Dr. Pedro Cortes

Associate Professor

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Pedro Cortes is Assistant Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Program and in the Civil/Envtl. & Chemical Engineering Department. His main research areas of interest are smart-functional structures, composite materials and sensors. Currently, Dr. Cortes investigates the structure-property relationship of lightweight foam structures and multifunctional composites constructed via additive manufacturing

Published/Accepted (Refereed Publications):

· K. Myers, B. Katona, P. Cortes and I. N. Orbulov. "Quasi-static and high strain rate response of aluminum matrix syntatic foams under compression". Composites Part A. 79 (2015) 82-91.

· K. Myers, M. Juhasz, P. Cortes, B.P. Conner. “Mechanical modeling based on numerical homogenization of an Al2O3/Al composite manufactured via binder jet printing”. Computational Materials Science 108 (2015) 128-135.

· K. Myers, P. Cortes, B.P. Conner, T. Wagner, B. Hetzel, and K.M. Peters. “Structure Property Relationship of Metal Matrix Syntatic Foams Manufactured by a Binder Jet Printing Process”. (2015) 54-59.

· P. Cortes, S. Deng and G.B. Smith. “The toxicity effects of single wall carbon nanotubes on E. coli and a spore-forming bacillus species”. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters. 6 (2014) 26.

· P. Cortes. “The fracture properties of fiber metal laminates based on a self-reinforced thermoplastic composite material. Polymer Composites. 35 (2014) 427.

· P. Cortes, G. Kubas, J. Terzak, D. Phillips and J.W. Baur. “The morphing properties of a vascular shape memory composite”. Smart Materials and Structures. 23 (2014) 015018.

· P. Cortes, T. Zhu, R. Guzman and G.B. Smith. “Covalent coupling of polyacrylic acid coated magnetic-nanoparticles to multi-wall carbon nanotubes for manipulation targets”. Journal of Experimental Nanoscience. 6 (2011) 665-678.

· P. Cortes, I. Sevostianov and D. Valles. “The fracture properties of composites based out-of-plane nanofibers”. International Journal of Fracture. 161 (2010) 213-220.

· P. Cortes, S. Deng, L. Camacho and G.B. Smith. “The adsorption properties of bacillus athrophaeus spores on functionalized carbon nanotubes”. Journal of Sensors. ID 691585 (2010) 8 pages

· P. Cortes, S. Deng and G.B. Smith. “The adsorption properties of bacillus atrophaeus spores on single-wall carbon nanotubes. Journal of Sensors. ID 131628 (2009) 6 pages.

· P. Cortes, W.J. Cantwell, K.S.C. Kuang and T.S. Quek. “The morphing properties of a smart fiber-metal laminate”. Polymer Composites. 29 (2008) 1263-1268.

· P. Cortes, W.J. Cantwell and K.S.C. Kuang. “The fracture properties of a smart fiber-metal laminate”. Polymer Composites. 28 (2007) 534-544.

· P. Cortes and W.J. Cantwell. “The impact properties of high-temperature fiber-metal laminates”. Journal of Composite Materials. 41 (2007) 613-632.

· P. Cortes and W.J. Cantwell. “Structure-properties relations in titanium-based thermoplastic fiber-metal laminates”. Polymer Composites. 27 (2006) 264-270.

· P. Cortes and W.J. Cantwell. “The prediction of tensile failure in titanium-based thermoplastic fiber-metal laminates”. Composites Science and Technology. 66 (2006) 2306-2316.

· P. Cortes and W.J. Cantwell. “The fracture properties of a fiber-metal laminate based on magnesium alloy”. Composites B: Engineering. 37 (2006) 163-170.

· S.-H. Huang, P. Cortes and W.J. Cantwell. “The influence of moisture on the mechanical properties of wood polymer composites”. Journal of Materials Science. 41 (2006) 5386-5390

· P. Cortes and W.J. Cantwell. “The mechanical properties of high temperature fiber metal laminates”. Advanced Materials and Processes 163 (2005) 31.

· P. Cortes and W.J. Cantwell. “The tensile and fatigue properties of carbon fiber-reinforced PEEK-titanium fiber-metal laminates”. Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites. 23 (2004) 1615-1623.

· P. Cortes and W.J. Cantwell. “Fracture properties of a fiber-metal laminate based on magnesium alloy”. Journal of Materials Science. 39 (2004) 1081-1083.

· P. Cortes, K. Lozano, E.V. Barrera and J. Bonilla-Rios. “Effects of nanofiber treatments on the properties of vapor-grown carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites”. Journal of Applied Polymer Science. 89 (2003) 2527-2534.

· P. Cortes and W.J. Cantwell. “Interfacial fracture properties of carbon fiber reinforced PEEK/titanium fiber-metal laminates”. Journal of Materials Science Letters. 21 (2002) 1819-1823.

Conferences/Proceedings:

· M. Radetic, P. Cortes, G. Kubas J. Cook, R. Chandra, R. Gade and T. Oder. "The sensing properties of fuzzy carbon nanotube based silica fibers". Ceramic Transactions Series Book (To be published) 2016.

· G. Kubas, W. Rees, J. Caguiat, D. Asch, D. Fagan and P. Cortes. “Detection of PETN using a bulk single wall carbon nanotubes/peptide system”. Work accepted at the TechConnect World Innovation. Conference & Expo. To be presented at Washington, D.C. May 2016.

· M. Radetic, P. Cortes, G. Kubas, T. Oder. “The sensing properties of fuzzy carbon nanotube based silica fibers”. Presented at the International Symposium of Materials Science & Technology. Columbus, OH. (2015).

· M. Radetic and P. Cortes. “Blood detection using biologically modified CNT-Fuzzy fibers”. Presented and Ohio Space Grant Consortium Student Symposium. Cleveland, OH. (2016).

· S. Bair, M. Radetic, D. Priour and P. Cortes. Computational Modeling of the Electrical-Sensing Properties of Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes" Accepted on AIChE (2014).

· K. Myers, P. Cortes, B. Hetzel and K.M. Peters. Structure-property relationship of 3D printed ceramic and foam structures. Materials Science and Technology. TMS. (2014) 2003-2010

· K. Myers and P. Cortes. “Structure property relationship of metal matrix syntactic foams manufactured by a binder jet printing process”. 6th annual YSU-Sustainable Energy Forum. June 2014.

· P. Cortes. A. Olszweski and D. Fagan. Blood detection using biological modified CNTs. Proc. AIChE (2013) 1.

· P. Cortes and E. Schubert. The fracture properties of a fiber metal laminate based on self-reinforced thermoplastic material”. Proceedings of the 12th Annual SPE & ACCE. (2012) 1.

· P. Cortes, A.J.W. McClung, J. Sakulich and J.W. Baur. “The relationship between constituent property and bending actuation of shape memory composites”. Proceedings of the SPIE. 8342. (2012) 4.

· A. Olszewski, J.Lara-Romero and P. Cortes. The detection properties of bulky wrapped MWCNTs towards hazardous gases”. NSTI-Nanotech (2012) 256.

· P. Cortes, J. Vrable and H. Marie. “Structure-Properties relations in a Hybrid Laminate Based on self-reinforced composite material”. Proceedings of SAMPE TECH. (2012) 1.

· J. Terzak, P. Cortes, A.J.W. McClung and J.W. Baur. “Modeling of the bending actuation of shape memory composites”. Materials Science and Technology. (2012). 575.

· A. Olszewski, G.M. Brant and J. Lara-Romero and P. Cortes. “Characterization of Bulk Polymer Wrapped MWCNTs for sensitive and selective detection of hazardous gases”. Proceedings of the ICMEE. (2011) 1.

· P. Cortes, G.M. Brant and G.B. Smith. “Detection of Chemical Analytes using Carbon Nanotubes. XXXII National Meeting and I International Congress of AMIDIQ. (2011) 3866

· P. Cortes, J. Vrabel and H. Marie. “Structure-properties relations in a hybrid laminate based on a self-reinforced composite material”. SAMPE Tech. (2011).

· J.C. Ramos, P. Cortes, I. Moggio, E. Arias, C. Martínez and K.J. Moreno. “Novel Composites of Carbon Nanotubes with a Poly(Phenylene Ethynylene) by Non-Covalent Wrapping for Photovoltaic Devices” NSTI Nanotech (2009).

· P. Cortes and W.J. Cantwell. “The mechanical properties of a smart fiber-metal laminate”. 14th ICCE (2006).

· P. Cortes and W.J. Cantwell. “Structure-properties relations in high temperature fiber-metal laminates”. 12th ICCE (2005).

· W.J. Cantwell, P. Cortes, R. Abdullah, G. Carrillo-Baeza, L. Mosse, M. Cardew-Hall, P. Compston and S. Kalyanasundaram. “Novel fiber-metal laminates based on thermoplastic matrices”. 5th ICCST (2005).

Creative work:

· P. Cortes. “Hybrid Shape Memory Polymers-Shape Memory Alloys Composites” In book: Shape Memory Polymers for Aerospace Applications: Novel Synthesis, Modeling, Characterization and Design, Chapter: 9, Publisher: DEStech, Editors: G. Tandon, A.J.W. McClung, J.W. Baur, (2015) 305-346.

· P. Cortes, M. Curl, K. Myers, B. Hetzel and M.K. Peters. The mechanical properties of sandwich structures based on a metal ceramic core and fiber metal laminates skin material. Mechanical Properties and Performance of Engineering Ceramics and Composites IX. Edited by D. Singh and J. Salem. The American Ceramic Society John Wiley & Sons, (2015) 127-137.

· P. Cortes. Fiber Metal Laminates. Society of Plastic Engineers. Plastic Research Online. (Featured research in hybrid composite materials. Invited author). SPEPRO 005219. (2013).

Oral Posters/Presentations:

· P. Cortes, D. Fagan, A. Olszewski, M. Radetic and G. Abdallah. “The selectivity features of a biological fuctionalized carbon nanotubes complex towards blood”. Work accepted at the TechConnect World Innovation. Conference & Expo. Washington, D.C. May 2016.

· G. Kubas, P. Cortes D. Fagan. "Detection of PETN using protein sequences and biologically modified carbon nanotubes". Work presented at the Defense Innovation Technology Acceleration Challenges. San Antonio, Tx. (2015).

· P. Cortes, G. Kubas. The morphing properties of a vascular hybrid shape memory composite. International Conference in Mechanics of Composites (2014).

· G. Abdallah, P. Cortes, et al. Blood detection using biologically modified CNTs. AIChE Student Night. (2014).

· Kyle Myers and P. Cortes. “Binder Jet Printing of SiO2 based ceramics”. America Makes PMR. March 2014.

· A. Lincoln and P. Cortes. Fuzzy fiber sensor – The use of carbon nanotubes to make a sensor. Annual Student Research Symposium. OSGC (2014).

· M. Radetic, P. Cortes. Gas detection using physically functionalized Bulky carbon nanotubes”. Polymer Initiative of Northeast Ohio (PINO) Conference. (2014).

· P. Cortes. The adaptive properties of a vascular shape memory composite. Chemistry Graduate Seminar at YSU. (2013).

· J. Terzak, P. Cortes. The morphing properties of vascular shape memory composites. Ohio Aerospace Institute Annual / University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio (OAI / UCEAO) Annual Industry Forum. (2013).

· K. Myers, M. Curl, P. Cortes, K.-M. Peters, B. Hetzel. The fracture property relationships of hybrid structures. (OAI/UCEAO). (2013).

· G. Kubas and P. Cortes. The morphing properties of a shape memory hybrid composite. XXI Annual Student Research Symposium. Cleveland, OH. (2013).

· G. Kubas and P. Cortes. The morphing properties of a shape memory composite. YSU-QUEST. (2013).

· P. Cortes. The adaptive properties of a microvascular shape memory composite. XXV National Congress of the Mexican Polymeric Society. Merida, Mexico. (2012). [Invitation as plenary speaker].

· P. Cortes. The adaptive properties of a shape memory composite. Regional SAMPE –Great Lakes Chapter Meeting. University of Michigan, MI. (2012). [Invitation as speaker].

· P. Cortes and J. Terzak. The experimental and modeling framework of microvascular shape memory composites. Non-Metallic materials division at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. (2012). Dayton, OH. [Invitation as speaker].

· G. Brant and P. Cortes. “Detection of NO2 using Carbon Nanotubes”. Annual Student Research Symposium. Cleveland, OH. (2012). 89.

· P. Cortes. The bending properties of a morphing composite. Non-Metallic Materials Division at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Dayton, OH. (2011). [Invitation as speaker].

· K.R. Hyden and P. Cortes. “Fiber Metal Laminates”. Annual Student Research Symposium. Cleveland, OH. (2011). 180-182.