) (2015): 024105 (13 Pages). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.91.024105
  • 13. Asadi, E., Asle Zaeem, M., Nouranian, S., and Baskes, M.I. "Two-Phase Solid-Liquid Coexistence of Ni, Cu, and Al by Modified Embedded-Atom Method," Acta Materialia 86 (2015): 169-181. DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2014.12.010
  • 2014
  • 12. Nouranian, S., Tschopp, M.A., Gwaltney, S.R., Baskes, M.I., and Horstemeyer, M.F. "An Interatomic Potential for Saturated Hydrocarbons Based on the Modified Embedded-Atom Method," Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 16(13) (2014): 6233-6249. DOI: 10.1039/C4CP00027G
  • 2013
  • 11. AbuOmar, O., Nouranian, S., King, R.,Bouvard, J.-L., Toghiani, H., Lacy, T.E., and Pittman, C.U. "Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery in Materials Science and Engineering: A Polymer Nanocomposites Case Study," Advanced Engineering Informatics 27(4) (2013): 615-624. DOI: 10.1016/j.aei.2013.08.002
  • 10. Lee, J., Nouranian, S., Torres, G.W., Lacy, T.E., Toghiani, H., Pittman, C.U., and DuBien, J. L. "Characterization, Prediction, and Optimization of Flexural Properties of Vapor-Grown Carbon Nanofiber/Vinyl Ester Nanocomposites by Response Surface Modeling," Journal of Applied Polymer Science 130(3) (2013): 2087-2099. DOI: 10.1002/app.39380
  • 9. Nouranian, S., Toghiani, H., Lacy, T.E., Pittman, C.U., and DuBien, J. L. "Response Surface Predictions of the Viscoelastic Properties of Vapor-Grown Carbon Nanofiber/Vinyl Ester Nanocomposites," Journal of Applied Polymer Science 130(1) (2013): 234-247. DOI: 10.1002/app.39041
  • 8. Nouranian, S.*, Lee, J., Torres, G.W., Lacy, T.E., Toghiani, H., and Pittman, C.U. "Effects of Moulding Condition and Curing Atmosphere on the Flexural Properties of Vinyl Ester," Polymers and Polymer Composites 21(2) (2013): 61-64. PDF
  • 7. Torres, G.W., Nouranian, S., Lacy, T.E., Toghiani, H., DuBien, J., and Pittman, C.U. "Statistical Characterization of the Impact Strengths of Vapor-Grown Carbon Nanofiber/Vinyl Ester Nanocomposites Using a Central Composite Design," Journal of Applied Polymer Science 128(2) (2013): 1070-1080. DOI: 10.1002/app.38190
  • 2012
  • 6. Francis, D.K., Deang, J., Florea, R.S., Gaston, D.R., Lee, N., Nouranian, S., Permann, C., Rudd, J., Seely, D., Whittington, W.R., and Horstemeyer, M.F. "Characterization and Failure of a Polymeric Clamp Hanger Component," Engineering Failure Analysis 26 26 (2012): 230-239. DOI: 10.1016/j.engfailanal.2012.07.020
  • 5. Jang, C., Nouranian, S., Lacy, T.E., Gwaltney, S.R., Toghiani, H., and Pittman, C.U. "Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Oxidized Vapor-Grown Carbon Nanofiber Surface Interactions with Vinyl Ester Resin Monomers," Carbon 50(3) (2012): 748-760. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2011.09.013
  • 2011
  • 4. Nouranian, S., Jang, C., Lacy, T.E., Gwaltney, S.R., Toghiani, H., and Pittman, C.U. "Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Vinyl Ester Resin Monomer Interactions with a Pristine Vapor-Grown Carbon Nanofiber and Their Implications for Composite Interphase Formation," Carbon 49(10) (2011): 3219-3232. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2011.03.047
  • 3. Nouranian, S., Toghiani, H., Lacy, T.E., Pittman, C.U., and DuBien, J. "Dynamic Mechanical Analysis and Optimization of Vapor-Grown Carbon Nanofiber/Vinyl Ester Nanocomposites Using Design of Experiments," Journal of Composite Materials 45(16) (2011): 1647-1657. DOI: 10.1177/0021998310385027
  • 2009
  • 2. Bouvard, J.-L., Ward. D.K., Hossain, D., Nouranian, S., Marin, E., and Horstemeyer, M.F. "Review of Hierarchical Multiscale Modeling to Describe the Mechanical Behavior of Amorphous Polymers," Journal of Engineering Materials - Transactions of the ASME 131(4) (2009): 041206-1 (15 Pages). DOI: 10.1115/1.3183779
  • 2007
  • 1. Nouranian, S., Garmabi, H., and Mohammadi, N. "Taguchi-Based Optimization of Adhesion of Polyurethane to Plasticized Poly(vinyl chloride) in Synthetic Leather," Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology 21(8) (2007): 705-724. DOI: 10.1163/156856107781362644